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  • Let's try and settle this once and for all...

    What is the deer's favorite cereal grain?

    I have planted a couple small side by sides with oats, rye, wheat, and sucraseed's pasture sweetener (hybrid high sugar rye grass blend).

    Getting ready




    Test plot #1 (order of oats, rye, sucraseed, wheat from the corner of entry)




    Test plot #2 (order is sucraseed, wheat, rye, and oats from the corner of entry)




    A taste tester entering the plot...





    to be continued.....
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  • #2
    So, I'm still not satisfied w/ the previous responses from our resident deer hunters. Please tell me how this is not baiting. Yeah, I get the part that you're cultivating/sowing/harvesting, but you're doing all of this for the express purpose of bringing a deer into [your preferred] shooting range. How is that not baiting?
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    • #3
      Food plots provide superior nutrition for an extended period of time. Bait piles are only available during the hunting season and do nothing to aid nutrition. I'm not saying bait piles are worthless, they can be useful for keeping deer numbers under control where they are legal.
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      • #4
        Agreed - waiting to see what the deer like HR.

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        • #5
          Agreed with 31.

          So it's not technically baiting...but aren't you altering what would be natural behaviors of foraging? You are feeding them good food, which is great, but you are feeding them and working to alter what would be their natural patterns so that you can shoot them in your field?

          LOL - I love to hunt and kill deer too, but I've never gotten the whole feed plot, bait box and sit in a blind thing...just doesn't seem fair or very sporting. IMO
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          • #6
            Not a hunter her so I am going at this expecting to get blasted. My understanding is that people plant food plots to enhance the deer growth and grow trophies??? This is just a guess from watching some hunting shows. If I were a hunter I would be all about making the meat the best. Sort of like corn fed beef.

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            • #7
              Corn fed beef is a stretch, but the same principle. Larger, healthier, deer with larger antlers. Us hunters like big horns!

              I realize that baiting is illegal in VA, so I think some of you are overestimating the effectiveness. It will get you some meat if that is all you are after, but no mature buck is coming to a bait pile during legal shooting hours.

              Food plots are generally even less effective as hunting spots (depending on the layout) due to being in wide open areas vs a bait pile which can put where the deer are (woods/cutover). All plants need direct sunlight to grow, and deer do not wander around in sunlight. Again, the point is actually helping the deer vs simply killing them.

              Hope that cleared some things up.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by gnfsnva View Post
                Agreed with 31.

                LOL - I love to hunt and kill deer too, but I've never gotten the whole feed plot, bait box and sit in a blind thing...just doesn't seem fair or very sporting. IMO
                But you have just mixed two totally different things with food plot and bait box - which contradict the very principles. As for sporting then we should eliminate the use of high powered rifles that could take a deer at 300+ yards. Since a deer could be shot long before he makes it to a food plot.

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                • #9
                  31 is just stirring to pot here. Don't pay any attention to him! LOL He thinks it's baiting if you sit under an oak tree dropping acorns too. He crawls through the woods and bushes on his hands and knees with a knife and hunts them down old school. He's crazy like that! LOL
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                  • #10
                    LOL - I guess I'm trying to stir the pot a bit too.
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                    • #11
                      ol' Airborne hunted for many years (bow) but hims never did it like y'all do it.
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                      • #12
                        Food plots are just good land management. The same stuff that attracts/feeds the deer also feeds the squirrels, turkeys, grouse etc. A good food plot system is good for the herd in general. If a mature deer or two is shot off the plot it's no diffirent that havesting them where there are no food plots, except every animal that doesn't get shot benefits. People who are serious enough about their property are not going to blast every deer that comes to the buffet.

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                        • #13
                          OK, the results!

                          Through the end of november it was all oats. Around mid-january the oats got burnt a little from the cold, at which point the wheat passed the oats in the most use. What surprised me was the hsg ryegrass. It was late november before it got touched, but since the deer have kept it mowed. It was the only plot that had that mowed to the ground look. Not at all what I was expecting, will be trying it again next year.

                          Some additional info, the oats got too big. Probably due to warm winter and little early on the planting time. They had respectable use even after they were a foot+ tall until they got got cold burnt in January.
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                          • #14
                            That was a great idea putting it into different orders from entry point. Should be interesting to observe over a period of time. Sounds like you have a good handle on things, hope you get the results your looking for.
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                            • #15
                              Would it be feasable on smaller plots(1 - 2 acres or less) to plant a mix of oats and wheat?

                              I've had poor results with my winter plots and looking to do better this coming year.

                              Thanks,
                              Eddie

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