They don't hit them that hard at all in my area.. As I have stated they walked right through them to get to the other side of the plot where I had wheat..I like strip plotting one field.....this way you have multiple forages in one field.....like a buffet if you will
strip of winter rye/oat/pea/clover mix
strip of brassicas
strip of clover
The brassicas can be very hit and miss. Some areas the deer love them and others the deer won't touch them. If you don't wan to to take the gamble add a couple #'s of radishes in with the rye mix above.
I personally am starting to go away from brassicas myself. The deer wipe out the strips so fast to where I always find myself over seeding rye in October anyways.......Next month I plant to take my largest field (3/4 acre) and plant a couple strips of my winter rye mix. The field is in clover now, so what I don't till up will stay in clover. This way the deer can go from strip to strip eating either clover, oats, winter rye or peas.
I also have a couple more small areas (1/8th-1/4 acre) that I will plant to the rye mix above. I have tried planting brassicas in these smaller fields and it's literally a waste of time and $......just as would be planting beans there. The rye mix can withstand heavy pressure.
The most affordable forages include cereal grains and brassicas. You find these for cheap and they don't take fertilizing like corn. You can also plant these in small plots unlike beans and corn.Whens the best time to plant winter time mixtures?
If you could only plant one type of forage, Darron, which would you choose?
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dang i thought i posted this in your...death to my plot...sorry original poster...I usually only hunt up there for gun season, but this year I think I am coming up there for a couple of days during the second week of rut with Buckstar and a couple of other guys. We will stop out if all goes though... I will let you no as it gets closer..
Thanks for the invite..