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Mule Deer And food plots?

I understand Mule Deer are a migratory game anamial compared to a white-tail...but would they be apt to use food plots on a daily basis like whiteys? I know that they use aracultrual property and farm ground here in Washington like a food plot but what if another food supplament was planted life Clover or some other sort of supplamentry food plot for them? Would they use it?

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Mule Deer And food plots?

RR, I have no experience with food plots but having hunted mulies most of my life I'd say .....If the mule deer were in the area and they liked the food, Yes.
The problem is Mulies tend to move around a lot and it might be a while before they're back in the area where the food plot was planted, especially in the fall. Whitetails have a much smaller home range then Mule deer and food plots seem to work great for them. If you decide to try it, let us know how it turns out for you.

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yea I plan to have some kinda luck...one thing is though in this area we have about a 50/50 ratios of mulies and whit-tails so...it will be a hard call...

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I think you would probably be quite happy with a food plot. I hear there are a few people using them around here for mulies with good results. Our "ag" mulies don't tend to be very migratory, so it only makes sense they would be attracted and probably use it often. I understand the blended plots produce a variety of plants that mature at different times keeping the critters interested longer. Good luck if you try it!
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Yea exactly "Ag" Mulies.....I talked to a few guys about it around here that have tried it and they said it dosent really work cause the mulies tend to keep going to winter wheat and not even bother with food plots of any kind...but what they did say was they are more intrested in salt licks and other mineral blocks...

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Check your reg's. I know salt licks a illegal here in Idaho and I believe food plots planted for the intention of attracting deer are too. I'm not sure about your state, but a lot of things a illegal in Idaho where they aren't somewhere else. I know the mulies around here will stick around corn in the summer and can be hunted there, but once the rut begins they move way too much to hunt from a blind. I guess it depends on food sources in the area.
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Better check with your local game department. Many of the states out West that have mule deer have very specific regulations against hunting over a food plot. Several of the game departments say that a hunter hunting over a food source needs to prove that the food source was planted for agricultural purposes and not as an attractant for game animals. Some of them even consider hunting a harvested corn field as against the law. Better safe than sorry, so check it out first.

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I just saw the comment about how muleys are attracted to salt licks more than food plots. I don't positively know about all of the other states, but I can absolutely assure you that here in Colorado, you can and will be fined heavily for putting out a salt lick and then hunting over it. In fact, if you happen onto a buck at a rancher's salt lick and shoot him there, you better be prepared to prove that the rancher is the one who put out the lick and not you or some other hunter. If the rancher did not put out the lick, and you're caught hunting over it, it is prima facia evidence that you are the person who put it out. Our game department has regulations about hunting over bait and they tend to interpret those regs. very strictly. You can hunt over or around a hay field, corn field, or salt lick for that matter. However, you better be prepared to PROVE that any food source or attractant in that location has an agricultural purpose and was not put there as an attractant. I know several guys who had to get a farmer to go to court and testify on their behalf. They were hunting a harvested corn field which had the normal level of left over corn on the ground after harvest. They were ticketed and had to go to court to beat the charges. They did, but it took a Philadelphia Lawyer and lots of green to get back their guns, hunting tents, sleeping bags, stoves, lanterns, etc. and keep their ability to buy hunting licenses in Colorado. It was a long hard and expensive battle that they will never forget.

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I just saw the comment about how muleys are attracted to salt licks more than food plots. I don't positively know about all of the other states, but I can absolutely assure you that here in Colorado, you can and will be fined heavily for putting out a salt lick and then hunting over it. In fact, if you happen onto a buck at a rancher's salt lick and shoot him there, you better be prepared to prove that the rancher is the one who put out the lick and not you or some other hunter. If the rancher did not put out the lick, and you're caught hunting over it, it is prima facia evidence that you are the person who put it out. Our game department has regulations about hunting over bait and they tend to interpret those regs. very strictly. You can hunt over or around a hay field, corn field, or salt lick for that matter. However, you better be prepared to PROVE that any food source or attractant in that location has an agricultural purpose and was not put there as an attractant. I know several guys who had to get a farmer to go to court and testify on their behalf. They were hunting a harvested corn field which had the normal level of left over corn on the ground after harvest. They were ticketed and had to go to court to beat the charges. They did, but it took a Philadelphia Lawyer and lots of green to get back their guns, hunting tents, sleeping bags, stoves, lanterns, etc. and keep their ability to buy hunting licenses in Colorado. It was a long hard and expensive battle that they will never forget.

 

 

*** What a crock if those guys got ticketed just for hunting a picked field!

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Washington is so screwed over with it's regs your prolly right; they would come after me as using it as bait or something. Ive been working too much anyways and havent bothered to worry about it.

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i do know that here in washington we can bait deer and elk. and yes i did say we can. we cannot bait bears cougars and waterfowl but everything else we can. i am tryng to figure out what a good food plot for mule deer... all you see is white tail fod plots i know alfalfa works some times and havent heard about sunflowers what do you guys think?/

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