You Want To Grow a Bad Food Plot?

I have noticed a ton of people find our blog by using the key words “bad food plots”.. Which makes me think, everyone wants to know how to ruin a food plot. Luckily for you I have a black thumb and I am a complete expert on bad food plots.

Step One:Decide if you really want to plant a food plot.. I mean really consider this. Food plots take work. A lot of work. Just don’t do one.

Step Two: Stay inside. I’m serious do NOT go outside and scout out the perfect spot for a food plot. Just keep your little butt in your Lazyboy flipping between The Outdoor Network and ESPN and checking your titter. That’s where you belong.

Step Three: Okay fine, youuu decided you didnt want to sit inside, morphing into a couch potato. If you made it this far, it means you found a decent spot to put in a bad food plot. The best this to do is just avoid dragging your tractor out to this “perfect” spot. Do not rotatil the ground and do not test the pH Levels of the soil.. Just don’t. Maybe you should go back inside at this point.

Step Four: I told you to not test the pH Levels! But if you did.. You did.. I tried to stop you.. Depending on how your results turned out don’t lime or fertilize the field.

Step Five: Next you want to pick out a seed to plant. Try your best to avoid a seed deer actually like to eat. This means avoid seeds like rye, clover, oats, turnips, and rapeseed. Deer are also partial to corn, beans, pumpkins, and sunflowers. Basically, avoid planting anything a deer would find yummy.

Step Six: Don’t use and Roundup or any other weed preventative products. If you want a bad food plot, you need to let all those weeds and scrub bushes to take over the field. Maybe you should just avoid your field at this point. Go out golfing, take you wife on a hot date or maybe check out Cabelas.com. Just avoid the field!

Step Seven: Around July don’t bother to set up a trail camera anywhere near the food plot. Chances are if you followed Steps One thru Six correctly, your food plot is crappy and deer won’t be anywhere near the plot. Also don’t put up a tree stand at this time. Wait until at least the day before opening day of hunting season. You want those deer to be shocked at the cool, new shiny tree stand!

Step Eight: Continue to do the bare minimum and try to avoid the plot all together. Once October rolls around, don’t even bother hunting here because chances are the deer won’t be there because you planted the ultimate bad food plot.

Wait??? You actully want to grow amazing food plots?? Well that’s easy! Just do the opposite of everything I just told you! Happy Hunting!

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Taking the Bite out of Summer with Avon (Product Review)

We spend a lot of time in the woods (obviously, I mean why else would we call our blog Boyd’s in the Woods?) and because of our love for everything the outdoors Avon has decided to team up with us and send some Skin So Soft Bug Guard to test out. I must say, it was a match made in outdoorsy heaven. We LOVE IT! Nick was a tiny bit leery to use it.. To quote Mr Boyd himself.. “AVON? Isn’t that crap for chics? I think my mom uses that!!”. Well boys.. It’s not just for the ladies.. It’s for your whole dang family!

Since they have such a vast collection I decided it would be best to review this a’la yearbook superlatives style. Let’s get this ball rolling, shall we!

Most likely to Protect you from Deer Ticks when you are Knee-deep in a Pine Tree Forest. Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition ™ SPF 30 ($14-$16) – Combined sun and insect protection in one product and available in an Aerosol spray and Pump spray.  Strong and long-lasting repellency against mosquitoes, deer ticks, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges. 

This is the spray we used the most. I like the fact that it offered sunscreen while preventing bugs such as mosquitoes and deer flies from attacking our feet. We also liked that it was “scent-free”.

Willing to Go to the End of The Earth to Make you Happy. Bug Guard Plus Picaridin ($14-$16) – Protection during dusk & dawn, which is when mosquitoes are more active.  Repels deer ticks that may transmit Lyme disease and mosquitoes that may carry West Nile virus.  Available as an Aerosol Spray, Pump Spray and travel-friendly Towelettes.

Some people like options.. A little bit of variety. I get that and that’s why Bug Guard Plus Picaridin is perfect. I loved that I could just toss the towelette packets right into my Ipad carrying case or purse and be on our way to the cabin. Or if I wanted I could pick up either the pump spray or aersol spray. You know how I love my options!

Most Creative Bug Guard Plus IR3535® SPF 30Lotions ($14) – Repel mosquitoes, deer ticks, black flies, sand flies, gnats, no-seeums and biting midges.  Aloe and Vitamin E-enriched formulas are available as a Gentle Breeze Lotion and Cool ‘n Fabulous Disappearing Color Lotion.


Not going to lie. These lotions were my favorite.  They smelled amazing!  Wait did I just say the bug spray smelled amazing?! Oh yeah.. I certainly did.. We happened to watch our little niece this weekend and she thought it was the coolest thing that the Cool ‘n Fabulous bug guard/sunscreen when on blue and then disappeared. She was all about lotioning us up!

Most Likely to have your Back if you Forgot.. Anti-Itch Spray– Provides temporary, soothing relief to itchy insect bites. ($10) (Does not repel insects & use as directed)

With all the bug spray floating around the cabin, we didn’t worry to much about forgetting to spray up, but Nick’s dad did.. (tsk tsk..) and of course the deer flies attacked his ankles! Luckily, I had brought the Anti-Itch Spray just in case… He said it was such a relief! Usually after a bite he is itching like crazy and usually ends up bleeding from it, but not with the Anti-Itch Spray.

Overall, we were extremely happy with the Skin So Soft Big Guard Collection and it will be with us on the front line battling all the creepy-crawlys. If you feel like you need assistance battling the bugs defiently check out Avon’s line of Skin So Soft. Beyond just fighting off the bugs outdoors, Avon’s Skin So Soft Bug collection also helps you swat them away virtually with the first-ever Bug Guard game found on their Facebook page! I’ve been playing nonstop since I found out about it! Also everyone who plays will receive a free shipping code that can be redeemed at Avon.com!

Disclosure: Avon provided free samples of their products to review.  I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience 

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Pumpkin Patch Food Plot

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We are trying something new this year. We planted a pumpkin patch in one of our smaller food plots. We don’t plan on growing monster blue ribbion pumpkins but we do plan on growing monster deer! All together we have 3 varieties of pumpkins planted and over 75 indvidual seedling sprouting up daily.

Do you have any exciting things growing in your plots this summer?

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What do a Coyote, Velvet Antlers and a Mule Deer have in common?

So what DO a coyote, velvet antlers and a mule deer have in common?? Well they actually all live in my deep freezer. Yup that’s right every time I have to run out there to grab a package of venison I am eye to eye with a dead coyote (well not really because he is wrapped up in a garbage bag..). I have to push aside the velvet sheds and the mule deer skull, just to find a fudge pop..

Why do we have this odd combination in our freezer? I have no idea.. The summer I met Nick. We found the coyote on the road.. Hit by a car. In perfect condition. Minus the dead-ness.. Somebody (*coughNickcough*) had this bright idea that one day this pristine coyote  would be made into a beautiful coyote mount..Why? Because every hunter needs a beautiful coyote mount to hang on the wall along with an amazing story of how he hunted and tracked this coyote in a blizzard thirty below.. up hill.. wind blowing.... I mean hit by a car and found on the side of the road.. Yet this ugly beautiful coyote still lives in my deep freezer.. 7 years later..

It’s almost the same story with the velvet antlers.. Nick was driving to work last summer, went over a hill and spotted a dead 7 point buck. He used is sawzall (yeah I totally google what one of those look like…) and chopped sawed the antlers off, threw it in the bed of his work truck and went about his day..  Did I mention it was July and it was like 100-million degrees outside? Let’s put this equation together.. Dead deer skull top + Hot humid Michigan in July weather + velvet antlers = the stinkiest thing EVER.  Instead of just leaving it outside to just air out it went into a garbage bag and straight into the deep freezer..

The Mule Deer was actually hunted in Montana. We have been waiting for Stan our taxidermist to have an opening to get him mounted. Hopefully this sucker will be at Stan’s by the end of June being made all pretty so he can hang on the wall with his white tail companion..

That still leaves me with some lingering questions.. When will I get rid of that ugly coyote?? Will the stinky sheds ever go outside? Will Mule-y get mounted? Will Nick and Shawna move to Iowa and be happy ever after???

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Things Are Lookin’ a Little Green Around Here

I love summer time. Maybe even a little more than winter time. Everything is starting to green up! And exciting things are happening down at the Boyd’s. If you follow me on Instagram(@shawnafleming) you know that I take a lot of pictures of Maggie, myself and being outside. The downside with instagram, is that you are limited to one 120 characters. Which means I can’t always explains my pictures like I wish..

 I am happy to report that our pear trees are doing fantastic.  Each tree has 6-8 baby pears on them. Our first since we planted.

 I have not killed our tomato plants. YET! But I did manage to kill off a cucumber plant and a pepper plant.

Also happening at the Boyd’s this weekend… food plot planting, pumpkin patrol, nephew chasing, and maybe some fishing in the pond.

Do you have big plans for the weekend?

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Oh Michigan!

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It’s the second of June. The birds are chirping, new buds are blooming and its colder today than it was in January!! Only in Michigan! So how about an update? Yeah I know. I am a major slacker!

Lets get started!

- We are working on a new food plot.
– We planted a garden.
– We are taking a break from being a couple, but spend more time together than we have in a long time.
– I moved into a dinky apartment and I am learning how to do things on my own. This is major for me.
– We have pears growing on our pear trees! First time ever!!
Finally, we are planting pumpkins for the deer!

I appreciate all the support I have had in the last month. It’s been crazy roller coaster and I know in the end everything will be fantastic!

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Honey Bunches of Oats: A single girl’s staple food.

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Due to a recent change of events, I have found myself living the single girl life style. (I promise I will explain later!) and because of this I have been living off of beer, potatos, ramen and cereal.. SoOoO healthy, I know.. and just when I was completly out of cereal, Honey Bunches of Oats comes through for me and sends me a box to sample! All I can say is WAHOO!! I love Honey Bunches of Oats and now they have made them with even more oat clusters! Thank the Oat Gods!

Whe I first opened the box up and I could smell the sweet honey aroma. It smelled amazing. So I poured myself a bowl. Grabbed the milk and took a bite. Maybe it’s because I have been living of beer and potatos I don’t know but this was the best bite of food I have ate in a long time. The cereal did not get soggy but it still soaked up the milk decently. I finished the bowl and proceeded to pour myself another. Which I ate equally as fast. 

 Lucky for you dear reader. I am hosting a small contest. Simple leave me a comment telling me how perfect Honey Bunches of Oats would be at your next hunting camp breakfast and you could win a free box of Honey Bunches of Oats. Contest ends Sunday May 20th 2012

 

Honey Bunches of Oats provided free samples/ coupons of their product so I could review them. However, all the opinions expressed here are my own.

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