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#3083085 - 12/17/12 08:22 AM Which food plot seeds?
GOTTA B REALTREE
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Gonna be planting a food plot or two on my Dad's new property in the spring. My question is.... What is the best food plot seed that grows good in Tennessee and known for producing bigger antler size? I am looking at planting two 1 acre plots. I like what I have read about Tecomate Alfa feast and monster mix. Any ideas?
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#3083140 - 12/17/12 08:55 AM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: GOTTA B REALTREE]
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I wouldn't expect 2 acres of anything to have much of an influence on the antler size of your local deer herd. If your plots are prepared before spring you might want to put some clover into them. Other than that look around the surrounding area and see what it is lacking and go from there.
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#3083418 - 12/17/12 12:18 PM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: Bayou Buck]
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 Originally Posted By: Bayou Buck
I wouldn't expect 2 acres of anything to have much of an influence on the antler size of your local deer herd. If your plots are prepared before spring you might want to put some clover into them. Other than that look around the surrounding area and see what it is lacking and go from there.


x2 unless you have hundreds of acres at your disposal then I don't think you have the means to see an increase on antler size

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#3083449 - 12/17/12 12:34 PM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: tn droptine]
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Still, 2 acres will feed a lot of deer. If you have a very high deer density that is eating up 2 acres of food plots I'd go with Pennington Spring/Summer deer mix. If you can't find that the Whitetail Institute sells the same mix as "Alfa Rack" but it cost's about 40% more. This stuff produces a green jungle about 6 feet tall that deer will use more because they feel secure standing in it.

Be aware though that it is an annual and will die with the 1st frost.

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#3083454 - 12/17/12 12:36 PM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: Hunter 257W]
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One of my plots of Spring/Summer deer mix this year had unbelievably heavy use this last Summer. It was a maze of deer trails but they were just barely starting to eat it down in a few spots. I can't imagine having enough deer to eat that stuff. I had 3 acres.
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#3085257 - 12/18/12 01:20 PM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: tn droptine]
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 Originally Posted By: tn droptine
 Originally Posted By: Bayou Buck
I wouldn't expect 2 acres of anything to have much of an influence on the antler size of your local deer herd. If your plots are prepared before spring you might want to put some clover into them. Other than that look around the surrounding area and see what it is lacking and go from there.


x2 unless you have hundreds of acres at your disposal then I don't think you have the means to see an increase on antler size
I agree,wont hurt,but dont expect bigger horns
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#3087175 - 12/19/12 03:38 PM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: GOTTA B REALTREE]
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Doesn't make since to me why you all say don't expect bigger horns. If these deer get the right food, their horns will grow more and quicker. As of now, the field that is getting a makeover is a 2 year old corn field. These deer will go from getting no use out of the field to plenty of use. With the right ingredients and planting before these deer start growing their horns next spring, this should help with overall horn development. I know it may not make a huge change the first year. But, having a food plot year round with plenty of minerals and licks out in the woods, this should be a recipe for good success.
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#3088048 - 12/20/12 07:07 AM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: GOTTA B REALTREE]
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Because you are thinking on a small scale enviroment,just like I used to.What can I do to help the deer on my land?Deer dont know where your land begins and ends,and dont just stay on your land,plus bucks dont always stay in the summer where they will be in the hunting season.So,whatever you make avaiable to the deer may or may not be feeding any of the bucks that you might see during hunting season.Its called range shifting,you can dig up many topics from the past from this forum.

Also the other day while in a stand,I got to thinking of the vastness of the enviroment around me.I have 5 acres or so of food plots on my 68 acres,the lease I join that borders me is 700 acres of ridge a hollow hardwoods,plus from some winter time 4 wheeler riding,and getting lost the first year on the lease,there are thousands of acres of "empty" harwoods.So how much will 5 acres help that?

Some,but not enough to make huge improvements.I would never discourage you,and dont think others on here would either,just look at that total enviroment around you,Google Earth helps.

Here is an example,the other day I was hunting on the leaese,about as far as I could be from one of my plots,1000 yards would be a guess,watched a small 8 pt nibbling on buds,and leaves,wondering,"Why arent you eating in my food plots?"

They spend far more time eating native browse then you think they would,and making that available is probably more important than any food plot.You can look up how to do that on this site too,but mostly its about a chain saw,GOOD LUCK!
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#3088149 - 12/20/12 08:31 AM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: Football Hunter]
GOTTA B REALTREE
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Thanks for the input. Any advice on a food plot recipe? Sounds like just some clover to keep them somewhat interested is the best way to go?
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#3088202 - 12/20/12 08:56 AM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: Hunter 257W]
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 Originally Posted By: Hunter 257W
Still, 2 acres will feed a lot of deer. If you have a very high deer density that is eating up 2 acres of food plots I'd go with Pennington Spring/Summer deer mix. If you can't find that the Whitetail Institute sells the same mix as "Alfa Rack" but it cost's about 40% more. This stuff produces a green jungle about 6 feet tall that deer will use more because they feel secure standing in it.

Be aware though that it is an annual and will die with the 1st frost.


Sorry, I quoted the wrong Whitetail Institute product here. I should have said that "Power Plant" is the same as Pennington Seeds "Spring/Summer Deer Mix". I highly recommend either if you want an annual planting. It is especially great for a location that may be lacking in cover as it is tall enough(6ft) to provide it's own cover.

I had 6 long strips of it last year in an overgrown 20 acre field and the deer loved that spot.

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#3088240 - 12/20/12 09:16 AM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: GOTTA B REALTREE]
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 Originally Posted By: GOTTA B REALTREE
Doesn't make since to me why you all say don't expect bigger horns. If these deer get the right food, their horns will grow more and quicker. As of now, the field that is getting a makeover is a 2 year old corn field. These deer will go from getting no use out of the field to plenty of use. With the right ingredients and planting before these deer start growing their horns next spring, this should help with overall horn development. I know it may not make a huge change the first year. But, having a food plot year round with plenty of minerals and licks out in the woods, this should be a recipe for good success.


How many acres do you have? Ideally you would want at least 5% of your property in plots/fields. So if you have 40 acres of land, a 2 acre plot would be nice. Now talk your neighbors into putting at least 5% of their land into high quality food sources/plots for a couple square miles around you and then you may see an increase in antler size. That depends on whether they were lacking nutritional requirements to begin with.

The best thing you can do is improve your property to draw in the deer from the surrounding area by giving them what surrounding properties are lacking. By doing this you may see bigger bucks because they will be more inclined to use your property than the neighbors.

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#3089034 - 12/20/12 05:58 PM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: Bayou Buck]
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14 acres surrounded by 150 acres of TVA
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#3089094 - 12/20/12 06:32 PM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: GOTTA B REALTREE]
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 Originally Posted By: GOTTA B REALTREE
Thanks for the input. Any advice on a food plot recipe? Sounds like just some clover to keep them somewhat interested is the best way to go?
I stick with clover,easy to maintain,there all the time,and they eat it all year.
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#3089314 - 12/20/12 08:58 PM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: Football Hunter]
GOTTA B REALTREE
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Did some researching. Think I will go half durana clover and half patriot clover. Or...... Half durana half crimson
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#3089607 - 12/21/12 06:25 AM Re: Which food plot seeds? [Re: GOTTA B REALTREE]
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Any of that will work,there are no majic food plot seeds,no matter what the seed dealers tell ya
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