I am thinking about starting a couple of food plots on my families land. I wanted to know if anybody has had any luck with a certain blend or a certain type of forage that the deer enjoy as well as provides good nutrients.
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Sun, 2007-02-25 15:27
Mon, 2007-02-26 09:15#1
2 words imperial clover
Mon, 2007-02-26 12:37#2
i've heard good things about the imperial clover. this year i'm going to be putting a foodplot in myself, so i'm doing my investigations as well.
Tue, 2007-02-27 04:01#3
well make sure you do a soil test. if you have to add lime you'll have to use the pellitized. its alot more expensive, but the cheap lime takes 6 month to work. I've been doing food plots for 6 years now. send me a private message if you want and i'll tell you everything to do and not to do.
Tue, 2007-02-27 06:22#4
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Wed, 2007-02-28 04:37#5
Ok. But not too brag but I have the biggest deer in my county, if not the state. Food plots are all about preparation and location. Don’t plant a food plot that you want to hunt if you cant get to it without scaring every deer that might use it out of there. If the soils not right it won’t grow. For starters make sure the PH level is correct with what you are planting. If you have to add lime use palletized for the first liming, if you will be planting less than 6 months after you plan on liming. For a new food plot I use a big dose of round up. Then a week later I spread lime and fertilizer then use a power tiller and till it under. Now you can spread the seed. Make sure you don’t plant it deeper than the directions say. Most no deeper than a quarter inch, I don’t even run a cult packer over any seed that can’t be planted deeper than quarter inch. Just spread a few more seeds for any of the birds that eat them. Try and plant right before rain or a day or two before. If what you are planting allows you to plant it in spring, then fertilize it again in the fall. Research the plant you will be planting to see when it offers maximum nutrition. Example clover, when mine gets to 12’’ tall I mow it down to 8’’. That keeps it at maximum nutrition, and nice and tender shoots that the deer love. I only use Imperial whitetail institutes seed. The actually are the only ones to engineer there plants for deer and wildlife. I mainly use clover, but do have a wintergreens field for the cold months. Here is 2 pictures of same deer one in 05’ other in 06’. Notice the amount of body mass and antler growth in just one year. Its what good food management, and hunting management can do. I have some bigger trail camera photos but this is of the same deer from the same year. If anyone has more specific questions feel free to contact me and I will try and answer them.
Wed, 2007-02-28 06:32#6
I work for a company that now sells Imperial clover, Extreme, Alfa Rack, and No plow. All are products of Whitetail Institute
We work very close with a company in Hudson IL (Heritage/Diener Seeds)
If anyone is interested in buying some Whitetail Institute products just let me know.
Sun, 2007-03-04 12:33#7
I actually live in Hudson IL. Does Diener Seeds sell Whitetail Institute or other food plot mixes at their facility or do I have to order from somewhere else? I have done soil tests and dont need any lime. Would the next step be that when the soil gets warm enough to till in the fertilizer and round up? Also what would be a good approximate size for a food plot. I hunt about sixty acres and was thinking about planting two or three 1/4 to 1/2 acre food plots is that too much?
Mon, 2007-03-05 07:43#8
It depends on the layout of your land. But I wouldn’t plant any plot smaller than ½ acre. If the plot gets overgrazed it won’t be able to re grow anything. I would spray herbicide then a week or two latter fertilize and plant. Don’t forget to re fertilize in the fall, help it stay green in the winter. Follow planting tomes on the bag.
Mon, 2007-03-05 14:38#9
it really depends on what you hunt with gun or bow ? for which type of food plot to put in to hopefully harvest a deer close to it.
I have 3 small plots about the size of a 1 stall garage, & they get hit. but if your deer population is overly populated then bigger might be needed.
for me during bow hunting chicory is the ticket, its hit at least every other day if not everyday its part of their travel route to the bigger field crops.
another seed supplier for food plots to consider is
very hardy & can withstand hard frosts, it takes several hard frosts to put these plants down & then these leaves are still green & juicy when the plant went dormant
Wed, 2007-03-07 19:31#10
I definitely agree with the soil test. It will tell you whether you should spread lime or manure or another type of fertilizer if you prefer.
I tried most of them that you can think of. I always have some clover and alfalfa.
I also do some corn interspersed for some cover/food.
Over the last couple of years I've experimented with a combination mixture of brassica and turnips. This really turns on in December. The deer just go crazy. They'll even paw them out of the ground. It's an annual, but worth the extra effort.