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1000sq ft, can i attract deer?

Old 06-20-2004, 07:44 PM
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Default 1000sq ft, can i attract deer?

ok, here is the scoop, i cleared out a small spot in the woods, about 1000 square feet, it's about all i can reasonably clear without my mom really going nuts on me( 36, and still getting butt chewing from mom, can you believe it?) nice sunlight, not too much or little, moderately dry. this is on a nice trail, too. deer do not hold on the property, just pass through it. since it is in the woods, i don't think i could rototiller it because of the roots, so i have raked it well, and am planning on buying some no-plow. i spread a little 10-10-10 fertilizer on it, just enough to see it. this is in a nice maple grove, fairly sandy soil under the leaf litter. i plan on putting some lime on it at some point, enought to cover the spot( because of this being a low-budget project, i am only spreading small amounts of fertilizer and lime this year to see how it goes) so, given what i stated above, what are my chances of attracting deer in to this spot( planting some wild apple trees there also soon, within a few weeks, more in the fall). all i want is to bring them in, i know this isn't a big enough plot to do a lot of good. also, this is northern vermont, how will no-plow take?any thoughts?
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Old 06-20-2004, 09:52 PM
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Old 06-21-2004, 03:48 AM
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Good advice from muddydog. every little bit helps.you may want to get some of the plot saver to keep the deer off till it is up and growning good. that small they will eat it off before it can get started.
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Old 06-21-2004, 05:39 AM
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The Secret Spot worked well for me last year. I think Whitetail Institute makes it. Along with the fertilizer I suggest liming. 200 pounds would go a long ways in sweetening the soil.
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Old 06-21-2004, 06:31 AM
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That is a small plot area, but is better than nothing. The biggest problem is if you have a lot of deer they will eat the plot up before it becomes established and will not be enough to maintain a lot of deer.
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Old 06-21-2004, 03:25 PM
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Rather than planting clover maybe try rape. It is usually not eaten by deer until the first frost of the fall sweetens it's flavor.
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Old 06-22-2004, 05:12 PM
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Shelled yellar, whole kernel, yella acerns......corn, corn, corn! Dont plant it, pour it. Works best when it's at least 3-4 inches deep
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Old 06-22-2004, 10:17 PM
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Check out the Wildlife Management Plan that I posted and that is about what I started with.
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