Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 27
  1. #1
    Gold Member Boeing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    458
    Location
    Botetourt, Va
    Tractor
    kubota L3010

    Default deer plot/plots???

    Friends and fellow hunters....
    I have about 3 acres on a mountain top that is a field. The rest of my land is woods. Surrounding properties are all forest too. There are about 3 small, grassy areas available. One borders a nice creek, another is the junction of 4 logging trails and the third is just below my mile long drive and gets it's runoff.
    Here are the questions....the three acres on top is almost equally divided with clover on the west half and plain old rye grass on the east half. I get some deer on the clover side and occassionally turkeys buggin' in the rye grass. Should I "roundup" the rye side, plow, disk, lime and seed for deer? And what would I plant? The clover doesn't do that good on the mountain top....very little moisture. I read that chickory might do better with little moisture. a few rains, thunderstorms and dew is all it ever gets.

    Those small grassy areas.....same questions, if it's growing grasses well; it SHOULD grow deer food.....but are these areas too small to be worth the trouble? (15yds X40 yds by the creek) (12ydsX 80 yds along the logging trails) and the adjacent to road area is about 20X20 yds. They have fairly moist soil as they are lower than the surrounding woods.
    What would I plant? Clover again? How about DIFFERENT foods in the different spots? Turnips, Beans, Brassicas? Again, being so small, will they get wiped out before they even grow anything?

    So far I've made trails, limed, seeded, mowed the top field and photographed all sorts of game but not taken the time to hunt at all. I'm the CARETAKER for the animals property.....
    Last edited by Boeing; 04-28-2013 at 02:43 PM.

  2. #2
    Elite Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    3,723
    Location
    nicholson, pa
    Tractor
    John Deer Lt160

    Default Re: deer plot/plots???

    You could look at stock seed company they have a bunch of different wildlife food plot seeds mixes.
    www.stormspoons.com my website
    http://www.etsy.com/people/Forgeblast?ref=pr_profile
    Is where I also have spoons listed.

  3. #3
    Gold Member Boeing's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Posts
    458
    Location
    Botetourt, Va
    Tractor
    kubota L3010

    Default Re: deer plot/plots???

    Thanks Jeff,
    I like your hobby/shop link. Are you the Etsy shop "spinning top" guy too?
    My main question about the food plots is concerning the three little pieces of land where the grasses are doing so well. Deer pretty much leave grass alone.....if I replaced the grasses with turnips or brassica or even clover are the plots too small to even get a chance to grow or will the deer wipe it out as it comes out of the ground?

  4. #4
    Elite Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    3,723
    Location
    nicholson, pa
    Tractor
    John Deer Lt160

    Default Re: deer plot/plots???

    There is a way to keep them out of it. If you put in fiberglass posts and fishing line, it will keep them out. My plots are smaller plots that I put in that way due to the deer destruction. I would say they are 10' wide by 20' long. I put fishing line and then long streamers of flagging to remind the deer they are there. I then take it down when they are ready.
    I have seen my neighbor try to put in a food plot and watched it eaten to the ground before it was up.
    Smaller food plots will still bring them in. You do want to watch if you have a lot of turkeys, they will eat the seed before its in. I threw some straw down after i did a few plots.
    For the clover I planted this year Its already coming up.
    No I don't do any turning yet, I am still fine tuning my pole lathe, thanks for checking out the link.
    www.stormspoons.com my website
    http://www.etsy.com/people/Forgeblast?ref=pr_profile
    Is where I also have spoons listed.

  5. #5
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    718
    Location
    Germanton, NC
    Tractor
    Kubota MX5100F IH McCormick Farmall 140, Massey Ferguson 135

    Default Re: deer plot/plots???

    For small plots I've had the best luck with a mixture of turnips, kale and rape. Don't buy a food plot mix when you can go to the feed store and buy equal parts.

    The small plots should do well with the brassicas above. I use a double electric fence to keep the deer out until I want them to have the plot. My double fence is constructed using poly rope type electric fence. The inside is two strands one at about 12 inches and one at about 36 inches. The outside fence is a single strand at about 24". The two fences are about 3 feet apart.

    I first saw this fence used by Dr. Grant Wood, aka "the deer doctor". I use a 12 v battery charger for the fence. Not a single deer bothers my plots until I am ready for them to get them.

    The double fence works because the deer have poor depth perception and won't jump it. The electricity keeps them from crawling under it or walking through it. Make sure you use a charger that is rated to contain a bovine bull and it will keep deer out.

    Here is a photo of one of my plots last July. It was forage soybeans and they grew to 72" tall before I let the deer in.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails -image-jpg  

  6. #6
    Veteran Member CliffordK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    1,202
    Location
    Eugene, Oregon
    Tractor
    Toro D200, Ford 1715, International 884,

    Default Re: deer plot/plots???

    My deer love my orchard.
    Apples, Plums, etc.

    They also seem to be pretty good at pruning some younger trees, and stripped the leaves from my grapes and raspberries.

    I consider them as worm control in my orchard, so I don't mind them too much there, but I do try to use an electric fence around the stuff where I don't want them.

  7. #7
    Member Arrow1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    30
    Location
    Atwater, MN
    Tractor
    JD 2520

    Default Re: deer plot/plots???

    The clover doesn't do that good on the mountain top....very little moisture. I read that chickory might do better with little moisture. a few rains, thunderstorms and dew is all it ever gets.


    I have had great luck with a chickory/clover blend. Last year was very dry here. My plot is in the sun most of the day in the shadows in the am. The clover went dormant and the chickory looked great. Chickory has a deep tap root like a dandelion. I like that I don't have to replant every year also.

  8. #8
    Elite Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Posts
    3,723
    Location
    nicholson, pa
    Tractor
    John Deer Lt160

    Default Re: deer plot/plots???

    Nice Plot Ted!!!
    www.stormspoons.com my website
    http://www.etsy.com/people/Forgeblast?ref=pr_profile
    Is where I also have spoons listed.

  9. #9
    Platinum Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Posts
    718
    Location
    Germanton, NC
    Tractor
    Kubota MX5100F IH McCormick Farmall 140, Massey Ferguson 135

    Default Re: deer plot/plots???

    Thanks. I keep the fence on the plot until about 10 days before bow season comes in.

  10. #10
    Veteran Member CliffordK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    1,202
    Location
    Eugene, Oregon
    Tractor
    Toro D200, Ford 1715, International 884,

    Default Re: deer plot/plots???

    Ted, so you are using your plot to bait the deer for hunting?

    I suppose I just allow the deer to share some of my property. A bit different concept. It might not be a bad idea to build a safe sanctuary during hunting season, but at least around here, the deer roam from place to place.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Deer Plots
    By clarityconnect in forum Owning/Operating
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 06-11-2011, 10:04 AM
  2. Food Plots for Deer
    By VTSasquatch in forum Attachments
    Replies: 26
    Last Post: 01-20-2011, 10:06 AM
  3. Deer Food Plots
    By CWP37 in forum Attachments
    Replies: 20
    Last Post: 06-13-2007, 03:58 PM
  4. food plots for deer
    By flINTLOCK in forum Projects
    Replies: 28
    Last Post: 12-11-2005, 04:12 PM
  5. Tractor for Deer plots
    By aerospacefarmer in forum Buying/Pricing/Comparisons
    Replies: 42
    Last Post: 11-19-2003, 05:18 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
© 2014 TractorByNet.com. TractorByNet is a registered trademark of IMC Digital Universe, Inc. Other trademarks on this page are the property of their respective owners.