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  1. I only have about 3 acres to work with in urban Kansas. Any advice on what I can do to attract deer and keep them in the area.

    • Absolutely Ryan, I would recommend two things…create a small food plot that offers perennials (like Game Changer Clover or Trophy Clover) and annuals (like Honey Hole, Slam Dunk or Lights Out). If it’s a 1/2 acre plot…plant the outside edge in your perennial and the inner most portion in the annual. This will provide food for a year round basis…and food drive’s the whitetail. Then create a mineral site next to the food plot with Apple Burst Mineral and Trophy Deer Mineral..provide mineral from March-September. Once you hit mid September transition that mineral site into an Attractant site with Apple Burst or End Game Attractant. This total management plant will maximize food on your 3 acre spot and keep deer coming back all year long. Urban hunting can be some of the best hunting in the US! Good luck, let us know how we can help.

  2. I have a small plot to hunt 8 1/2 acres. 3 acres we keep cut for our lawn with a pond on it. My neighbor has 33 acres behind me and we are on a dead end location. My neighbor has a variety of plots on his property including corn, soy beans, grasses and such. I am looking to plant something different so the deer will frequent my property as well. My property is heavily thick cover and I have a small plot with 2 different cleared areas for the deer to travel as well as to allow us to bush hog the trails as necessary. I would like to know what to plant in the spring, summer or fall to make my plot as productive as possible as well as providing ultimate nutrition for the deer population. What do you suggest for me to plant? It is not 27-Jul-2016 so I’m looking for the remainder of the year but for next year as well.
    Thanks,
    Larry

    • Hi Larry,
      Thanks for reaching out. I would try to establish a couple varieties of plots to ensure you can offer year round food for your deer to consume, giving them reason to stay on your property. Since you have two cleared areas and a trail system I will recommend planting one of the cleared areas AND your trail system in GAME CHANGER CLOVER mix. It is a 3-5 year perennial clover mix that will provide important protein and food on a year round basis and last for up to 5 years. In the other plot I would plant HONEY HOLE…this is an annual plot and next Summer can be rotated out into SLAM DUNK…but Honey Hole will provide important protein sources as it is growing and important energy sources all Fall and Winter for nutrition and attraction. By planting your trails in GAME CHANGER as well you are maximizing the available food on your property! Let us know if you have any questions and good luck.
      Thanks,
      Mike

  3. GREAT ARTICLE AND SO MUCH INFO. I, FROM NORTHERN MICHIGAN AND HUNT 17 ACRES WITH A 1/2 ACRE FOOD PLOT. I ASLO HAVE A MINERAL LICK FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS. I JUST ORDERED YOUR TROPHY CLOVER, JOLT AND MAX LIQUIDS ASWELL. HOPE THEY WORK WELL.

    • David, you really have a variety of options. Two of my favorite seeds to plant in Spring are Trophy Clover Mix and Red Zone. TCM is a mixture of long lasting perennials w/ clover and chicory that will feed high protein forage and draw deer in all year long..it can last up to 6 years. RZ is a high protein forage producing annual that I absolutely love…it has 2 types of beans 2 types of peas buckwheat and sunflower…it’s a power packed mix that will feed deer all year long. When it comes to “Hunt Over” plots that will be planted late summer my two favorites are Slam Dunk (Radish, Trophy Rape, Peas and Buckwheat) and Lights Out (Forage Oats, Turnips, Rape).

  4. I have 22 acres in west Texas hot summers and cool winters. I am looking on planting. I am interested to know what the best type of plot would be to plant in this area. Also to date I have no water or irrigation to offer. But rain is moderate too good?

    • I would say our Lights Out mix would be a great mix for your situation, the biggest issue would be not enough moisture but this is a real hardy mix,

  5. Hi I have 17 acres with alot of oaks and pines I’m in east Alabama but my property hardly gets alot of sun light what would be good to plant that doesn’t require alot of sunlight

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