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.243Heartshot 01-24-2009 09:55 AM

Food Plot For Mule Deer
What kind of food plots do mule deer like? I was thinking about planting a couple 1-4 acre food plots on my Northern California hunting land. Like about 5-10 food plots, what would be good like clover, turnips, chicory, what do they like. Also would they frequent these plots, would it be good to put bow stands on the plots.

.243Heartshot 01-24-2009 09:56 AM

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What about Wheat Food Plots would they be good?

cowboy4513 01-24-2009 10:11 AM

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They will eat anything green! HAHA seriously though Alfalfa is big in washington and Idaho where I hunt.

.243Heartshot 01-24-2009 11:27 AM

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What will attract them really good though?

caselesss5 01-24-2009 03:20 PM

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alfalfa alfalfa alfalfa....nuff said

finnbear 01-24-2009 03:35 PM

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How well will this work in a dryland application?? I know that some farmers do have dryland alfalfa but they only get one cuting andthey have to cut way early so the plants don't dry out due to lack of water!!! I also would like to plant at around 3000ft I was thinking more along the lines of a wheat type plot!!

caselesss5 01-25-2009 09:09 AM

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i dunno then. we grow alfalfa here and its a high mountain desert. probably 6,000 feet but i think they water all the time. here we can cut 3 crops usually. two years ago we got 4. i dont know how the deer like the wheat but that would grow better in drier conditions. most of the farms that plant wheat are closer to town and dont have many deer coming in that close so i dont really see deer in those fields so i dont know.

beech18 01-25-2009 11:14 AM

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alfalfa is a good. Deer like wheat, Ive seendeer in areas where winter wheat is planted by the hundreds. Clover is another they like.

skb2706 01-26-2009 10:28 AM

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My sister has a 12,000acre food plot for mule deer (we call it a farm). It has corn, wheat and milo ............

huntingson 01-27-2009 08:42 AM

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It all comes down to what do they have to eat around you and when is it available. If you can plant something that is a good food source for them when other local food sources are scarce, then you will be in for a great ride.:D

game4lunch 01-27-2009 10:04 AM

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My first thought was, "Do the regs there allow food plots?" The Game Warden might consider that putting in a food plotwould bebaiting.
If baiting big game in your area is legal, then you can't go wrong with corn.
I get the impression you'd be putting it in a fairly arid climate. If so, then I'd go with a mix of small grains like alfalfa, wheat, and sorghum.
Also pay close attention to where you put it. Small openings in the trees is good because it allows cover nearby.
I wouldn't make several small ones, rather than one big.

finnbear 01-27-2009 11:27 AM

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LOL!!! I guess U didn't understand the type of area I was considering LOL!!!! pretty much sagebrush and open ground, no water except for rain!!!..and yes it is legal to hunt over bait in Washington!!! of course i've hunted here for about 45 yrs.and just found this out this year LOL!!!!! I know that i can get it to grow along with wheat and other grains... I was just wondering if anyone had done this in the past!!!

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