QDMA’s Guide to Clover Food Plots

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When it comes to planting food plots for white-tailed deer, it’s hard to beat clover for several reasons. Clover is relatively easy to establish, readily available, affordable, and there are a variety of species to handle most any climate or soil type. To put it simply, clovers are a very versatile deer forage. Clover Species …

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Cereal Rye for Deer

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If there was ever a tough-man competition for deer forages, cereal rye would likely make the title bout. Cereal rye (rye hereafter) is a durable forage that can overcome adversity on many levels, such as extreme cold, drought, poor soil fertility, sandy soils, and heavy grazing pressure. Although rye may not always be the best …

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Forage Rape for Deer

Dwarf Essex Rape
The very first time I planted rape (Brassica napus) was in 2001 on a property that had a high deer density of 50 to 70 per square mile according to a trail-camera survey. To my surprise, deer used the plot sparingly throughout the fall and winter, as they spent most of their time foraging in …

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Grain Sorghum for Deer

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Sorghums are classified into four groups – grass sorghums, grain sorghums, broomcorn, and sorgos. The grain sorghums are typically planted for deer and other wildlife because of their ability to produce grain. It is this grain, produced in a seed head at the top of the stalk (seen in the photo above), that deer eat. …

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Diary of a Dirt-Bag: How Your Food Plot Soil Gets Tested

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If you send off samples of your food plot soil for lab testing, you already know the benefits. You’ve seen the report that tells you exactly what type of fertilizer and how much of it to apply, as well as how much lime to adjust the soil pH – information that potentially saves you a …

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