It’s only the middle of February and I’m already getting questions from visitors to my blog and from people who saw my videos on YouTube wondering what they should plant in their deer food plots this year.
So I thought I would post one of these questions and my response on my blog. This one is from Sonny in IN.
Good Morning Randy,
My name is Sonny and I live about 20 miles south of Indianapolis, In. I do a lot of whitetail hunting south of Trafalgar, IN. I am investigating using deer food plots for the first time. I saw your YouTube video on how you made a small 8×10 plot. Do the the deer pretty much devastate that area before you can even hunt it? I have about an 1/8 of an acre that is open for planting. What would you recommend planting. It is in a heavy soil. I am in the process of getting a soil sample.
My best deer food plots are 1/8 acre. I plant a lot of different seed varieties to grow a lot of different things. However, the best food plot seed I have ever used is “Infinity” made by http://WhitetailSelect.com It will grow great in your heavy soil.
I plant it the first week of August and it’s 1 foot tall by Oct 1. The deer hit it really hard, but it lastswell into December, and greens up fast in the spring. I get about 5 years out of that plot before I have to replant.
The really small deer food plots I have, 8×10, do get annihilated by the middle of October. I know that will happen before I plant them, but the idea in those plots is to steer the deer traffic where I want it and stop them for a shot for my daughters during the first 2 weeks of the bow season.
A mature buck will hit those little plots the first 2 days of the bow season, but will then go nocturnal due to heavy hunting pressure around our area. Then it’s primarily a doe harvest plot for me and my kids until the food and plants are gone.
This also keeps us out of our bigger plots, 1/8 to 1/4 acre, so we don’t burn them out like many guys do early in the season.
When the pre-rut and rut starts, I hunt thick bedding areas with my treesaddle in smaller trees where no other type of treestand will work, which keeps all the other hunters out of there during October.
I hope this helps. For more how-to videos on what to do each month of the year leading up to hunting season so you can get a leg up on a shooter buck next fall, check out this site about deer food plots.
If you have any other questions before you get started, feel free to contact me anytime.
Have a great weekend,