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#3013020 - 11/02/12 04:44 PM food plot shapes
gboucher
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if you could create food plots in any shape or direction what would it be? for me the prevailing winds are southwest.
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#3013037 - 11/02/12 04:53 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: gboucher]
tn droptine
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Next one I have cleared I'm thinking of doing like this:

http://www.northcountrywhitetails.com/articles/boomerang.htm

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#3013222 - 11/02/12 07:42 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: tn droptine]
Diehard Hunter
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Long and slender.
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#3013352 - 11/02/12 09:09 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: Diehard Hunter]
W.Seay
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Hour glass, they will cross right in the middle
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#3017651 - 11/05/12 07:26 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: W.Seay]
Doskil
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Small and right in front of my stand site

Depends on what other forage/food is around


Edited by Doskil (11/05/12 07:30 PM)

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#3020797 - 11/07/12 09:16 AM Re: food plot shapes [Re: W.Seay]
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 Originally Posted By: W.Seay
Hour glass, they will cross right in the middle
Thats a good idea
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#3020981 - 11/07/12 10:35 AM Re: food plot shapes [Re: Diehard Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Diehard Hunter
Long and slender.


I love long, narrow plots adjacent to thick cover. However, the shape of the food plot is irrelevant unless you have good entry/exit routes to it.
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#3021003 - 11/07/12 10:40 AM Re: food plot shapes [Re: String Music]
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Personally, I love long, linear plots that zig-zag, with each straight section being only about 80 yards. Not only does this break the plot into smaller visual sections (allowing deer to potentially feed in one section that cannot be seen from another section), it cuts down on hunters attempting very long shots. Stands can be placedat at the "V" of each bend, allowing visual and shooting distances of 80 yards up each arm of the plot to the left and right.
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#3024023 - 11/08/12 09:07 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: BSK]
gboucher
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that seems to defeat the purpose bsk, i want to be able to hunt the entire plot. i would always be thinking they were around the corner.
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#3024347 - 11/09/12 06:20 AM Re: food plot shapes [Re: gboucher]
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 Originally Posted By: gboucher
that seems to defeat the purpose bsk, i want to be able to hunt the entire plot. i would always be thinking they were around the corner.


But it will keep deer using the plot. Shoot deer in a food plot a couple of times, and deer will stop using the plot during daylight.
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#3026215 - 11/10/12 10:21 AM Re: food plot shapes [Re: BSK]
gboucher
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not if they are desparate, lol. i was thinking someone might say something more along the lines of in a V shape with the v pointing east to allow hunting in the outside of the v during eitherly northerly or southerly winds
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#3026848 - 11/10/12 07:40 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: gboucher
that seems to defeat the purpose bsk, i want to be able to hunt the entire plot. i would always be thinking they were around the corner.


But it will keep deer using the plot. Shoot deer in a food plot a couple of times, and deer will stop using the plot during daylight.
I have to agree here,after a couple hunting years,food plot usage goes way down during daylight
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#3028039 - 11/11/12 05:45 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: Football Hunter]
gboucher
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you fellows must be hunting diff deer than me. i see double digit deer in my plots everytime i hunt them. rarely a mature buck but occasionally. we dont take many deer from the plots except during bow season though.
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#3029145 - 11/12/12 09:28 AM Re: food plot shapes [Re: gboucher]
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I've always looked at a pine planting (the thicker the better) with the thought of going into it's interior and cutting a small central area with spokes like a wheel radiating from there. The pines hide the plot and provide excellent cover and bedding area and the food draws the deer into the opening.
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#3030048 - 11/12/12 05:40 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: gboucher]
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 Originally Posted By: gboucher
you fellows must be hunting diff deer than me. i see double digit deer in my plots everytime i hunt them. rarely a mature buck but occasionally. we dont take many deer from the plots except during bow season though.


It isn't hunting the plot that scares deer away or drives them nocturnal at the plot, it is killing deer from the plot. HUGE difference in deer reaction.
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#3047475 - 11/24/12 08:36 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: gboucher
you fellows must be hunting diff deer than me. i see double digit deer in my plots everytime i hunt them. rarely a mature buck but occasionally. we dont take many deer from the plots except during bow season though.


It isn't hunting the plot that scares deer away or drives them nocturnal at the plot, it is killing deer from the plot. HUGE difference in deer reaction.


I have noticed also BSK that if you let the deer come onto the plot and stay for extended periods of time and then shoot them at the end of the hunt it seems to work much better than them just walking out there and firing before they get comfortable and feed for a while. I advise that even if you fully intend to shoot a deer from a plot do it after they have fed for a while rather than immediately after they step into it. \:\)
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#3053281 - 11/28/12 12:00 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: Football Hunter]
W.Seay
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 Originally Posted By: Football Hunter
 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: gboucher
that seems to defeat the purpose bsk, i want to be able to hunt the entire plot. i would always be thinking they were around the corner.


But it will keep deer using the plot. Shoot deer in a food plot a couple of times, and deer will stop using the plot during daylight.
I have to agree here,after a couple hunting years,food plot usage goes way down during daylight





Yep
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#3061837 - 12/03/12 07:11 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: Football Hunter]
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So following this thinking; my son shot at a doe in a food plot, hit a limb and missed. Will those deer come back? Are they now scared of the plot because of the boom? It was a clean miss. Hit a 1 inch branch and the bullet sailed
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#3080523 - 12/15/12 12:19 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: RobbyW]
feathersandfur2214
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I prefer irregular shaped plots. It provides more security for the deer because you can't see/shoot the entire plot. It also provides more edge which means more browse. The deer will use this area often times before entering the plot.
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#3096147 - 12/26/12 12:58 PM Re: food plot shapes [Re: feathersandfur2214]
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Not sure of the best shape (our long and skinny strips seem to get more usage) but just make sure you can locate a stand where you are not looking directly into the sun. We screwed up this year on our layout and stand placement. By 4 o'clock, it feels like you have been welding without a helmet or shades...
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