Add these to your fall food plot approach in preparation for the season’s start.
Though nutritional value is at the top of spring food plot objective lists (so that deer have enough food to get them through summer), fall food plots are typically meant to attract deer leading into and during the hunting season.
August, contrary to what a basic planting understanding would tell you, is a great time to plant certain crops that can really make a difference.
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Whether your spring food plots didn’t quite perform the way you wanted them to, or you’r just getting started planting in a hunting area, consider these strategies and suggestions to make the most of it before hunting season begins.
Hearty, healthy, and relatively inexpensive, oats can be a harbinger of great hunting success if they’re planted in August.
They are a versatile plant, and often grow quickly with even the littlest bit of care. In fact, there are even frost-resistant oat seeds available from certain companies for northern states that can possibly freeze over before the winter officially arrives.
Soybeans are a deer favorite. Though they might not reach maturity before the end of the season, Whitetails love the early green shoots and leaves that emerge from the ground relatively quick.
It’s not a common choice in lots of parts of the country, but if you’re able to procure some soybean seeds, you might just come to find your hunting property is the only place where deer can track them down. When the rut begins and does cruise by the soybean field to munch the day away, bucks will be right behind.
Yes, it’s a spring plant, but plenty of locations across the US can produce good luck when it comes to planting fall clover. Protein-packed and as green as ever, clover has long been understood as a deer magnet.
The unfortunate thing is that clover is a bit picky, and sometimes takes a full year to completely develop. The perennial will be well worth planting, and hopefully come back stronger year after year.
Use chicory as a supplement to other crops, and you’ll appreciate its ability to thrive under some pretty extreme conditions.
If you’re liberal with the seeding process and you use it in addition to others, you can count on three to five years of sustained growth from a typical chicory crop.
What other plants have you added to your food plots this fall?