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19 May 2008 10:24 PM

    I am thinking about planting a bunch of ATV trails as a type of food plot.  Does anyone know of some cheap seed  that will take some ocassional foot and atv traffic?



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    19 May 2008 10:27 PM

    I don't know about a cheep seed, but I have heard dandelions make great forage for deer.  Maybe you could pick a bunch that are ready to be scattered and then blow them around on the trails.  They seem like they would be really hardy.  They grow in my yard no matter what I do.



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    05 Jun 2008 12:31 PM

    Not sure if it is applicable in your area,...but check out "field" or red clover,...it should be available at a local farmers co-op.



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    05 Jun 2008 01:04 PM

    Hey BC,

    Welcome to the site.  Red Clover you say?  Is that different the common clover?  Do the deer like it?



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    04 Aug 2008 11:38 AM

    I put in some plots with a buddy at the end of June and we just got some pictures back. 

    Turnips Food Plot:

    Food Plot Deer Turnips

    I am pretty excited about this.  I guess the deer eat the tops in the fall and as the weather gets colder they will start to dig up the turnip root.  We have sandy soil and I wasn't sure how they would do but they are looking good.  That's my buddies daughter in the plot.  I have a trail cam up on this plot now so it will be intresting to see what we can see over the next month.  If I get any good photos I'll post them.

    Tecomate Buck Forage Oats:

    Oats Food Plot For Deer

    They seem to be coming up great.  I don't know about the oat choice and if the deer will like it but a 50lb bag was really cheap so we gave it a try.  This food plot was brand new this year and the other plots have been in for a year or two and have been limed and fertlized more.  This one we just threw down fertilizer.

    Antler King Forage Mix In This Plot:

    Antler King Buck Forage

    This plot has some Antler King mixed forage seed in it.  It appears to have some rafe chickoree and some other grasses.  It claims to have something for every season in it.

    Food Plot ATV Trail

    ATV Trail Food Plot

    We found this seed at the local feed mill.  Apparently it is a blend of grasses developed for deer and turkey that is designed to be planted on logging roads and trails.  It appears to grow best in the shade.  It is pretty spotty where it gets a lot of sun.  It was developed by the WI DNR according to the guy at the feed mill.  It seems to be comming up nicley.  We disced up a old atv trail hand spread some fertilizer and then just laid down the seed by had.

    You can see some of the before pictures in the food plots section of the site.  Check back next month for some trail camera photos from the turnip food plot.



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    11 Aug 2008 07:20 PM

    Hate to say this but..... No cheap seeds in food plotting, Done right, it's a great way to kill a monster buck, done wrong..... just "wimpy" grass



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    12 Aug 2008 02:35 AM
    The seed we purcahsed was not cheap. I think we had a few hundred dollars in it between that and fertelizer, lime, roudn up etc. I am pretty excited about it though. We hunt in some big woods and the deer don't seem to use the same trails very often. The seem to wander around the area though so we are hoping to consilidate them a bit. I am hoping to get some pictures off my trail cam this weekend to see what has been in these plots so far this year. I'll post the pictures when I get them. stay tuned!


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    07 Oct 2008 10:23 PM

    Update-DEER LIKE TURNIPS-

    I wanted to give you a update on my food plots.  Two weeks ago my plot looked great.  (See the first picture below) in two weeks the deer stripped the tops down to the stem.  It dosen't apper that they have been digging up the roots yeat but I hear that they don't hit them much untill we get more frost.  I was just shocked by how fast they cleaned me out.  Wouldn't you know it my deer cam was in the garage getting the battries charged.

    I am hoping to hunt the property in 2 weeks.  There should be some fat turnip fed deer running around.


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    08 Oct 2008 06:18 AM

    Looks like your hard work may pay off.  Good luck!

     

     



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    09 Oct 2008 01:07 AM
    I was really hoping they would be eating it while I was hunting but hopefully they will be back to dig up the turnips. I am heading up next weekend to hunt.


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    13 Oct 2008 10:18 PM
    As soon as you get some frost the deer will be back in your turnip plots. They dig up the roots hard when they freeze. I guess it makes them sweet and the deer love it. If you want some seed that works for most of the seasons check out some of the forage mixes. These mixes have something for all seasons in them.


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    19 Oct 2008 10:02 PM
    We have one plot (a small plot) with a Antler King Mixed forage. Some of the plants are very unusual looking. It looks like the deer have been eating on the plants with the big leaves but not much of anything else yet. I moved my trail camera over there and am going up to check it this weekend. I hope to have some good pictures to show next week.


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    10 Nov 2012 12:40 AM

    This is a very good idea. It would be better to plant veggies than spending much money for  food. Deers are blessed in having enough food in your town. It seems a maudlin idea, but it is correct that we waste enough food annually to feed the hungry. Some quotes peg waste at 50 percent of production, meaning half of all generated foodstuffs are going in the garbage.



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