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Old 01-18-2014, 06:50 PM
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IMO a food plot for deer is a waste of money. I see guys clearing, planting, tending plots and bait stations.
The money wasted on that effort should have been used to plant a good garden.
Planting ground cover in the middle of the woods is not creating a natural habitat.

You need to find what the deer are eating locally then proceed from their if you're set on creating a feeding station.
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Old 01-19-2014, 07:13 PM
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IMO a food plot for deer is a waste of money. I see guys clearing, planting, tending plots and bait stations.
The money wasted on that effort should have been used to plant a good garden.
Planting ground cover in the middle of the woods is not creating a natural habitat.

You need to find what the deer are eating locally then proceed from their if you're set on creating a feeding station.
i partially agree with you. a person shouldn't put thousands of dollars into this. unless one is trophy hunting. which i have not against that.

but i see no problem with plant simple to draw deer. if you hunt what do you do to entice deer into range?
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IMO a food plot for deer is a waste of money. I see guys clearing, planting, tending plots and bait stations.
The money wasted on that effort should have been used to plant a good garden.
Planting ground cover in the middle of the woods is not creating a natural habitat.

You need to find what the deer are eating locally then proceed from their if you're set on creating a feeding station.
It isn't a waste of money at all. Once the trees are cut the ground has to be planted with something or the undergrowth will take over. I got thousands for the timber and will only pay a few hundred for the seed to cover the bare areas. Clover is indigenous to my area as are the some of the other plants I will plant.

Hunting is a hobby for many. Enjoyment has value. Planting an area to harvest deer is no different than gardening, I am looking for food. There is plenty of room elsewhere for gardens. I have plenty of neighbors with gardens.

I want deer and turkey, that is my goal. I want food plots that are lower maintenance and productive.
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I have done food plots kinda/sorta in different area when I had the old farm place.... Places in the pasture/woods parts I knew deer/turkeys/bear hung out in...

I kept it simple... That made it cheaper... One pass with my tractor and cultivator to till, seed, and another pass to cover..... I used field corn, cheap bird seed, old grass seed and stuff I could get for little of nothing... I would mow it 8" high when it needed it.... Or mow it 2" high when that worked best.... Once or twice a year as needed...

The thinking being it would help keep them away from my cash crops and let the guys who did favors for me a place to hunt...

If you want your food plots to look putting green perfect, you can do that... But it comes at a cost.. What ever your willing to pay for....

And the deer don't care.... They eat what they want, when they want.... You just have to be there at that moment....

Good luck...
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Planting ground cover in the middle of the woods is not creating a natural habitat.
It's not suppposed to be creating "natural habitat"

It's providing a supplemental food source to many species of wildlife, and a means of attracting them to specific locations

If you just wanted "natural" you'd do nothing at all
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I have done food plots kinda/sorta in different area when I had the old farm place.... Places in the pasture/woods parts I knew deer/turkeys/bear hung out in...

I kept it simple... That made it cheaper... One pass with my tractor and cultivator to till, seed, and another pass to cover..... I used field corn, cheap bird seed, old grass seed and stuff I could get for little of nothing... I would mow it 8" high when it needed it.... Or mow it 2" high when that worked best.... Once or twice a year as needed...

The thinking being it would help keep them away from my cash crops and let the guys who did favors for me a place to hunt...

If you want your food plots to look putting green perfect, you can do that... But it comes at a cost.. What ever your willing to pay for....

And the deer don't care.... They eat what they want, when they want.... You just have to be there at that moment....

Good luck...

Thanks. A couple of the areas I can get my tractor in and disc it up. The other areas are littered with stumps and a little rougher than I want to run my tractor through. I have used a stump killer to help get the stumps gone, they are cut low. I will need to get some seed that won't require me to till the soil for these areas.

My boys and I were out cutting saplings and piling up branches. They are looking better. I have been working on cleaning up some of the "trails" the skidder made so I can move around in them in my jeep and tractor.

The areas where I can get in and disc up seem like they will be easy to develop. The other will take more time and effort.
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