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Location: Western NY
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I've looking at starting a food plot for deer and turkey. I've looked around at different systems and seed blends.

I live in Western NY, and saw a product called Frigid Forage. Does anyone know about this product?

I'm also intersted in finding out what other hunters are using for their food plots. I look forward to your response.

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Gabbs
First off welcome to BGH.net. It is a great site with lots of good people. I don't do any food plot work so can't really help you here, to many ag crops around where i hunt to put in the time and effort.

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The place i hunt is a fairly good size farm, but we can't seem to grow them as big as we've seen elsewhere. We've tried to manage the population by taking the weaker older ones. This is year three of managment, and we're looking for a boost.

Thanks for the welcome. I've enjoyed my time here already, and look forward to learning from guys who know much more than I.

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I think that you need to keep in mind that having a food plot does not necessarily mean that antlers will be bigger. A food plot can increase Carrying Capacity and nutrition quality, but if bad genes are present, antlers will always be small. You say you've seen biger deer. Is this body size, antler size or some other marker? What is the goal of the plot? If it is big antlers, then target seeds that will grow in your Zone, and that are geared towards antler growth. I've Tecomate being touted as great antler antler growth feed. Aside from that, plots are work. Invest wisely, choose good seed stock and be patient. One last thing, your Dept of Natural Resources/fish and Game, or what ever manages gamepopulations might have some good advice for you as well. Be sure to call them.

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I'm looking for all around mass. More meat would be great, and a monster rack would look great on the wall.

Understanding that it will take time to get the mass is not a problem. The ultimate goal is to keep the deer healthy for my family. I'm in for the work that a plot will take.

The bigger deer that we have spotted have been just a little bigger in overall size. Their rack shape is better as well. Reading your post now does concern me that there are bad genes.

Maybe by increasing the number of deer in the area with a quality plot will weed out the weak. Hunting the lower rung of the group a few years wouldn't be terrible if it meant higher quality.

Thanks for your advice. I'm going to start looking for seed.

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