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#3031182 - 11/13/12 11:03 AM Cant figure this out !!!
Donk
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I got about an acre and half food plot surrounded by woods.Its got buck forage oats,winterpeas and Whitetail Int clover all mixed together,some turnip greens too.Looks great the oats have some seed heads on them.The Deer quit using it about 10 days before the juvy hunt and havent been back at all.They were coming real good before that.No hunting pressure,that I know of.Had several trails cameras going.Deer and turkey,no people.Now nothin,no even turkeys.Whats up with that?
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#3031287 - 11/13/12 12:27 PM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: Donk]
Diehard Hunter
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ACORNS RULE! Not surprised at all, when acorns are abundant why should the deer come out into a food plot?
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#3031292 - 11/13/12 12:31 PM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: Diehard Hunter]
Donk
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Good point,but not even an passer by.Oak trees all around the plot,even a big oak out in the middle of it.
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#3031334 - 11/13/12 12:58 PM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: Donk]
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I don't think they like to eat it when it gets big and "tough" I guess you could say. They younger and tender the wheats and oats and such are the better they like it. These frost should make the turnip greens sweater. Maybe they will come back to the turnip greens later on when the acorns get gone. There is probably still alot of acorns left.

Don't feel bad, I saw the first deer in my food plot all year long yesterday morning. Only that one a few pictures at night of deer crossing through it. It has clovers, rape, mustard, oats, wheat, peas, and rye. It kinda looks like a hayfield in late April (kinda sarcastic). You can tell they aint eating it.

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#3031468 - 11/13/12 02:33 PM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: woodsman87]
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At my place the whites are gone and they are moving on to the reds. First doe in the food plot was harvested this morning. I took one saturday, in the woods, browsing on native vegatation and acorns.

I watched no less than 12 does yesterday after the rain broke hitting the dropping red oaks in the pasture across the street. No bucks, no chasing. I suspect the food plots will be more of a draw once all the acorns are gone.

This was the first hard killing freeze and I suspect the cold hearty plants in the plot will be more attractive now. I've got wheat, oats, turnip, radish, peas, and crimnson clover. But like you, deer usage slowed down the last couple of weeks and I attribute that to warm weather, lingering native vegatation, and acorns.

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#3031512 - 11/13/12 02:57 PM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: big jim]
Donk
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I guess time will tell,I think next year I am going to plant it in strips,instead of mixing it all together.I wonder if bushhogging the oats would help.

Edited by Donk (11/13/12 02:59 PM)

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#3031553 - 11/13/12 03:18 PM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: Donk]
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One other thing to remember Donk. Some bucks shift their range just before the rut. They move to a completely different location during the 4-6 weeks of breeding, and then return to their normal range post-rut. If your bucks are actually "missing" from the property, they may be rut range-shifters.
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#3033923 - 11/15/12 06:28 AM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: BSK]
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acorns
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#3034400 - 11/15/12 10:33 AM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
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 Originally Posted By: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER
acorns

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#3034547 - 11/15/12 11:44 AM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: bigtex]
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acorns are still like carpet in the woods. hoping soon they rot and the deer will come to the wheat and other plots we have
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#3034670 - 11/15/12 12:39 PM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: htnseymour]
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 Originally Posted By: htnseymour
acorns are still like carpet in the woods. hoping soon they rot and the deer will come to the wheat and other plots we have


If you have any red oak variety of acorns in there, don't count on it. They don't rot or go to root until spring.
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#3034685 - 11/15/12 12:53 PM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: BSK]
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Dang it BSK, you are ruining my hopes and dreams. Thanks for the info
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#3034723 - 11/15/12 01:19 PM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: htnseymour]
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Oats already showing seed heads?Ive never seen that anywhere near this early.Not says its not happening,you must have planted very early.Deer keep my plots mowed year round though.
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#3035137 - 11/15/12 05:46 PM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: Football Hunter]
Donk
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Sowed it down about the 3rd week of August.Started raining while I was sowing it.Jumped up and took off.
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#3035897 - 11/16/12 07:32 AM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: Donk]
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If you have several hunts on it starting with archery season, hunting pressure may be coming into play as well. It doesn't take much to cause a significant shift in travel patterns. And, just because you haven't had deer blowing the woods down doesn't mean you haven't been detected at a distance, and they are going around this spot or using it nocturnally.

But, my guess is acorns.
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#3037400 - 11/17/12 08:34 AM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: scn]
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They will hammer it when the acorns and browse are gone. Mine is still green and lush. I planted oats, winter peas and brassicas. Late season it was the place to be. I have a 1/4 acre plot and counted 30 deer in at one time. It's always late though.
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#3041039 - 11/19/12 07:36 PM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: Columbia Scott]
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same problem here
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#3043080 - 11/21/12 05:08 AM Re: Cant figure this out !!! [Re: tickweed]
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I have experienced that before too. Then one day after the other food sources are gone, the food plot is eaten down to bare earth.
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