Originally Posted by traqem
When do you plant chufa in the south to have them available during turkey season?
If memory is correct at least 120d before first frost. If you plant say in May and the stand is thin...you can till lightly again in July and get new growth from remaining tubers. The answer is honestly May through July...rain dependant of course. Get In the Game TV on the Outdoor channel has a good speel on it.
Most suggest plowing a middle strip post-frost when the forage has browned so the birds will winter in the area. They should scratch the rest of the field during the winter. Till another portion about March 1 before season. Early season while the birds are still in larger flocks and before they disperse into remote nesting habitat will be your best hunting....honestly this is normally the toughest turkey hunting. A few hens should nest around the area providing on/off late season hunting.
While the fat/carbohydrate content of the tubers is attractive as a deer food....it seems rather low on the preference list....esp when hard mast or lush cool seson grasses are available.
BTW...Flatsedge is a common marsh relative....supposedly high on puddle duck preference list.