Getting Ready for Fall, By: Tracy Breen

The summer is very busy here at Illinois Connection. While many are pool side enjoying the sun or going on a summer vacation, we are hard at work getting our food plots ready for fall so hunters can see lots of big bucks. Pike County and Brown County have many big bucks and we make sure you see them by keeping our plots extra lush and green. To do that, we do a lot of mowing. “We are busy mowing our food plots right now,” said Doug Benefield, Owner of Illinois Connection. “Mowing helps eliminate the weeds and helps the plot grow nice and thick.”

Since we have so many food plots, mowing is often an all day job. “We have dozens of food plots to mow this summer so we often start out first thing in the morning and mow all day,” Benefield explained. Besides mowing food plots, we are paying close attention to which ones might need to be sprayed, where stands should be hung and we start checking trail cameras to see which big bucks made it through winter and what kind of racks they are growing.

This summer has been a great one for growing crops. We had plenty of rain this spring and although it has been extremely warm this past week, deer should have plenty to eat and drink which means bucks should be healthy and strong which usually means they are growing lots of bone on their heads.

Fall is just around the corner and we are looking forward to seeing you.