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#5452663 - 12/01/14 07:37 PM Does having a food plot hurt?
spoon33 Offline
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My friend has 80 acres he lives on with the back 40 we use for hunting. It's probably 35-40% wooded back there with a clearing for power lines going across. This year we built a 1 acre food plot of mixed grasses and I have a gravity feeder out there. Now I know having the gravity feeder hurts with increasing your odds of seeing deer during the day, but I was wondering if the food plot creates the same problem.

I am buying a digital feeder in the spring to spin only during shooting hours, but was wondering if having a food plot where deer can eat 24/7 will decrease their activity during the day. All of the pictures on my cameras are at night, regardless of it being a buck or doe. Trying to decide if I wanna scrap the food plot next year and just use the digital feeder, or will it help keep them around until the corn gets thrown.

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#5452710 - 12/01/14 07:56 PM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: spoon33]
wtr Offline
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I don't think it ever hurts to have too much food for the deer. Get as many does as you can on your place before rut starts up each year.


Edited by wtr (12/01/14 09:30 PM)

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#5452715 - 12/01/14 07:58 PM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: spoon33]
SWtexashunter Offline
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I would think it would help of all things. Its always great for deer to have an abundant source of food...
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#5452736 - 12/01/14 08:06 PM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: spoon33]
jtprocaddie Offline
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If you see pictures at night then you need to find the direction they are heading out at the end of the night to head back to their bedding ground. Either set up more cameras if you cannot scout or spend some nights out there just watching them... Find which way they go, then set up along that route somewhere during the night and wit for them to head back to their bedding area during first light.
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#5452751 - 12/01/14 08:14 PM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: spoon33]
cos Offline
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Loc: east texas
Don't scrap the food plot, increase the size of it. It take time but after a couple more years you can draw deer from adjoining properties, I started with several 2 acre plots but am up to 8 acres on one now and after 3 years its a blast to watch when rut going on. Had 29 head in it the other day. 6 bucks with 2 in the 120's. Killed a 140 in it 2nd year.

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#5452828 - 12/01/14 08:46 PM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: spoon33]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Deer come and go on 40 acres. Giving them reasons to come can only be a good thing.
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#5452830 - 12/01/14 08:47 PM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: spoon33]
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We had food plots before hey were called food plots, it's called a wheat field. I wouldn't want to go a year without it.
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#5452859 - 12/01/14 09:02 PM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: dogcatcher]
KG68 Offline
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In our area the deer are coming to our oats and pretty much ignoring our feeders sitting on the edges. Some are even leaving the corn and oats to look for acorns under the oaks scattered around the food plots bang . Depends on the year but some years food plots are the draw and some years it's the feeders. hammer

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#5452946 - 12/01/14 09:37 PM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
rattler03 Offline
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Deer come and go on 40 acres. Giving them reasons to come can only be a good thing.


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#5452948 - 12/01/14 09:38 PM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: dogcatcher]
Western Offline
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Originally Posted By: QuitShootinYoungBucks
Deer come and go on 40 acres. Giving them reasons to come can only be a good thing.


Originally Posted By: dogcatcher
We had food plots before hey were called food plots, it's called a wheat field. I wouldn't want to go a year without it.


Food plot done right and good rains and it will only improve your viewing pleasure. I was growing oats and wheat for my cows before I ever heard the term "deer food plot", most country guy's know that will bring them in.

Deer will use them 24 hrs a day but they tend to be out at daylight to 9am, and later around 4-5pm. I have deer in my plots at night all the time, most days I can see them in the times mentioned above fairly routinely.
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#5453074 - 12/01/14 10:43 PM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: spoon33]
Hirogen Offline
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Registered: 07/18/13
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Loc: Ontario, Grey County
The only thing a food plot hurts is your back if there is no tractor/atv access. The amount of food a plot delivers makes a feeder look like a waste of time. Some of our turnip plots are yielding 8 tons of forage per acre.


Edited by Hirogen (12/02/14 03:11 AM)
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#5453093 - 12/01/14 11:01 PM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: dogcatcher]
Erathkid Offline
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Originally Posted By: dogcatcher
We had food plots before hey were called food plots, it's called a wheat field. I wouldn't want to go a year without it.
We tried not doing oat patches a few years ago. BIG MISTAKE! Always plant. The deer will eat at night but they also eat at night at feeders too. The more food available will only increase the deer in the area. Trust me on this. Lots of good info above too. Food plots equal wildlife, from bunnies to bobcats, deer, hogs ,etc. They certainly help more than they hurt. I've seen deer walk past my feeder to munch on fresh GREEN oats.
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#5453387 - 12/02/14 08:13 AM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: spoon33]
Mr. T. Offline
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I have a 4 acre food plot near waco. I always plant oats. This year I decided to plant 3 acres of oats ($11 a 50 pound bag) and one acre of Austrian winter peas, ($52 a 50 pound bag). The peas cost 5 times as much as the oats to plant. The deer are hitting the oats fairly good, but they are really hitting the winter peas. Some parts of the peas are just dirt now as they have eaten everything. They are eating my oats, but not nearly as much. Darn, it looks like next year I will plant 2 acres and 2 acres. I think my venison is now running around $1,000 a pound. lol.
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#5453413 - 12/02/14 08:22 AM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: Mr. T.]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
Originally Posted By: Mr. T.
I have a 4 acre food plot near waco. I always plant oats. This year I decided to plant 3 acres of oats ($11 a 50 pound bag) and one acre of Austrian winter peas, ($52 a 50 pound bag). The peas cost 5 times as much as the oats to plant. The deer are hitting the oats fairly good, but they are really hitting the winter peas. Some parts of the peas are just dirt now as they have eaten everything. They are eating my oats, but not nearly as much. Darn, it looks like next year I will plant 2 acres and 2 acres. I think my venison is now running around $1,000 a pound. lol.


If you aren't harvesting, mix the seeds together and they'll eat some of each rather than pounding the pea area.
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#5453478 - 12/02/14 08:46 AM Re: Does having a food plot hurt? [Re: spoon33]
Mr. T. Offline
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Thanks, I will try mixing the oats and peas next year. This being my first year to plant Austrian winter peas, I wanted to see if they would even bother to eat them. I have my answer.....YES, they will.
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