Food Plot Usage - Unbelievable

Discussion in 'Whitetail Deer Habitat' started by Terrific_tom, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. I worked very hard on my food plots this year with a total of 4 acres of Brassicas, 1/2 acre of clover, 2 3/4 acres of soybeans and 3/4 acre of a mix of oats , winter wheat, rye and Austrian Winter peas. Every thing turned out well except the brassicas, had rain when I planted the brassicas then it dried up and topped off with 2 early frosts in early September and the deer started hitting them as soon as we had frosts cleaning up what growth I had. Was a little concerned with limited deer usage all fall. I didn't over hunt as I was only able to hunt a few Saturdays until the middle of November. Hunted 4 days in the middle of November with a few good bucks spotted but none of them presented a shot with the Bow. My son and brother gun hunted and only saw a couple of deer. The trail cams were showing all night time movement. I was getting discouraged as usually once the surrounding crops are gone I get an influx of deer in to my property which didn't happen this year. I have a few theories on why, one of them is with the warm weather there was lots of natural browse and the alfalfa fields were all green yet the other one I won't get in to. Last Wednesday we got our 1st snow storm. The storm ended Wednesday evening and I went up to check my trailcams on Saturday morning and was greeted with some thing I never expected. There was deer tracks every where. I counted 50 fresh deer beds just walking around the food plots. I didn't even go in the woods. I guess Winter came late. After seeing this all the hard work was worth it. I will be doing some Late Season Bow hunting in the next couple of weeks.
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  2. Boysen

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    Tom that has to be a great feeling to see all of the deer tracks and know your hard work has paid off. Great Job keep up the good work.
     

  3. Boysen

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    Do you have any of your cameras set up around your food plot area?
     
  4. Yep but they got covered up with snow during the storm, readjusted them so I should get some pics the next time I check them.
     
  5. I agree with your thoughts on plenty of eats for the deer prior to the big storm last week. Plenty of corn unpicked by me yet I still saw quite a few deer in an alfalfa field just showing above the snow next to 40 acres of corn last Sunday. Went pheasant hunting in another corn field I had access to and didn't see as many deer tracks as I would have expected, but again that's only another 60 acres out of 300 acres+ still standing.

    I was a wiffer, but at least my buddy got one of the birds I pushed his way....