Best time to plant sunflowers ?

Discussion in 'Game Birds' started by dw84, Apr 23, 2017.

  1. dw84

    dw84 Junior Member

    Oct 18, 2013
    Lincoln co.
    Never got into dove hunting and was wanting to know when is the latest to have sunflowers planted to be ready for a good dove season ?
  2. CuivreDog2

    CuivreDog2 Habitat Junkie

    Mar 27, 2010
    Lincoln County, MO
    It takes 90-110 days for black oil sunflowers to mature so if you plan to dove hunt over them plant them no later than May 1st-15th depending on the variety you choose

  3. GTOHunter

    GTOHunter Active Member

    We planted our Sunflowers along with Corn & Milo little over a week ago sure to plant plenty because the Deer like to eat them when they first make a head on them.
  4. dw84

    dw84 Junior Member

    Oct 18, 2013
    Lincoln co.
    Our sunflowers were going to be planted on a new piece of ground we just bought but do to the closing date and the rain we have been unable to get them in the ground. So is it worth putting them in yet or just leave it go till next year or do we have another option for something to pull in the doves ?
  5. gurgalunas

    gurgalunas Well-Known Member

    Jan 3, 2013
    Platte City
    Various millets work well for doves. Depending on variety, time to maturity varies. I've done browntop before.
  6. henry

    henry Fan Boy aka Mr Twisty and

    Plant some wheat with a few strips of sunflowers . In Sept brush hog the wheat and hide in the sunflowers and shoot doves. :eek::
  7. dw84

    dw84 Junior Member

    Oct 18, 2013
    Lincoln co.
    Yep but with the closing date and the rain the guy that farms it for us hasn't been able to get to our sunflowers let alone his beans. So maybe we will try some millet and some deer food plots. Otherwise we probably won't hunt this farm much this year anyways.
  8. sandals

    sandals Quack

    Nov 13, 2014
    I'd still plant them. They may not be ready to hunt opening day, but they will have seed a few weeks into the season.

    Plant them with some buckwheat or milo along the outside, it will mature faster.
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