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    Where is the best place to put food plots

  • #2
    I like to put mine where I know I can hunt over them. If it is a wooded area I look for an opening that I can get to with a 4-wheeler. If its out in the open I choose areas where vegetation isn't the best for forage already and tear it up. Here is a link to some more ideas if they will help you. http://www.fieldandstream.com/forums/hunting/whitetails/food-plots

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    • #3
      my dad put on about 5 yards from his stand so he can see them coming and shoot them in there. He put his next to an old path in the woods and the first year it was ok and teh second year deer would bed about 2 feet away in some tall grass

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      • #4
        put it on rightaway suround by woods

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        • #5
          probably a secluded field in the woods. or a logging road

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          • #6
            I have been planting them for about 5 years, it's just tough in this area with so many crops in the area. Key is finding something you can offer them that they can't get in the area. Then find that travel corridor and you can actually set up your plot so they travel right where you want them too.

            If you are looking on a larger scale 10-20 acres, the choices are limitless. It will take some research on your part as to what will work best in your area, ph levels, amount of rain annually, etc....

            I think it's worth the effort, plus you provide a food source for them during the rough winters (again depending on where you are).

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            • #7
              Unless you have access to a subsoiler avoid logging decks unless that is the only option you have. These areas are so compacted from heavy equipment that adequate tillage is all but impossible. Also, avoid droughty hill tops. Bottom land areas are best as these areas will hold moisture even during dry times. If the area is wooded make sure that you orient the plots in and east-west direction for maximum sun light exposure. 6-8 hours of direct light exposure are necessary per day for best growth with most forages. Minimum plot size considered should be 1/4 acre. Till as deeply as possible, 6-8 inches or deeper is ideal. Once tilling is complete soil test. Your local Cooperative Extension Office can help you with soil testing and recommending forage varieties. Follow the soil test recommendations. Skimping on lime and fertilizer, especially lime will result in poor results! Check out this link to UT Extension for a great food plot publication. Good luck!

              http://www.utextension.utk.edu/publications/pbfiles/PB1743.pdf

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              • #8
                probly like a meadow an opening in the woods

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                • #9
                  Put it on the outskirts of the woods and close enough for you to make a shot out of your tree stand or blind...

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                  • #10
                    It is best if you can find a small opening in the woods where deer will feel safe, but the opening has to be big enough so that sunlight will get in and the stuff can grow.

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                    • #11
                      It's easier to attract deer if you put your food plots some place the deer want to go anyway...The closer to bedding or feeding areas or travel routes you can get without disturbing them, the better!!!

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                      • #12
                        http://www.fieldandstream.com/forums/hunting/whitetails/food-plots

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                          http://www.fieldandstream.com/forums/hunting/whitetails/food-plots

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