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Food Plots on small area?

I just bought a house with about 3 acres. 2 of that is the house and yard but roughly about an acre is wooded. There are deer quite often running around in the yard of my neighbors and in the woods that I own. I did harvest a decent sized doe about a week ago off my property. It was my first bow harvest. Go Me. What I am wanting to get some advice on is this. I have about 60+ acres that my property connects to, which is full of hunters. I know there are quite a few deer in this area because I can see them grazing around in the neighbors yards and such, but what I am wanting to do is plant a food plot in my wooded section in hopes to keep them close to my property so that I have a chance to get a nice harvest next year. What would be some advice that any of you could give me for this? Other than trying to buy the property that connects to me. Which I am trying to figure out how to do now.

Thanks in advance
Raymond
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Food Plots on small area?

This isnt really my expertese but I hunted a small area like this on occasion in FL bordering a hunting club.

It will probably be better for you to put a feeder in for a number of reasons. First off is location, a wooded area isnt the best place for a food plot. Second a feeder can keep animals in year round as long as its full. plants only produce certain times of the year and take some work to keep going. Another plus of the feeder is you can control the feeding times.

just my 2cents worth....

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Food Plots on small area?

i think you should plant clover. i have a food plot thats only about 100 yards. almost every timr i hunt over it i atleast see something. but im in norther IN so i dont know how your deer move

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Before you take the plunge and go for a food plot, think about the other things deer need to survive. Deer need 3 things, just like us, Food, Water, Shelter. I would figure out where their food sources are before doing a food plot. If your neighbors already have large, lush plots, a little one on your property may not be able to hold the deer. However, where do they bed and water? Maybe creating a sheltered bedding area would be better? clearing some older trees and planting some cover vegetation, like think pines or something, will get the deer to bed on your property. From there, you can funnel the deer to that area by creating paths for them, then hunt those trails. If you know that the deer pass through your property, create a more sheltered corridor and set up on that.
The answer to harvesting a deer isn't always a food plot, contrary to TV. Cater to their other needs. if you are the only neighbor fulfilling their water needs, you'll get deer. 1 acre is not enough to hold deer, but that doesn't mean you can't slow them down on their way through either. think outside the box... good luck.

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Food Plots on small area?

Thanks for the advice all. I know Im not going to keep them in such a small area, but to get them coming through more regular would be a plus. When I first moved here around July I started clearing out some atv paths through the woods to the large lake that is close, so the kids and I could go for walks. I also started putting out corn feed pretty often and set up a couple of deer cameras to see what was going on around them. Much to my surpirse there were quite a few deer back on a daily basis to those areas. The neighbors have not planted anything other than the normal lawn grass so that isn't a problem. About late August I started a small turnip patch near the woodline, which is starting to grow nicely now. I am hoping that little bit will at least help keep them coming back if they make it through hunting season. As for the shelter/bedding tips. That sounds like much better of an idea and quite a bit less expensive at first. That is something the kids and I can work on in the spring and I am sure they will enjoy it as much as I will having them out with me. Any other tips are more than welcome.

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