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SC Hunter 07-04-2012 11:18 AM

Food Plot question
I want to make a small staging food plot about 25 yards inside the woods (mainly pine) from a power line which appears to be a late evening/early AM/nocturnal feeding site. Lots of trails heading that way. Since bucks, in my experience, seldom come out into the open before dark, I'm trying to set something up en route that they may frequent earlier.

The area is about 25 yards long and 10 yards wide. In pine woods but in a somewhat open area with adequate sunlight. Can't give much information about soil type/quality. Upper state SC.

What would you plant? When? Technical tips if you can't get a tractor/tiller into the area - I'm guessing a hoe/rake will be the answer to that one....

Very little experience with food plots in general so any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Hunting Man 07-04-2012 02:24 PM

proper soil ph and a fair amount of sun light are needed or it's a waste of money. Simple things like rye grass grow in poor conditions and may work for you.

steelslinger 07-06-2012 11:43 AM

sounds like your best bet is to take a garden rake to scratch the ground, throw down a few pounds of 10 10 10, come back a week later scratch the ground again and seed the mess out of it with rye. Rye is poor nutritional value but deer eat the stew out of it. Annual rye is affordable so over seeding (even by 5x recommended) is not costly. Also, it will grow where many other forage plots won't. Avoid perennial rye I think it is 40-45 a bag around here.

SC Hunter 07-09-2012 06:23 PM

Thanks HM and Steelslinger. Will press ahead with the 10-10-10/rye combo. Might also place a mineral block in the vicinity.

Will let you know how it grows and if it "works"

bigbear 07-14-2012 07:41 AM

Try Whitetail Institute No Plow, follow instructions on bag. I have had good luck with it in Pa. Plot seems very small though, no matter what you plant, deer will probably keep it mowed to ground. GOOD LUCK.

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