Make Your Own "Super-Mix" for Deer Plots

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I see all of these food plot mixes advertised - and I am sure that some of them are super - but why not experiment and come up with something that works great for your plots and your hunting land?

Here is what I did on a new place for this year - this 3. 3 acre plot started as a 10 year old abandoned field that I cleaned up - it had volunteer pines, blackberry bushes, some elm saplings, etc in it...

It was then planted in buckwheat - heavily - in early spring. I lightly fertilized it when the BW was planted with 19-9-19.... I think I put 400 lbs or so on it...

I let the buckwheat go to flower and then harrowed the buckwheat in during mid June (I have a companion post to this on buckwheat, if you care to read it).

I feel the buckwheat - as green manure - is key.

In late June, the week before 4th of July - I planted 500 lbs of seed on 3.3 acres...

40 % soybeans
30 % iron clay peas
20 % peredovik sunflowers
10 % lablab beans

This was a mix that I conconcted and made up myself - thus the theme of this post!

I did not fertilize when I planted the beans.

I did not take a soil sample when I planted either time - but took two samples 2 weeks ago - the ph in two spots in the plot is 5.5 and 6.2 - which is not that great.

It started growing - and with good rain - it has not quit yet - and we are almost to October! 

The beans literally went out of control - they were 46 - 48" tall - and then we got some heavy rains which matted them down and made a dense tangle of beans.

The sunflowers bloomed beautifully (til the deer noticed them) - I wish I had added a little more of these...

Most of the plot is about 40" tall now.

We started hunting in mid August (I an in Game Zone 6 in SC - the glorious LowCountry - come visit!) and I sat this plot several times already - when the deer walk into the plot - they flat disappear! If they do not pick their heads up - you can not see them.

I have been delighted with this mix - and it came together after several years of trying this and that... it will not work in all areas - but if you experiment some.... you might just come up with the "perfect recipe" for your area and you will be feeding your herd as you do it!


hunter25's picture

Good information on food

Good information on food plots and maybe someday I will have a piece of land I can put this informaton to use. I have 35 acres but it's covered with Colorafo pinon and no water for miles around.

I would like to have a getaway property with some fod plots in another state someday so this informatin will be filed for future use.


numbnutz's picture

good looking plot, thanks for

good looking plot, thanks for sharing. Hopefully someday i will own some land that i can manage for some killer huntinf. thanks again

Critter done's picture

Great Tip

That's one good looking food plot.

ManOfTheFall's picture

Thanks for the information. I

Thanks for the information. I will have to write this down and give it a try when I'm able to do a food plot. Thanks for the tip.