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#5424619 - 11/16/14 05:35 PM Food plot first timer
Mitch Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 10/12/04
Posts: 25
Loc: Haslet, TX
I know I'm jumping the gun a little bit but I need to draw more deer to our land. They visit our land and will occasionally hit feeders. I'm just not satisfied with the quality of bucks or number of deer period. I'm getting a soil sample next week so I know what I'll have to add to the soil. My plan is to use roundup, wait a week, more roundup, then disc up my area, maybe more roundup if I need it or add my soil additives at this point and plant away. I'm planting in southern Oklahoma near the Arbuckle Mnts/Ardmore area.
I'm thinking something like turnips or kale? Or one of the bag mixes from Cabelas. Just looking for suggestions at this point. Some of the bag mixed from Cabelas get really good reviews.
Any suggestions is much appreciated


Edited by Mitch (11/16/14 05:36 PM)

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#5424664 - 11/16/14 05:58 PM Re: Food plot first timer [Re: Mitch]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 23584
Loc: Wise County Texas
Good 1st thing is the soil sample. I'm not as big a fan on weed killer as some, especially if you have the equipment to deal with the land. Weedkiller just doesn't evaporate into the atmosphere.

Before buying any seed, You need to see if You can get the county agriculture agent out, Here they are free. Those guy's know their business and will surely know what is best in your area.

As far as seed, ask around local, especially any close by farmers, or at your local feed store, they will know what will grow best right there.

The issue I have with some pre-bagged seed like those, they are geared more for the part of the country they are sold in primarily, also the seed sizes can run from large to small, making planting depth tough (planting depth is one major cause of poor germination)

You may be in a good area to grow an alfalfa cultivar, that would last several years and deer love it, way over corn and many other crops.

As far as seed info and just for your reading, try the link below and click under "wildlife" on the left, then click Wildlife food plot guide. good short article about wildlife seed, planting and "whys".

http://www.mbsseed.com/
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#5424672 - 11/16/14 06:01 PM Re: Food plot first timer [Re: Mitch]
Mitch Offline
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Registered: 10/12/04
Posts: 25
Loc: Haslet, TX
Awesome Dennis! Thanks

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#5424676 - 11/16/14 06:03 PM Re: Food plot first timer [Re: Mitch]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
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Loc: Wise County Texas
No problem Mitch, a plot is fairly str8 forward after a while, but can be daunting at 1st. I had to edit the heck out of my post, kept coming up with "thoughts" (happens when you start getting old) LOL
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#5424749 - 11/16/14 06:43 PM Re: Food plot first timer [Re: Mitch]
Jtmeeks Offline
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Registered: 07/28/13
Posts: 367
Loc: TEXOMA
welcome im having the same sort of problem as you being right around your area. im on texoma
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#5424768 - 11/16/14 06:48 PM Re: Food plot first timer [Re: Mitch]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Getting late in the year to plant. Ground temps have to be down quite a bit. Might wait till Spring and hit it hard then. That way you can also plant earlier next fall. What are the deer densities like in your area? How is the hunting pressure around you?
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#5424840 - 11/16/14 07:20 PM Re: Food plot first timer [Re: Mitch]
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Registered: 09/01/09
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Loc: NE/CO/KS/MO/OK
Mitch, I have a ranch that is really close to where you are in Oklahoma. I do very well with food plots in the area and see lots more mature bucks on them vs feeders. If you ever want to talk about what I have found that works, pm me with a number and I will be happy to share my knowledge.

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#5426568 - 11/17/14 02:26 PM Re: Food plot first timer [Re: Mitch]
Mitch Offline
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Registered: 10/12/04
Posts: 25
Loc: Haslet, TX
Yeah, I didn't plan on doing any this year. I will get soil samples and talk to the county extension about what they recommend. Hit it hard in the spring. Just not entirely happy with the quality of deer that I've seen now over 3 years. I haven't seen a lot of deer and during archery season, it's primar just me.
We are going to put cows out in the main pasture, which is okay the deer are used to the cows out there. I will fence off all plots.
What to plant and where is what I need some advice on. I'd like to keep it fairly close to where I'm hunting now, which is in a valley with timber. Cedar trees are located on either side of the valley. A small pond located very close to this small valley too. The other option would be to put a plot in amongst the cedars. I like the valley though because water is close by and they travel the one ridge of the valley a lot

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