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#6096624 - 12/22/15 12:29 PM Food Plot Conundrum
DQ Kid Offline
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Registered: 02/20/12
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
I've got the nicest food plot I've had in my 8 years of land ownership in SW Young county. A combination of 10-12", oats, chicory, beans and clover covering about 2 acres. Problem is, the deer seem to be hitting it exclusively at night with hundreds of tracks in/around it but no sightings as of yet while I'm out there hunting. Any way to change their evening patterns using this food plot? Anyone else experience this? Haven't had a plot camera yet but thinking of getting one out on it just to see exactly what times they're hitting it.

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#6096643 - 12/22/15 12:40 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: DQ Kid]
Kevin_M Offline
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Registered: 01/05/13
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Loc: Buda, Tx
I'll be keeping an eye on this one as I have a very similar problem. mad

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#6096646 - 12/22/15 12:41 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: DQ Kid]
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I don't know how you'd deter them from hitting it at night. Best you can do is cross your fingers and hope for some colder weather. They will definitely move more during the day once we get a cold snap.
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#6096656 - 12/22/15 12:45 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: DQ Kid]
z71dustin Offline
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You just need a spotlight bolt

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#6096660 - 12/22/15 12:46 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: DQ Kid]
Enter Standman Offline
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Take this with a grain of salt, but I was listening to a podcast the other day where the guy was saying it's a mistake to move on your plot before daylight as you might bump them and decrease the chance of them coming back later in the morning. Maybe this option is worth a shot to change it up on them.

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#6096704 - 12/22/15 01:05 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: z71dustin]
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Originally Posted By: z71dustin
You just need a spotlight bolt


I like this idea QDog !
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#6096729 - 12/22/15 01:19 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: DQ Kid]
stxranchman Offline
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If the deer are not living on your land around the food plot there is not much you can do. Hunting over food plots on the morning has never worked for me. Evening hunts are the best if you have multiple stands/plots to hunt to not pressure deer with your exit from the blind. The more you bump them the later they will enter in nice weather. These warmer temps we have had are making the deer move later also. Add in the rainfall and excellent weed growth and they do not need to move much.
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#6096753 - 12/22/15 01:30 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: Enter Standman]
Lil Joe Offline
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Registered: 06/08/14
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Loc: Willis, Tx
Originally Posted By: Enter Standman
Take this with a grain of salt, but I was listening to a podcast the other day where the guy was saying it's a mistake to move on your plot before daylight as you might bump them and decrease the chance of them coming back later in the morning. Maybe this option is worth a shot to change it up on them.

All or most of the "pros" on hunting shows that hunt in the Midwest and north say they only hunt food plots in the evening because they would run them out in the mornings when they are entering the area.

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#6096843 - 12/22/15 02:39 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: stxranchman]
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Registered: 11/01/12
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Loc: Lubbock, TX
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
If the deer are not living on your land around the food plot there is not much you can do. Hunting over food plots on the morning has never worked for me. Evening hunts are the best if you have multiple stands/plots to hunt to not pressure deer with your exit from the blind. The more you bump them the later they will enter in nice weather. These warmer temps we have had are making the deer move later also. Add in the rainfall and excellent weed growth and they do not need to move much.


Good advice here. There were 15 in our plot Saturday morning before sunup and 10 Sunday morning. If I'd tried to get to the stand they'd have vacated post-haste.

I would also advise watching it for activity in the middle of the day, say 10-2. If they can bed close, sometimes they'll come back for a midday snack.
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#6096868 - 12/22/15 02:53 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: DQ Kid]
Texas buckeye Offline
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Registered: 11/22/11
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Loc: Keller
it just needs to get colder...this weekend should be good for deer hunters!

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#6096888 - 12/22/15 03:03 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: DQ Kid]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
get on mld and hunt it in February.
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#6096891 - 12/22/15 03:04 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: DQ Kid]
Navasot Offline
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other than that theres not enough need for them to eat during the day...
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#6096906 - 12/22/15 03:09 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: Navasot]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Originally Posted By: Navasot
get on mld and hunt it in February.

If you are doing that why wait till they are all broken up? Hunt in October cheers
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#6096915 - 12/22/15 03:13 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: DQ Kid]
Texas buckeye Offline
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Registered: 11/22/11
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Loc: Keller
too stinking hot in October.

I need to look into the depredation night time exemptions which allow people to deer hunt at night. But then I would have to feed some sort of glow in the dark mineral mix all summer so I could tell which bucks had the good racks while hunting them.

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#6097028 - 12/22/15 04:02 PM Re: Food Plot Conundrum [Re: DQ Kid]
Txhunter65 Offline
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Registered: 02/13/15
Posts: 490
Like others have said:

There's only one rule for hunt food plots in the morning..... Don't.

In the evenings if you can tell where the deer are primarily coming from move away from the plot a few hundred yards and try to intercept them on their way to the plot of theyre not coming till after dark.

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