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#5520133 - 01/04/15 07:29 PM Rye Grass or Oats?
brian43 Offline
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Registered: 06/26/12
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What attracts' Deer better Rye Grass or Oats?

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#5520159 - 01/04/15 07:35 PM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
Sneaky Offline
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Oats, but winter rye could be a different story. The two are not to be confused.
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#5520315 - 01/04/15 08:38 PM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Tried both. Oats by far the best.

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#5520404 - 01/04/15 09:11 PM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
stxranchman Offline
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Oats will work in areas better that don't get really cold freezing weather. Wheat works better in much colder areas. Down in South Texas oats is planted in October and wheat in Nov. Both work well when they first start growing. So IMO it really depends on when and what you plant since deer prefer tender new growth. Rye grass will grow well and deer will eat when they do not have much else to choose from. Now cereal rye is going to be more like oats or wheat to them.
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#5520405 - 01/04/15 09:11 PM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
Western Offline
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Oats no question in my mind
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#5520504 - 01/04/15 09:41 PM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
rlttu66 Offline
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Cereal rye will also germinate and actively grow at much cooler temps than oats. Can't speak to deer preference, but I would imagine that there would be little difference in young growrh, but might stay on oats longer. Split your plot into thirds: plant 1/3 in about 50lbs/ac oats, 1/3 in 50lbs/ac cereal rye, 1/3 in 25-30lbs/ac oats AND the same rate of cereal rye mixed in the drill or spreader. Then let us know!

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#5520507 - 01/04/15 09:41 PM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: therock]
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Originally Posted By: therock
Tried both. Oats by far the best.

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#5520542 - 01/04/15 09:58 PM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
pprince Offline
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Registered: 05/01/12
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oats

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#5520550 - 01/04/15 10:00 PM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
brian43 Offline
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Registered: 06/26/12
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Do u have to disc the ground up to plant Oats?

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#5520576 - 01/04/15 10:08 PM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
rlttu66 Offline
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Depends on what you're working with. Have to achieve best possible seed to soil contact with whatever implements you have at your disposal. Are you going to drill or broadcast? Size of plot? Top-soil type? Cultivation tools you have access too, if any?

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#5520692 - 01/05/15 12:22 AM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
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Oats hands down. However cereal rye seed can be thrown down cheaply and easily and require no seeding, if the rain comes. Always a good idea to throw rye seed around feeders and areas that might receive high moisture. deer, hogs and turkey eat it, and will actively seek it out. It works great.
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#5520806 - 01/05/15 06:31 AM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
Western Offline
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As the fellas said, cereal rye is far better than a winter , or "lawn type" Rye and has a better nutritional value where standard Rye like "Gulf annual", has little value.
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#5521073 - 01/05/15 09:44 AM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Oats are the bomb.
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#5521145 - 01/05/15 10:20 AM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
Perry Outdoors Offline
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Registered: 06/07/11
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Oats don't buy "rye grass" but "winter rye" is really good. I'm in north carolina but my favorite food plot mix is oats and rye grain.

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#5521658 - 01/05/15 02:30 PM Re: Rye Grass or Oats? [Re: brian43]
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Registered: 12/01/14
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Loc: Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas
We disc our field before seeding and again lightly after with a chain pulled behind the disc. We have had army worms wipe out our oats the last couple years though...
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