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Old 09-29-2009, 01:08 PM
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My neighbor has just under 100 acres about 10 miles away. The property sits at the end of a ridge with a very steep cliff to one side. He wants to plant a crop in the fields that will attract deer. He figures he can feed the deer and they can keep the fields from growing out of control by eating what he plants. He doesn't hunt but asked me if I could help him find a product. I told him if he gave me permission to hunt I'd find a product that had a good mix so he'd have different crops for the different seasons. Help me out fellow hunters. What are the best suggestions for planting this ridgetop? It used to be a good farm during the depression, but hasn't been worked since. The soil has a lot of WV loam.

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Old 09-30-2009, 04:07 PM
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well do you have acces to farm equipment,atvs or just could plant corn or bean etc and keep some for yourself and leave some for the deer.or clover rye grass etc will attract deer.when do you plan on hunting ?will it be cold then you want stuff thats gonna stick around.iwould suggest the first thing you do is get a soil test may need to add fertilizer or lime.just off the top of my head
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:24 PM
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Thanks Joel. My neighbor has a small tractor he'll be doing hte work with. I think he wants to stay away from corn as he doesn't want the field growing too high. Been, clover, and wheat sound like good choises. I might suggest some winter wheat to him to keep the deer coming in when it gets cold. He's likely leave the beans just hang. If they don't eat it all by fall it should still pull them in.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:45 PM
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strip plot. strips of a high protein food source for the spring and summer, like alfa-rack (alfalpha) and a high carb (sugar) for the fall and winter, a turnip type plant. the high protein helps with not only antler growth but helps the does with lactation for healthier fawns. just have to watch not to end up with more deer than the property can support in the worst of times.
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:53 PM
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Oats would grow good there in the winter..
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