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Old 11-25-2010, 07:04 AM   #1
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What does buck forage oats look like? I'm trying to figure out if the oats is growing or grass. If anyone planted before, does it look like a bright green grass? Or is it brown? I thought oats suppose to be brown?
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Old 11-25-2010, 09:00 AM   #2
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BFO looks like bright green grass. I have planted it for the past seeral years in Upstate NY. It really is 'the kill plot', especially in the late season. Once the deer get a taste for it, they will keep it mowed down like grass. The turkeys eat it pretty well too. I usually have the deer digging through the snow to get to it. Very easy to establish as well.
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Old 11-25-2010, 04:18 PM   #3
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The deer here prefer oats over any other winter crop. Used to plant the expensive buck forage oats in our fall game plots; paid about $35 per 50 pound bag. Then i found out that plain old horse feed oats at $11 per 50 pound bag are just as hardy and the deer like them just as well.

Chilocco oats cost about $16 per 50 pound bag and are very cold tolerant.
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Unless they are dead they won't be brown. BFO's are the best green field fall plot I have ever used.
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Old 11-26-2010, 04:49 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I thought my seeds didn't germinate and grass was growing.
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Old 11-27-2010, 05:15 PM   #6
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Just buy the "OAT" seed at the co-op it is alot cheaper than BFO!
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Old 11-27-2010, 06:11 PM   #7
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Just buy the "OAT" seed at the co-op it is alot cheaper than BFO!
Yep, it grows just as well and the deer eat it just as well as they do BFO.
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:33 AM   #8
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Yep, it grows just as well and the deer eat it just as well as they do BFO.
X2. Also, to the original poster. Post up a pic and I could tell ya for sure. Oats are the most overlooked food plot source IMO. Easy to grow and the deer love em.
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:30 AM   #9
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Next time I'm there I will take a picture and post. I was out of town for a week and the plot was mowed down when I came back, because my enclosed cage had oats 2" taller, so I put a camera and I saw a bunch of rabbits over my plot, but it was taken at night. Has anyone had problems with rabbits mowing down there oats? Because of picture taken at night, I can't tell if they were eaten it, but I've never had that much rabbit,night pictures taken with that much rabbits before. I would have put a camera there, while out of town, before it was mowed down, but I was having my camera serviced. I don't know yet, if the deer or the rabbits are the one eating my plot???? I bowhunted over my plot today and had a young 8 point come in bow range that I let walk, but he didn't stop to eat my plot.
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Old 11-28-2010, 01:15 PM   #10
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After hearing the advice of everyone on here to buy generic oats from the co-op instead of BFO for a fraction of the price I decided to do that this year. I'll agree that the oats attracted the deer just as well and were just as drought tolerant; however, all of my food plots are now over run with weeds that have choked most of the oats. I have been planting BFO thae last 5 years and have never had a problem with weeds so I don't think I'll be planting the cheap oats anymore.
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