Whitetail Deer Hunting Gain a better understanding of the World's most popular big game animal and the techniques that will help you become a better deer hunter.

Where have the deer gone?

Old 12-08-2017, 03:14 PM
  #1  
Spike
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 1
Default Where have the deer gone?

I need some help here. During the off-season, I planted a clover plot and a brassica plot. The clover plot held deer every day ( around 15 different deer). They disappeared the second week of October and have not returned. Shouldn't acorns be gone by now for them to return to plots? FYI I am hunting in Georgia, and I hunt once or twice per week with very few hunters around me . Any ideas why they are not coming back at all?
Jthornt5 is offline  
Old 12-08-2017, 03:20 PM
  #2  
Boone & Crockett
 
Oldtimr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: south eastern PA
Posts: 12,259
Default

If you are in an area with producing oaks there will still be acorns and they are preferred to green food. The digestive process of deer start to change in winter to digest bark and buds and other foods along with whatever s available. When the preferred foods run out, the deer will be in your food plats of the food is available.
Oldtimr is online now  
Old 12-08-2017, 03:26 PM
  #3  
Nontypical Buck
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Eastern wv
Posts: 2,590
Default

great acorn crop this year, they don't need grass.
RR
Ridge Runner is offline  
Old 12-10-2017, 11:23 AM
  #4  
Spike
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 16
Default

I know weather plays a huge role of what I see every year
nube is offline  
Old 12-10-2017, 12:31 PM
  #5  
Spike
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Southern piedmont of Virginia
Posts: 59
Default

My property is located among thousands of acres of woods. I have about 14 acres of fields that are all planted for deer, with a mixed variety of stuff. Most have clover, chickory and alfalfa. One field I turn every year for Oats in the fall. In all fields I seed turnips, beets and radishes between the clover/chickory/alfalfa in August. My point is there is always food available no matter the temps. Further, itís stuff they love...but...the remaining 100 acres are hardwoods and loaded with red and white oaks. Itís the predominate tree. When the acorns are in the fields get quiet(er)...and given how prevalent the acorns are they can virtually lay down and have them dropping around them. They will eat them over everything else. Once done, the fields fill up...but the key is making sure u have crops that work all year. Clover gets crappy after a number of freezes...so does chickory. They go to the most nutritious, palatable and available source and for me my goal is to make that my place to the extent I can.
YTCLT is offline  
Old 12-11-2017, 08:24 PM
  #6  
Spike
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Posts: 16
Default

Originally Posted by YTCLT View Post
My property is located among thousands of acres of woods. I have about 14 acres of fields that are all planted for deer, with a mixed variety of stuff. Most have clover, chickory and alfalfa. One field I turn every year for Oats in the fall. In all fields I seed turnips, beets and radishes between the clover/chickory/alfalfa in August. My point is there is always food available no matter the temps. Further, itís stuff they love...but...the remaining 100 acres are hardwoods and loaded with red and white oaks. Itís the predominate tree. When the acorns are in the fields get quiet(er)...and given how prevalent the acorns are they can virtually lay down and have them dropping around them. They will eat them over everything else. Once done, the fields fill up...but the key is making sure u have crops that work all year. Clover gets crappy after a number of freezes...so does chickory. They go to the most nutritious, palatable and available source and for me my goal is to make that my place to the extent I can.
When you say you seed turnips, beets, and radishes between them in August, do you just seed on top of these fields with the fall seed? or do you literally seed them between the others, like in rows? May sound stupid but I am new to food plots so I am learning!
thomasj1107 is offline  
Old 12-12-2017, 05:13 PM
  #7  
Spike
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Southern piedmont of Virginia
Posts: 59
Default

Originally Posted by thomasj1107 View Post
When you say you seed turnips, beets, and radishes between them in August, do you just seed on top of these fields with the fall seed? or do you literally seed them between the others, like in rows? May sound stupid but I am new to food plots so I am learning!
Not stupid at all. Iíll run my disk w the disks straightíish or use a steel drag and just run over the clover etc. it exposes dirt, and while it sounds like it would do a lot of damage it really doesnít. Then I just broadcast seed the field with turnips/beets/radishes. Since they shouldnít be buried you donít have to re-drag and the seed falls between the clover and onto the exposed dirt. I seed them a little lighter than if the field was only turnips...Iím just trying to add another crop not have them take over. Iíve been doing this for 5 years and Iíve never had it fail.
YTCLT is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.