Brassicas and cereal grains can remain attractive to whitetails long into the winter and in some cases even provide food the following spring. Typical cereals planted for deer would include oats, wheat, triticale and rye.
Because each plant is different this gives the land manager/hunter the chance to mix and match different seed combinations so that the various species of plants can grow together providing a more durable and longer lasting food plot than could be achieved with any single species alone.
Eventually, are deer food plots worth it? Sometimes called “kill plots,” these fields are definitely proven to work for any whitetail hunter that has access to a large chunk of whitetail habitat, and an undying desire to take a mature bucks. A well-thought-out food plot plan will help you attract mature bucks, drawing them from surrounding properties.
Still further, how do you keep deer around all year?
What do deer love to eat the most?
Deer adore fruits and nuts. They love pecans, hickory nuts and beechnuts acorns in addition to acorns. A couple of favorite fruits are apples, blueberries, blackberries and persimmons.
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Brassica Blend is a mixture of fast growing brassicas that produces a lush forage to attract and hold deer to your plots from mid- to late-fall. The addition of Purple Top turnip provides an attractive food source that will sustain the draw of your plot through late fall and winter after the tops are gone.
Get a Jump on Weeds “Spray the area with a non-selective herbicide like Roundup at least two weeks before you plant,” he says. ... More importantly, multiple disking and spraying cycles will knock back a huge amount of weed growth before you plant by killing each new round of growth.
As long as the seed is covered and temperatures continue to moderate you will get good germination at the next rainfall. My foodplots all went in 9/4/10. It was 3 weeks in the baking sun before we got the last rain. Everything came up fine.