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Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about them

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:17 pm    Post subject: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about them Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I live in an area with low deer numbers to start with. Some people do food plots but not to many. Guess what I am wondering is what to plant and how. I have two places I want to do next year, they have little use other than part of timberland I own. I dabbled with a few things years back but very small scale. I am pretty used to planting hay, including liming and fertilizing. Corn, grain and such is not to big close to me. So fire away
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Too much to write but feel free to call me Terry 715 559 4337 and I can give you a tutorial on FP's
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

About like Terry been doing it for forty + years and know what works where,and when to plant, Send me a e mail with you phone number and I will call you.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Try your state conservation site. I know MO has links to food plots.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:02 pm    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Soybeans, I lost several hundred bushels to deer
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:16 pm    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've done food plots on and off for decades now. Before for $$ got so tight here in Missouri the conservation dept would give out seed for food plots. Common seed was Milo and sunflower and Lepadize clover. I've also done winter wheat in the fall and sweet corn in the spring
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 5:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

For me, cereal rye and turnips is the magic. The rye will provide browse throughout the winter, the turnips if planted in late September, eary October will provide food for them through the Christmas timeline. They eat the tops early, the turnips mature later, and provide for them after the frosts. The rye also will keep weeds from coming up the next spring. Rye also provides good early season food in the pre-spring period. HTH.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

What state?
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 6:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've been planting food plots for about 10 years now. There are no farms or crops raised within at least 5 miles of where I hunt except there is one small hayfield about a mile from me.
I have written about this before that here in MN only about 37% of deer tags are filled each year. Since I started plotting we are averaging closer to double that average.
I keep two plots going that total about 1 1/2 acres. That is not enough forage to feed many deer. But it is enough to draw in quite a few deer for some tasty morsels as they go about their daily browse.
For us plots work!
Another thing I enjoy about plotting is it is something to do in May or early June that is hunting related when the opener is still months away.
Oh, and it's fun to plow and disc a bit with an old tractor.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 7:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

We bought some seed years ago,I think it was from Prairie Restorations, they have multiple locations around MN. Also bought some from Northern Farmers elevator in Williams MN, and the Coop in Blackduck MN. They all sell mixes for the deer in that area. Some are perennial, come back year after year. The neighbors at the cabin have fields of oats, rye, and soybeans, so the deer have lots to eat.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2019 11:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Plant beans or peas and they will come,,,,,,,,and keep coming til they eat them to the ground.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 2:36 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I've found a mix of Crimson Clover,turnips,oats works good and is a good draw.The trick is to time what you plant to be available when hunting season is in.A good place for excellent advice is is the Whitetail Institute website their products are pretty expensive but the advice is free.Also Hancock seeds carries good products.I try to target large bucks with my plots which in an area with deer everywhere is sort of hard to do,but small plots in secluded places works for me.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:11 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Plant anything you intend to eat or make a profit on, they will come.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 3:17 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I am guessing 5 to 10% get deer around me. Yes plenty of old tractors and equipment to do it with.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2019 4:17 am    Post subject: Re: Any of you do deer food plots? Can you tell me about the Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have tried the expensive custom mixes but always go back to just plain wheat and clover.
 
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