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Alfalfa for alfalfa-nieve deer

Old 05-28-2007, 09:33 PM
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Here's a strange question. I'm making a food plot and had plans on planting a alfalfa-clover mix. Then I got to thinking that the deer in my area have never been introduced to alfalfa. There's literally not an alfalfa field around (in any size) for miles. How do you think the deer will react to alfalfa in such a situation? Will they be attracted to it? Take a while to get used to it? Or avoid it?
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Old 05-28-2007, 09:44 PM
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DUDE THATS A GOOD QUESTION. IM NO EXPERT AND I REALLY DONT KNOW HOW THEY WOULD REACT. I KNOW I WOULD EXPERIMENT WITH IT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. I WOULDN'T GET CRAZY WITH THE PLOTS, BUT PLANT A FEW DESCENT SIZE PLOTS IN DIFFERENT PLACES AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS. YOU NEVER KNOW HOW THE DEER ARE GOING TO REACT. MY OPINION ANYWAY.

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Old 05-29-2007, 03:59 AM
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i think once they find it they will tear it up
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Old 05-29-2007, 01:35 PM
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Deer are browsers and will sample almost anything green, especially if coming up in your clover patch. A lot of foodplots introduce "foreign" plant life (Austrian winter peas, oats, rape, etc.) If they try it and like it they will probably come back for it.
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:05 PM
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They'll like it alot.

But in my experience - Alfalfa is difficult if you have acidic soil.

It just takes so darn much lime for me that I cannot justify it. That and my neighbor (real farmer) -has 20-30 acres in alfafa each year - so a 2-3 acre plot for me - isn't a great draw - we do better with a unique offering.

My experience with our neighbor's alfafa :

UNBEATABLE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL ATTRACTION - every buck is in these fields when in velvet and first getting hardened antlers. It is THE attraction when our season 1st starts in October.

However - After a few hard freezes (not just frosts)- clovers, and grains like winter wheat and cereal rye are preferred over alfalfa. Often thier alfalfa fields are empty in favor of a 3 acre clover plot.

I never see deer pawing through snow for alfalfa - but often in clover, rye, winter wheat and now brassicas.

Maybe it gets bitter when cold??? Maybe its too Stalky? I don't know - but I see it every year.

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Old 05-31-2007, 08:32 AM
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We were in a very similar situation 3 years ago. Planted 8 acres in alfalfa, now there are deer in it every day. They at the very least, learned to like it. It is not good in the fall once it dries out though. They seem to totally ignore it at that point.
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