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when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby dreaming bucks » Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:45 am

Anybody know when you can start checking the milkweed plants for picking the little floating seeds ? Dan uses them on his video's, but it got me thinking I want to collect some of them for this year hunting, but I have no idea when they turn over to those floating seeds ? I'm guessing after it freezes maybe, but I have no idea... anybody ?


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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby lungbuster » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:55 am

I normally don't see them drying down til just before season opens (around the middle of Sept. or later).
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby magicman54494 » Sat Aug 28, 2010 6:20 am

I was looking at some the other day and they have a ways to go yet.
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby dreaming bucks » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:32 am

ok, thanks for the heads up guys... I just don't want to miss it when they are ready is all... The milkweed seeds seem like such a better way to go, rather than those puff bottles...
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby Spysar » Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:05 am

I looked at some last week. The pods were big and full size. The white fluffy stuff was developed, but damp. And the seeds weren't brown yet. I'm going to check them again this weekend. I'm sure if you picked them anytime now, and dehydrated them you will be fine. I'll update tomorrow when I check.
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby Spysar » Sat Aug 28, 2010 8:07 am

lungbuster wrote:I normally don't see them drying down til just before season opens (around the middle of Sept. or later).


I like to get them just before they crack open naturally. I get them a little green, and dry them in a paperbag, in the sun. Don't put them in plastic until they are totally dry.
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby PASwamper » Sat Aug 28, 2010 9:19 am

Just out of curiosity, anybody pull the seeds off cattails and use them when you don't have milkweeds?
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby dan » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:09 am

PASwamper wrote:Just out of curiosity, anybody pull the seeds off cattails and use them when you don't have milkweeds?

Yes... They don't work as well. They seem to need more air current to hold it air born
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby dan » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:50 am

Anybody know when you can start checking the milkweed plants for picking the little floating seeds ? Dan uses them on his video's, but it got me thinking I want to collect some of them for this year hunting, but I have no idea when they turn over to those floating seeds ? I'm guessing after it freezes maybe, but I have no idea... anybody ?

It looks ready to me... Its not fully developed, but I don't think that matters.

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Go ahead and pick some green.
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Take a knife and cut a slit thru the skin...
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If you pry it apart you should be able to see the seeds.
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I put mine on my dash board till the seeds start separating, and then put in a baggy, but like someone said, don't seal the bag till completely dry.
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Should take about a week... I will post a pick once ready.
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby huntinnurse » Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:24 am

I have some from my trip last fall. Some of you may remember i sent some to whoever wanted some. Just pm me your address if you want some, can't find them in your area, and I'll send ya some.
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby ramblinman » Sat Aug 28, 2010 11:56 am

thanks for the info everybody, i was thinking about that about a week ago. Will be my first year trying them. i better go look for some soon
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby dirt nap giver » Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:58 pm

I like to get them early anyway so when I open them up it's easier to remove the seeds.
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby dreaming bucks » Mon Aug 30, 2010 5:52 am

Ok guys.... I found some milkweed pods today, infact I picked 22 of them... Now, my question is, is that enough, not enough ? Do you only get like one seed out of each pod, or is there a bunch in each one or what ? I know where they are now, so I can go back for more if I need to...
I was just driving home from checking my cameras and I thought I saw some of those plants in the ditch line, so I stopped and sure enough, they were loaded with those pods, so I started picking... Can't wait to try them out, it's only 3 weeks away ! :shock:
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby dan » Mon Aug 30, 2010 6:48 am

22 Pods will last you about 6 years :lol:
Really, I think I go through about a pod a month. There are thousands of seeds in each.
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Re: when are the Milkweeds ready ?

Unread postby magicman54494 » Mon Aug 30, 2010 7:01 am

They are kind of addicting. I pull out a few and watch them go then I want to keep doing it! :lol:
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