Bolton Wildlife Area News
The sunflowers have been planted, but emergence was staggered and spotty. Time will tell if the doves are attracted to them or not. The wheat looks fantastic and will be managed for dove in the usual fashion by mowing and/or burning. This year proso millet was planted in one of the patches to try out as another tool in the dove management toolbox on the area. On other wildlife areas in the state and around the region, proso is one of the best crops to bring in the doves for fast fall shooting.
Due to the high number of shots fired on the area during dove season, this may be the last year for lead shot on the food plots.
The native grass pasture on the area has been under patch-burn grazing for the last three years. In this system we have been burning 1/3 or the grass each spring to more closely mimic the traditional burning/grazing patterns of the historic tallgrass prairie. The patch burn this fall was conducted on the middle 1/3 and went well. Cattle are now on the pasture and doing well. The West pond is still not to the normal level, but is high enough to run the stock tank behind the dam. The pond on the East side of the property looks pretty good and supports a healthy largemouth bass population.
Mulberry Creek is flowing again and has sunfish in some of the pools.