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I hunt the typical PA farm land that has wooded areas with acorns surrounded by fields with corn, soybean and alfalfa/clover. Is there anything I can plant in a food plot that will be more appealing to the deer than what is already available to them, especially to draw in the doe as the rut approaches
Don't farm em. Hunt em.
Clover is always a great choice. It is great for the does and fawns thru the spring/summer will last if properly maintained. And maintenance is pretty easy. Mow to keep weeds out and dont mow at the wrong time and you will have good results. We frost seeded our logging roads in Feb/March after the logging the previous year had the roads bare dirt. WOW, was the result amazing.
There are a ton of other choices that could give you fall draw as well. There are a lot of variables that you need to consider when making your choice, such as the equipment you have available and how often you want to "work" the plot. Go to the plot forum st bowsite and look up anything by Nutritionist. Or go straight to grandparayoutdoors.com. Fantastic guy that KNOWS what he is talking about as he has made a living as a ruminant nutritionist and started consulting and selling plot seed mixes and product in the hunting market. Dude is a great guy that puts incredible amount of time and effort into helping not just paying customers, but nonpaying customers as well.
Good luck in your plot endeavors. Some may not be for it and thats fine. It is a greatly rewarding thing to put time into. Get a couple trail cameras amd it can be a really fun thing to do even if you never fill a tag over any of it.
I stink at hunting em, so I'm gonna grow some!! Lol...Jeff, you crack me up!! Hopefully these turnips. Started a sample size plot of turnips this year....hoping the deer show some interest in the late season. I'll let you know how it works out...
Are you the landowner? If so, then think long term habitat improvement for hunting. But to answer your question, Yes...Apple Trees, Pear Trees, Persimmon trees for soft mast that are deer candy and can begin producing in 5-10 years. If you are the owner thinking generations after you or decades from now, go with a mix of hard mast trees, Dunstan Chestnuts, Various other types of yummy oaks. Think about hinge cutting trees to create thick bedding sanctuaries that will hold deer year round. If you are not the landowner and you are looking to go cheap and quick I would say go with 1/2 acre kill plots of winter rye and clover that you plant around labor day weekend and is young and green through out the bow season.
Well said, Dan. Great advice.
Don't waste your time Jeff:^P
Pat created a forum for this here on the bowsite - http://www.deerbuilder.com/
Buy a 50# bag of apples, 50# bag of corn, and 5 gallon of molasses. Spread all that in a 360 degree circle around your tree stand about 5 feet from the base of the tree. You will be good to go then:)
RC. I see you are giving away all your secrets.
RC, that's a great idea! Lot less work than all that plowing, discing, and seeding that's for sure. Probably more effective as well. LOL
Thats a ridiculous statement, RC.
5 feet is too steep of a shot....;^)
Shot? What shot? I drop mechanical pumpkins on them out of the tree.... They open up everytime. :)
My family owns a pretty large dairy farm....SC Pa (ridge and valley land). I'm a BIG fan of Forage oats mixed with radishes/turnips. The deer absolutely hammer them....great all phases of the season. This plot is my biggest...1-2acre on big power line area. Check out meat pole thread for Monday nights result of a little hard work in July.......lol Good luck- PaLongshank
I agree with Palongshank on the oats. If you plant them about the 20th of September deer will walk right thought clover to get to them. I can get 2 inch tall oats 3 to 4 days after planting them with the right moisture.. When they get to mature the deer will stop hitting them. That's why I plant them later. This it basiclly done for a hunting plot only. I plant pretty much cheap feed grade oats. You can get oats that are a little cold hardier, cost a lot more, and are only like 3 degrees hardier. I've found that feed grade and the cold hardier oats are done growing once I get a frost. I saw no difference.