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#1 Greasy6020 OFFLINE  

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Posted October 09, 2016 - 06:13 PM

Do you guys who hunt deer plant food plots?

How do you prepare the soil? Add any fertilizers etc?

I have a disk and cultivator, and a fertilizer spreader at my disposal.

I will be working on a bare clay soil site, south facing hill, with a huge amount of deer wolves bear etc going past.

Any advice?

Can't hunt deer either, stepmom won't allow...
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Posted October 09, 2016 - 06:18 PM

When I used to do plots, I would disc one path 12' wide until it was black. Then plant a radish/turnip/oat/timothy mix eight foot wide centered in that strip and pray for the best.

That, and bury a mineral block below the tree stand.

Where I live now I just open the back door and stick one, drag it to the shed and hang it.

My new method rocks, btw.

Edited by Cat385B, October 09, 2016 - 06:19 PM.

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Posted October 09, 2016 - 06:38 PM

I never seen food plots before. We always set up feeders. But on my talks with guys in Illinois they do food plots. But one thing I found interesting. One guy said he crushed up a mineral block and spread it out over the dirt. He said deer would flock all over and eat the dirt and all. never heard of that one before

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Posted October 09, 2016 - 07:46 PM

okay, maybe I am confused or something.  Why would you want to plant deer plots if you cant hunt them?


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Posted October 09, 2016 - 08:19 PM

okay, maybe I am confused or something.  Why would you want to plant deer plots if you cant hunt them?


I agree. Besides that, planting will keep the wolves and bears around more.
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Posted October 09, 2016 - 08:35 PM

okay, maybe I am confused or something. Why would you want to plant deer plots if you cant hunt them?

Deer damage in your flower beds and garden can turn almost every one into a hunter.

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Posted October 09, 2016 - 09:51 PM

okay, maybe I am confused or something. Why would you want to plant deer plots if you cant hunt them?


Seat time seems like a valid answer. I'll see if I can't sneak out after I get tags etc...
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Posted October 10, 2016 - 03:31 AM


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Posted October 10, 2016 - 08:17 AM

Got to be careful with any kind of food plots.  In Iowa we cannot use any kind of bait for deer.  About the only thing that is legal is if you can find an apple tree and set up your stand or blind near it.  About anything else, including mineral/salt blocks in any for is baiting.


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Posted October 10, 2016 - 08:38 AM

Got to be careful with any kind of food plots.  In Iowa we cannot use any kind of bait for deer.  About the only thing that is legal is if you can find an apple tree and set up your stand or blind near it.  About anything else, including mineral/salt blocks in any for is baiting.

How do those hunters on the Outdoor Channel have food plots for deer in Iowa? I suppose alfalfa and corn don't count.


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Posted October 10, 2016 - 09:48 AM

Anyone think a bunch of sheep manure would make an ok fertilizer? I have access to it by the truck load...
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Posted October 10, 2016 - 11:10 AM

How do those hunters on the Outdoor Channel have food plots for deer in Iowa? I suppose alfalfa and corn don't count.

How the Iowa code reads: "Bait" means grain, fruit, vegetables, nuts, hay, salt, mineral blocks, or any other natural food materials, commercial products or such materials transported to or placed in an area for the purpose of attracting wildlife."  This stated in the Iowa deer hunting section of the 2016-2017 Hunting and Trapping regulations booklet.



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Posted October 10, 2016 - 11:12 AM

Anyone think a bunch of sheep manure would make an ok fertilizer? I have access to it by the truck load...

Is is OK but be careful and don't put it on to heavy.  When I was a kid I killed a bunch of moms flowers once when I soaked a bunch of sheep poop in water, mashed it all up good and "watered" her flowers.


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Posted October 10, 2016 - 02:01 PM

Up here field peas seem to be the answer, they like them while they're growing and after they're ripe.
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Posted October 10, 2016 - 11:28 PM

Here in the 'hood deer are thick as thieves. There's is a deer run in neighbours yard for 20 years. Are they not as plentiful in the valley? I took this pic 2 pm. I got deathly ill gutting a deer 10 years ago,, have not touched venison since,,, and I think the deer know it!


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