Food Plot Species Profile: Berseem Clover

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One of the primary reasons berseem clover hasn’t gained much traction since its introduction to the U.S. in 1896 is that it lacks winter hardiness. Likewise, its use as a deer forage has been limited. However, several improved varieties of berseem clover have been developed over the years in an effort to resurrect its use …

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GPS Reveals Early Season Buck Movement Patterns

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You hear it all the time: A hunter gets a bunch of trail-camera photos of a buck early in the season and then, poof, the deer pulls a Houdini and disappears for the rest of the season. How nice would it be to track his movements and know exactly where he went? Well, that’s what …

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Food Plot Species Profile: Red Clover

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If you don’t have red clover growing in some of your food plots, let me explain why you should. Dr. Craig Harper and I examined red clover in research plots in Tennessee for several years. We analyzed overall production, preference, nutritional quality, resistance to grazing, drought tolerance, herbicide management, and other characteristics compared to virtually all …

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Food Plot Species Profile: Iron Clay Cowpeas

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Iron-clay cowpeas are one of my all-time favorite summer forages for deer. I have probably planted more acres in cowpeas during summer than any other species. Cowpeas are relatively inexpensive, easy to establish and manage, grow well under just about any condition, produce a tremendous amount of protein-packed and digestible forage, and deer are extremely …

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Food Plot Species Profile: Soybeans

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Soybeans (Glycine max) are a warm-season annual legume and perhaps the most preferred summer forage for white-tailed deer. They are extremely nutritious, containing upwards of 25 to 30 percent crude protein in fields with good soil fertility, well above the amounts required by deer for optimal body and antler development. Soybeans are adapted to a …

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