6 Ways Food Plots Are Not Baiting

This fall, tens of thousands of acres of clover food plots will feed deer and numerous other wildlife species. In addition, alfalfa, chicory, oats, and a suite of other species and mixes will be actively growing and feeding wildlife. Depending on your location, much of this acreage will have already provided food for one to …

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Successful Food Plot Seeding Rates

Have you ever gone to great lengths to plant your food plots correctly, but they didn’t turn out as you had hoped? There are many potential explanations, but we want to cover one that is often overlooked. Let’s assume you used proper agronomic practices. You prepared an adequate seedbed and planted properly, and it rained …

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QDMA’s Guide to Clover Food Plots

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

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

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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