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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.

Hi Sonny,

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 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.Small Food Plot

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,
Randy VanderVeen

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4 thoughts on “Isn’t It Too Early To Be Thinking About Deer Food Plots?
  1. Brody says:

    There are several companies that will send you samples for food plots. I found a company that sent me 8 varieties of what the sale. The samples make a 10×10 plot (each.) This season I will be experimenting with a new company to see what works best in my area. The things people don’t think about are the hardiness of what they grow. In the southern state temperatures Can stay in the 90’s and drop into the 60’s overnight (if not lower). Second thing to consider is the amount of rain these plots need (15-30inches) annually, finding a seed that fits into your region’s annual rain fall will be important. Third factor is how much sun exposure the plots need, it just like plants in your wife’s flower bed food plots need/ take only so much sunlight per day. Over exposure is just as bad as not enough exposure. If you are serious about building quality food plots you need to take all of this into consideration, and always research the companies you are purchasing from need to find a reputable company that has done the research and has proven antler growth. The right nutrition formula will make deer add your plot to their runs.

  2. Frank says:

    Hi Randy i also watched ur youtube video on ur small plot.I to have no way of getting equipment in to put in a plot,my problem is i hunt on nine acers of timber that is full ok brier trees and other problem bushes thay make is very thick.There is a field of tall weeds,about ten acres worth,that when its cold or presured the bucks become vurtualy nonexcistent.I want to put a small plot in the back between the tall weeds and a small ravein tucked in the timber to hopefully pull the bucks out while still making them feel same.Is this a good idea,if so,what should i plant and what would be the best way to go about doing this the right way.I apritiate your time and help. Thank you Frank from Springfield,Illinois

  3. admin says:

    Hi Frank,
    Sounds like you want to see these when it’s still cold. I would plant some purple top turnips.
    these are attractive in the fall bow season, but really get hammered when it gets real cold and when there is snow on the ground.
    If you want to know more about manipulating deer movement on your property, you will learn a ton new things on the following website with some videos:

  4. Frank says:

    thank you for your imput.What would be the best way to properly plant purple topped turnips

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