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Food plots

So im back from my short break, the three W's (wife, work and woods) had me locked down for a bit.  As it gets closer to winter I was looking into planting a small plot for next year.  I have a strip that is about 100x10 (yards) on the top side of a pond that would make a nice little plot.  I have already put out some mineral blocks to keep some much needed nutrients in the woods for the deer through the winter.  I was looking into planting something to come up in the spring and maybe even a second plot for winter.  This of course will serve two things, one to ensure the deer are well feed and have all the nutrition all year to promote healthy deer as well as best possible antler growth. Two to draw even more deer in.  The two plants I was looking into were Turnips for winter and maybe clover for spring.  Any ideas or input?

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I think it may be a little

I think it may be a little late for turnips this year. They are usually planted by the end of August. We planted some after that and they didn't do much this year. Maybe plant  some wheat for now. You can usually just throw it on top of the grow, it will germinate regardless.

You said something about putting out mineral blocks. In the spring after they are gone, I would put out the Lucky Buck. Choose a site that is secluded from traffic in an opening in the woods. Try to stay away from too sandy of a soil. Scrap back the leaves and vegetation and pour out the Lucky Buck in a small, 4 ft diameter circle. Make sure you have a tree close by to install a trail camera on. You'll be surprised what you'll see. Does and bucks alike will visit. They'll hit it hard until they get their bodies saturated with minerals. You'll use a bucket a month at first, if not more. After they get the minerals in their system, they will slow their consumption.

By doing this, you'll be able to see the majority of bucks in your area. You'd be surprised at the number of bucks you don't see during daylight hours that call your farm home. It's a good way to keep an inventory of local bucks, plus it will let you know which bucks to let go and which bucks to harvest. Give it a try if you can, you won't be disappointed.

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Thanks for adding this

Thanks for adding this forum.  I am considering planting a few plots on some land I recently acquired to hunt on.  I was going to post a forum on this subject myself.  I have read so many different versions of what is best for game plots.  In a perfect world what is a good combo for a food plot for year round and perminant game attraction.  I just want to bring them in year after year.  Is that asking too much?  What is reccommended for that scenario?   

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A lot of factors go in to the

A lot of factors go in to the determination of which food plot variety to plant. There are so many different plants that are successful in different areas of the country. We have planted clover, peas, beans, turnips, corn, winter wheat, oats-to name a few.

You can never go wrong with any type of clover. There are too many types to name them all, but we have planted ladino, red, crimson-to name a few. Plant one year and have clover for up to 5 consecutive growing seasons with proper mowing and fertilizing. Glover is a good attractant, but you may think it isn't doing it's job until you isolate a small sample with chicken wire. The clover will sprout up a foot or more above the surrounding clover.

If you decide to plant soybeans, try to find the forage variety of beans to plant. They will withstand heavy browsing by deer and continue to grow. The regular soybeans that farmers plant will be eatent to the grow and cease to grow.

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Everything that i have been

Everything that i have been reading shows that many of the early spring summer and fall plots die out and the first hard frost.  Well that is tricky because in NC its typically early december before we have hard frost.  With that being said I think I am going to plant two plots, a winter and all other season.  I was thinking of planting turnips for the winter and a clover/alfalfa mix for other seasons.  I have found several bags of each and they seem easy enough.  Just need to get a test kit to test the soils PH levels.

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