As the summer months begin to wind towards fall, it won’t be too much longer until whitetail hunters across North America begin to make their first moves on the woodsy chess board where the whitetail buck of their dreams roams about.
But before any type of checkmate move can occur on a big buck later this fall, bowhunters, gun hunters, and muzzleloaders likely have some work to do over the next several weeks to get ready for deer season.
From sighting in a new bow or rifle to putting up a new treestand to running a collection of game cameras for the building of a big buck hitlist, the list of chores to be checked off is often considerable before a hunter is ready to sit and wait on the first shooting opportunity of the new season.
For many of those hunters, getting a piece of property ready for deer season will involve some time spent on the seat of a tractor, doing some serious dirt work to get food plots ready for either deer nutrition or hunting purposes.
In days gone by, such work might have necessitated a barn filled with a big tractor and several expensive implements. But now, all that such chores really need is for a hunter to have a Firminator G-3 hooked up to the back of a tractor or even an ATV.
As a multipurpose agricultural grade tool that serves as a disc harrow, drop-seeder, and cultipacker, the Firminator G-3 delivers all of those ground preparation goods in a single unit that makes food plot work a much easier task along with being far more cost effective.
"This unit can do all three jobs, and do each one quite well, I might add, with zero compromise," agrees Mike Carney, longtime co-host of Bowhunter TV and an Outdoor Sportsman Group publishing executive, in a great video that explains the benefits and usage of the Firminator G-3 unit.
Offered in a 3-foot model designed for ATV usage, as well as 4-, 5-, 6- and 8-foot models that are perfect for small and medium sized tractors, Carney notes that the G-3’s heavy-duty frame construction and sheer weight make it an "...extremely stout piece of equipment."
According to Carney, the angle of the Firminator G-3’s well-made discs are easily adjustable so that a whitetail hunter – or is that a whitetail farmer? – can fine tune the unit to get the ground properly prepped for planting.
And that’s true whether a light tillage is needed or some sort of full-scale turnover of dirt is required to get the ground properly broken up. While he acknowledges that the Firminator isn’t a single pass unit, the Bowhunter TV personality also points out that the G-3 is a deer farming tool that does its work well, ensuring that the ground preparation chores are done effectively and efficiently in a minimum amount of time.
When it's time to actually put some seed into the ground, the G-3 makes such work a breeze thanks to its adjustable drop-seeder and Accu-Seed metering system that easily plants everything from the smallest of clover seeds to much larger grains like corn, soybeans, peas, or milo.
As the seed is delivered and planted into the ground, the overall weight of the Firminator G-3 along with its heavy duty cast iron notched wheels on the cultipacker portion of the unit all work together. This helps to ensure that dirt clods are broken up thoroughly, that no air pockets are left behind, and that a good seed bed is obtained.
When all of that happens, there’s a great chance for superb seed germination to take place, which will lead to lush food plots that serve the nutritional needs of a white-tailed deer well along with helping a hunter find autumn success.
"Make no mistake, this is a truly heavy-duty production caliber piece of equipment that will last a lifetime of food plotting," notes Carney. "And everything has been well thought out from storage racks for fertilizer and seed bags to durable construction grade powder coat finish. It even has scrapers for the cultipacker wheels and between the actual discs themselves."
In short, the Firminator G-3 does most everything a deer hunter could ever want it to do, from prepping large destination plots that will attract many deer and provide necessary nutrition as well as building the small kill plots that a bowhunter will be sitting over as he or she patiently waits on the buck of a lifetime to finally show.
But if having the right piece of equipment is one key – and make no mistake about it, the Firminator G-3 is the right piece of equipment for most any flood plot chore that a hunter can dream up – so too is having a solid game plan about what needs to happen on a piece of hunting ground.
Without an effective food plotting game plan, dirt work and seed planting could end up becoming little more than busy work, a pathway towards wasting time, money, and energy that leads to little or nothing in the results department.
Why is that a possibility? Because the goal is to do more than plant a few fields, instead having a comprehensive game plan in place to meet the year-round nutritional needs of whitetails along with helping up the odds for a hunter to one day put a deer tag on a heavy antlered buck or a surplus doe.
How can a hunter ensure that such desired results happen? One way is to use aerial photos or online satellite imagery to get a base map established for the hunting property in question. Once that map is in place, hunters can then mark existing landmarks, access roads, and movement enhancing cover that will help dictate where such plots need to be located in the daily matrix of where whitetails live, feed, bed, and move.
Once such a map is laid out, it’s then time to seek the most effective places – and efficient pathways – to establish a variety of food plots on the hunting ground.
For larger, more accessible fields on a piece of property, think about planting high-protein summer feeding plots and high-carb fall and late-winter feeding plots that help whitetails survive the rigors of the rut and the worst that Old Man Winter can throw at them.
When it comes to the smaller, more isolated locations found on a piece of hunting ground – the kind of spots that are tailormade for fast-growing, cool-season annuals – the establishment of a hunting plot is a great idea.
Keep in mind that both feeding and hunting plots can work together in concert, complementing each other instead of directly competing against one another for the attention of local deer. One way that can happen is when a land manager plants a hunting plot between a destination food plot and an area where deer bed down.
Since each type of food plot mentioned in this story requires a different game plan – as well as various equipment needs for both the establishment and maintenance of such key locations – this is where the Firminator G-3 becomes a must-have tool that can help save considerable time, effort and money.
With the G-3’s heavy-duty disc harrow, precision seed planting system, and a true agricultural grade cultipacker, the chores of preparing ground, effectively planting a variety of seeds, and creating an environment that will maximize food production for a local whitetail herd are goals that are readily accomplished. And instead of busy work, it’s effective on-the-ground effort that sets the stage for a memorable fall of hunting.
An autumn season where a hard-working hunter quietly moves into position on a fateful day, settling a sight pin or the crosshairs onto the vitals of a buck carrying a breathtaking set of antlers, a sight that leads to the quiet utterance of a one-word declaration of deer hunting triumph mere milliseconds before the arrow or bullet is turned loose.
“Checkmate!” the hunter will say, a whispered statement that brings a freezer full of venison, some quality antlers destined for the wall, and a lifetime of great deer hunting memories.
All thanks to the Firminator G-3, a great piece of farming equipment that no deer hunter and/or land manager should be without.