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Old 04-09-2013, 07:22 PM
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best food for Deer?

At the farm I hunt we go through clover as fast as we plant it, Is there a food plot to
help in groth in body and antler size? and to give then energy to survive the harsh winters.
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Old 04-09-2013, 07:35 PM
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Re: best food for Deer?

Clover and winter wheat is what we usually plant they eat it crazy fast as well. If it is legal use feeders with either shelled corn or protein pellets, we have to about every yr because of sever droughts past few yrs we cant keep our plots growing, by the end of Aug and early Sept they've dug them up by the roots. I've tried a few of the blends as well, best thing I've found is a mix of clover, oats and turnips. They all grow at different rates and have the goodies the deer need to stay healthy. In ky we can only feed corn or protein about a month before bow season which is Aug and a month after around 1st of Feb. Check with your local biologist and agriculture guys, they'll be able to give you better guidance for what the deer actually need at various times of the yr. And what will grow best, there are some that will grow great, some decent and some not at all depending on soil quality. We get soil samples every yr, using a ph tester from the local garden supply place and we fertilize accordingly. We've tried several "test" packs from different companies having been overly impressed with any for the price. We can buy 100lb of all the seed we mix together for around the price 100lb of premixed stuff costs.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:08 PM
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Re: best food for Deer?

Until you said you wanted them to survive I was going to say LEAD was the best deer food. If you can get a hold of themn try some austrian winter peas, I dont know about deer up North but deer down here in the South love them. Shelled Corn is a good feed but not very high in protien I think somewhere around 7% Winter peas are close 21% if recall and will keep growing after the deer eat the leaves off the vine. Also if you have access to the land all year try to plant spring and summer crops to get the weight on the deer before the winter starts.
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Re: best food for Deer?

I'm experimenting with Sainfoin for the first time this year. Those that have planted it in strips w/in alfalfa show elk and deer walk through the alfalfa to get to the sainfoin.
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:44 PM
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Re: best food for Deer?

Thanks for all of you input guys, we are about to start the plow on a new 40
but here in Michigan its been raining constant and we need it.
the Deer had a great winter here, never had to scratch ground for food.
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Re: best food for Deer?

alot of the planters around here prefer rape.
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alot of the planters around here prefer rape.
Wow! That's really rude!!!
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