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Illinois Subsidy Offer Spring 2013

Dear Illinois Member:

The IL State Chapter Board of Directors is offering its members the opportunity to purchase NWTF Strut & Rut® mixes at subsidized prices. This year’s choices include Alfalfa Attractant, Triple Threat Clover, Super Sorghum and Buckwheat. The Illinois Hunting Heritage Super Fund will pay 50% of the cost for the seed and shipping.

Annual members may choose ONE of each of the subsidized options
Sponsor members may choose up to 3 of each of the options (except buckwheat - limited TWO bags)

All orders filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Quantities are limited; seed ships approx. two weeks from date the order is entered in the system.

***As an additional benefit, each member may purchase additional bags of these mixes in unlimited quantities at the NON-SUBSIDIZED prices listed on the order form.

Strut and Rut® Alfalfa Attractant Mix comes pre-inoculated and a 12-pound bag will cover approx. 1 acre. It provides areas of food and cover through the winter and provides excellent nesting and brood-rearing cover during spring and early summer. It is heavily utilized by wild turkeys, deer and other wildlife. Broadcast over one acre from May into late June and in fall through September. Cover seed ¼” deep using a drag or culti-packer to insure good soil to seed contact. Soil pH should be 6.0 - 7.0.soil tested, fertilize with 5-10-15 at a rate of 250 pounds per acre and a minimum of 2,000 pounds of lime per acre.

Strut and Rut® Triple Threat Clover Mix is a concentrated, pre-inoculated clover mix including Crimson, Patriot and Durana clovers. This mix will provide high quality food and cover for wild turkeys, deer and other wildlife. This mix is adapted to most sites and will stay established for several years with proper maintenance. Prepare the seedbed by disking or harrowing the ground. Create a smooth seedbed. Follow the recommendations on amounts of lime and fertilizer. Broadcast seed over one acre. Cover seed ¼” deep using a drag or cultipacker to insure good seed to soil contact. Soil pH should be 6.0 to 7.0.  Normally can be planted early fall or early spring depending on location.

Super Sorghum Strut & Rut® Mix should be planted into well-tilled soil with either a wheat drill or broadcast. Plant about 1 ½ inches deep or at least into the moisture. If drilled, the 15 lbs. will cover two acres or one acre if broadcast. If seed is broadcast, then lightly disk or cultipack after broadcasting. A variety of sorghums in the mix is designed specifically to provide a high energy food supply through an extended period and also to minimize deer damage. This blend is normally planted a couple weeks later than corn and is adapted to a variety of soil types. A 15 lb bag usually covers 1 acre.

Buckwheat is a very popular feed crop for wildlife, as well as an excellent cover crop. It does well in almost any soil and produces heavy seed crop that shatter easily making them readily accessible to turkeys, ducks, quail and other wildlife. Plant after the danger of frost and at the rate of 40-50 lbs. per acre. A weed-free, smooth, well-prepared seedbed should be established before the crop is seeded. Seed should be placed into moist soil to ensure quick germination (can mature in 10 to 12 weeks with good weather). Do not seed more than 2 inches deep. Fertilize with 5-10-10.

Every bag purchased results in an acre of quality wild turkey brood habitat being established. This helps the IL State Chapter address a key issue identified in our state strategy of the North American Wild Turkey Management Plan. Your membership and financial support at our banquets helps make this program possible and allows the chapter to address high priority habitat needs in our state. THANK YOU!

Click here to download a seed subsidy order form.


Mike Lowder
Illinois State Chapter President
National Wild Turkey Federation




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