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Old 01-20-2008, 09:24 AM
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I just leased 168 acres back in Novemeber. There are countless places for food plots. The property is in SE Ohio. Was heavily timbered 10 years ago and about half of it is cow pasture. The timbered areas seem to be a perferred bedding area. There isn't any food sources that hold the deer on the property most of them are at the neighboring been field. I have herd clover is not a good plot for holding the deer in the fall. Any advice will be helpful.
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Old 01-22-2008, 12:19 AM
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hello, I only have about 5 years experience in food plots so I'm just learning. I do plant one plot in an old cow pasture with a mix of clover/chicory, and another plot in a tri-blend of clover/chicory/brassicas. I get most of my seeds from local feed store as I can't see any difference in production of the expensive seeds designed for deer. The deer do mow it down faster than it can grow but I figure their getting something with 25-35 % protien. One thing I can tell you is kill the plot in early spring with round-up then 3 weeks later plow/disk/fertilize/plant. Weeds will invade and take over the plot if you don't kill it first. Clover works well in moist soils, where chicory grows with less moisture Brassicas(which are large turnup type plants) seem to need more moisture than chicory. Deer love chicory! This is fun for me and gets back to hunting camp more often. I spent about $300.00 to plant two plots that total 1 3/4 acres . Hope you find some help from this.
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Old 01-22-2008, 06:02 PM
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I think food plots are overrated.
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Old 01-22-2008, 08:01 PM
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Everyone gets an opinion; I know they work from experience. When you have a poor nutrition enviroment and you plant better nutritional food sources they will come and be better for it. Sorry to have a different opinion but when my fields are mowed down by the deer, turkeys and bear I know they work. I intend to enlarge the two food plots this year. We're trying to lease another 126 acres that has about 50 acres of hillside plantable ground. I plan to plant in rows leaving high scrub in between the planted rows.
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Old 01-22-2008, 10:12 PM
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ive only planted small plots so i cant offer too much .however i would suggest that since the other property is allready planted maybe you should manage your property as a bedding .staging area.then you can set up stands to intercept them en route to the food
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Old 01-24-2008, 08:14 PM
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Thanks for sending your thoughts. It certainly helps. I thought abought keeping it a bedding area but last year the deer seemed to bed right next to where they were eating which was not on my lease. I think it will be worth the effort to put in the plots to hold the deer on my lease.
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Old 06-05-2008, 12:09 AM
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These new Moultrie sprayers are pretty sweet for maintaining your plots. I hear they have just started using the sureflo pumps on them too . Definately a time saver!

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Old 07-05-2008, 12:09 AM
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I just saw you posted this thread a long time ago. Did you manage to get something planted yet? Let me know, maybe I can help. I have some good fall planting combo's I have used. You are in Zone 5 right? Love Plots: and yes I agree, anything overdone is poor and doesn't give you any advantage if everyone is doing it, that is unless of coarse they are doing it badly:)
But they do have their place if done well.
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Old 07-11-2008, 09:28 PM
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Based on my recent surgery I could not plant this year. Currently the plots are being killed and buckwheat is going to be planted for this fall. I could use any help on good plant mixes for North Central PA. I've tried just about everything. brassica's do well but only last 1 year. Need something to last several years???
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Old 07-12-2008, 12:34 PM
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I just order a sample pack from Whitetailinstitute.com. That might be a place to start.
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