A food plot is one of the greatest tools a sportsman can use.
Food plots have become especially common with more and more companies producing ready-to-sow bags of seed that don’t require a lot of upkeep.
But these food plots are very generic, may or may not be ideal for your location, and usually require a large amount of space to be cleared and plowed to plant.
Here are some alternative suggestions that you can use to make your food plot more than average.
Apple trees are a great way to attract deer to an area. The trees produce fruit from a relatively young age, and they don’t require very much space. A stand with even a small clearing is enough to plant an apple tree or three to get the deer where you want them, especially in early season.
And, an apple tree is a food plot that never stops giving. Your yield will actually increase from year to year. Something else to keep in mind is that almost any fruit tree will work. Apple, pear, persimmon, plum, and more can all be equally effective. Consider planting a variety; give them more choices, and give yourself a better chance at a shot.
Deer love sweet potatoes. Many people choose to buy sweet potatoes and dump them near a stand. While this can produce positive results, why not just plant your own?
Sweet potatoes grow from slips of sweet potatoes, so with the money you spend on 5 pounds of potatoes you can grow a crop 12 times that size. The first deep frost will probably kill the plants, but this can work great for early season bowhunters.
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My thoughts on corn are similar to those on sweet potatoes. How many times have you carried a 50-pound bag of corn into the woods, only for it to disappear in a week?
If you spent a little more time before the season and planted 50 pounds of corn, think of the results you could get. And contrary to popular belief, corn does not have to be planted in large square fields. Depending on your setup, you could do a few small thin rows, or a circle around your stand, or small patches with shooting lanes.
Purple Hull Peas
If you search for purple hull peas online, almost every page you come across will have a section about keeping deer out of your gardens. To me this is a good sign.
I want the deer, so planting the peas that they can’t get enough of seems like a logical step to take. Purple hull peas are inexpensive and relatively easy to grow, so why not give it a shot?
Deer are attracted to sugar and sweets, so it makes sense that deer love sugar beets. Sugar beets can be a little tricky to grow depending on your climate, but you can use regular beets or carrots as a substitute. The deer will smell it and come running for a sweet snack.