Bolton Wildlife Area News
Cover crops have been planted on the fields going into sunflowers this coming spring for soil health and to provide some deer browse a little later in the year. The reduction in stocking rates has left more residual cover for prairie chickens than usual in the section that was burned last spring.
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. This fall/winter the firebreak around the middle third section of the pasture will be mowed and prepared for the burn that will likely occure in April. So far the rains have been timely and the area looks good. 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.