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Winter Food Plots

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We all work hard to help feed our deer and make them healthier...with food plots, mineral sites, off season feeding, etc.

Just this year - I started planting my plots a second time with oats (BFO), rape and turnips.

While this may provide some attraction during the latter part of the season, I am really hoping it will help carry the deer through the hardest part of winter.

Good idea?

Bad idea?

Thoughts?

JimBob

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Ditto. That's what we

Ditto. That's what we planted. If I remember correctly, the guys put wheat out on the ground too.

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Sounds good to me.  Lucky

Sounds good to me.  Lucky deer.

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If we don't get some rain

If we don't get some rain pretty soon it is gonna be a wasted effort.

My buddy checked the plots last week (I have not seen them since the third week in October) and he says they are up fairly well but that the ground is dust bowl dry

I think they may have gotten some rain this week and if so, that will surely help

I will not get a chance to see the plots until the first weekend in December

If they look decent I will post some photos

I hope they are feeding the deer as the acorn crop is likely gone by now.

We plant these more for deer herd health than someplace to hunt - this time of the year the deer are fairly field shy during daylight hours - they have had people sniping at them for four months now.

Long brutal season for a deer.

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I think we planted ours too

I think we planted ours too late this year.

Next year we'll try to plant them in late June so they get enough time to grow before the first frost.

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What are the best things to

What are the best things to plant when you know you'll have limited rain?  Are there drought resistent grains or plants for planting a food plot?

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Late June - what did you

Late June - what did you plant as a winter plot then?

We mainly try to plant oats, clovers, rape, turnips, winter wheat, etc... in late October and early November...

I put my last bean / pea plots in during early to mid June...

Typically, I put buckwheat in during late March or early April - whenever I feel the last danger of frost will be.

I let this grow about 60 - 65 days and harrow it in for green manure.... it is a superb cover crop and soil conditioner... I do not see the deer mess with it much, however.

I am then free to put my beans, peas and sunflowers in during June or July... and pray for rain.

My beans grew like crazy this year, as of early November, they were still putting on beans in spite of some light frosts... I did not see this - my buddy reported it to me. He said the deer were still chowing down on them also.

I hope we got some rain on the oats and rape I put in about 6 weeks ago... if we did and it grows well, that plot will hold deer right on through the end of the season and beyond.

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Those plants will definitely

Those plants will definitely help.  Winter rye is also an excellent and CHEAP option to add to any mix.  Brassicas become a tasty snack twice during the season.  Once in the early season for the green leafy foliage and then again in late season and throughout winter as the deer will turn to the bulbs of the plant.  

In our area, deer seldom have to worry about making it through winter with enough food.  With so much AG land around, even if picked, there is plenty for the deer.  More and more of us are putting in plots which also helps sustain the herd.  

My focus is now shifting to simply hold deer during hunting season.  I plan on doing so by offering plant varieties that will be most attractive from late October through November which is when I do the majority of my hunting as it coincides with the rut.  

 

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I have found my best hunts on

I have found my best hunts on winter wheat and clover fields they have been atracting the most deer and have been getting some big healthy racks plus a large body ovarall the best in my opionon

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