Where you plant, can be as attractive as what you plant. A plot in the open will get used, but not as much as 1-200' wide, irregular plot ( peanut shape kind of) with good browse and cover on the edges.
Add 40% Wheat seed to your oats and fertilize according to your soil sample (about $20 thru Tesas A&M) Allot of guys dont drop the coin for fertilizer and that could make the difference in nutrition enough to draw the deer to your plot IMO. BTW, I like wheat since it can handle colder temps than oats, still believe deer like the oats better though, but if you get 2 weeks of damn cold, you may still have some wheat growing good.
I have never lost an oat plot in N Texas to cold though, usually more to dry weather.
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