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Virginia Subsidy Offer Spring 2013

Dear Virginia Member:

The Virginia State Chapter Board of Directors is pleased to offer its members the opportunity to purchase seed and seedlings at a subsidized price. Members are limited based on their level of membership listed on the order form. The Virginia State Hunting Heritage Super Fund will pay 50% of the products and shipping charges.

All orders are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Quantities are limited on subsidized products due to the dollars allocated to the program. Triple threat and Common Persimmonn shipping allow 2 to 3 weeks from the date your order is entered in our system. Other seedlings will be shipped after April 1st. Additional bags of seed or seedlings may be purchased in unlimited quantities using the non subsidized portion of the order form.

Triple Threat Clover Strut and Rut® Mix is a concentrated, pre-inoculated clover mix including Crimson, Patriot, and Durana clovers. All seeds in this mix are legumes, which means that you will be providing the best quality food and cover conditions for wild turkeys, deer and other wildlife on your property. This mix of seed 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. Always do a soil test! Add the recommended amounts of lime and fertilizer. Incorporate both into the soil. Broadcast seed over one acre. Cover seed ¼” deep using a drag or cultipacker to ensure 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. Check with local Extension Office for proper seeding dates.

Common Persimmon is a tree with a dense cylindrical or rounded crown, or sometimes a shrub, best known by its sweet, orange fruit in autumn. Habitat: Moist alluvial soils of valleys and in dry uplands; also at road sides and in old fields, clearings, and mixed forests.

Red Splendor Crabapple an upright, more or less open headed tree, flowers are a rosy red bloom. Outstanding features are the tree's almost complete disease resistance and its small red fruit, 1cm in diameter that cling to the trees all winter. The flowering crabapples are a durable and highly useful ornamental trees that are strikingly beautiful in bloom. Crabapples remain on the tree all through winter, providing a good food source for turkeys, grouse and songbirds well into spring.

Nannyberry is a large growing "leggy" native shrub that can be pruned into a small tree form. It produces 2-3" clusters of white flowers in the spring. Mature fruit are black in color. Fall color is deep maroon to red. The glossy, green leaves are 1 ½" wide and up to 4" long.

American Plum can be a small tree or a large shrub. As a tree, it typically grows to 15-25' tall with a broad, spreading crown. As a shrub, it suckers freely and can form large colonies. 2-5 flowered clusters (umbels) of 5-petaled white flowers (1" diameter) appear in March before the foliage. Flowers are followed by edible, round, red plums (1" diameter) with bright yellow pulp which ripen in early summer. Although the plums can be eaten raw, the quality is somewhat poor. The fruits are perhaps better used for preserves and jellies. Toothed, oblong to ovate leaves are 3-4" long and turn yellow to red in autumn. Branches and twigs are an attractive dark reddish-brown and sometimes have thorny lateral branchlets. American Plum is very hardy and drought resistant. Excellent for wildlife plantings.

Every bag of seed purchased results in an acre of quality wild turkey brood habitat being established. This helps the 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.

Rick Layser
Virginia State Chapter President
National Wild Turkey Federation




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