What is the best food plot for deer in Kentucky?

Grain sorghum or milo is very drought resistant and provides excellent winter cover. The small seeds provide a food source for songbirds, quail, deer and turkey. Clover and lespedeza (not sericia) are legumes* commonly planted for wildlife. The most common food plots are pure stands of one type of grain or legume.

Are deer food plots worth it?

Sometimes called “kill plots,” these fields are definitely proven to work for any whitetail hunter that has access to a large chunk of whitetail habitat, and an undying desire to take a mature bucks. A well-thought-out food plot plan will help you attract mature bucks, drawing them from surrounding properties.

What is the fastest growing food plot for deer?

Late Summer or Early Fall Food Plot Seed Autumn Quick Plot Seed is a fast growing blend of annuals and biennials formulated to be planted from late Summer to early Fall. The Rye and Wheat pop up quick giving the deer something to eat and the radishes and brassicas will continue to flourish on throughout the fall.

When should I plant a fall food plot?

Fall plantings should be planted prior to the onset of autumn rains. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your food plots are panted at least 30-45 days prior to the first frost.

Will deer eat lespedeza?

Warm-Season Perennial Legumes: Sericea lespedeza, bicolor lespedeza and perennial peanut are browsed by deer but are not normally planted for them. Warm-Season Annual Grasses: Corn, sorghum, and browntop millet are often planted for deer and ducks. Browntop millet is also frequently planted for doves.

How many acres do you need to keep a deer?

What this leads to is that on the average property, it will take around 25 acres of native woods or 5 acres of openings (re-growth) to support a single deer in good health. Food plots, on the other hand, produce as much as 5 tons of food per acre, thus supporting several deer per acre.

Is a half acre food plot big enough?

In my experience, half-acre plots are common and allow for the perfect mix of feeding and hunting. Assuming your spot has four to six hours of sunlight, proper soil PH and solid rainfall, this is the right route for you.

What can you plant in the woods to attract deer?

Plant a seed blend that thrives with just a small amount of sunlight, such as Whitetail Institute’s Secret Spot or Biologic’s Hot Spot. Make sure the mix includes plants such as crimson clover, arrowleaf clover, brassicas, wheat, oats, buckwheat, and rye.

What food plots do deer like best?

Typical cereals planted for deer would include oats, wheat, triticale and rye. When native green forage becomes less available from fall through spring, these crops will attract large numbers of deer and provide valuable nutrition to help them through this difficult period.

Is it too late to plant a deer food plot?

A frequently asked question we receive this time of the year….is it too late to plant Fall food plots? And the answer is: Absolutely not! Providing plenty of food and attraction to keep more deer on your property this Fall and Winter and increase your opportunities this hunting season.

Does lespedeza make good hay?

Lespedezas can make excellent hay. Cut when plants reach 30 percent bloom or 12–15 inches in height. Regrowth occurs from the buds in the crown of the plant, so leave a 3- to 5-inch residual height. Pure stands of lespedeza can produce 1–4 tons of dry matter per acre.