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How many people plant kill plots near there stands for bow hunting? I have almost half an acre near one of my stands I'd like to do a kill plot at but I have no idea what to plant in it

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Noticed another post of yours that you were in Wisconsin or Indiana. Would probably go with some type of brassicas if you can get them in in time, seems deer really hit them there. Not had a lot of luck with them here though, deer just don't seem to prefer them here.

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The kill plot will be in Indiana when I go to Wisconsin it's to visit with my grandparents and get a early start on bow season they have a small 20 acre wooded area in the middle of their fields that I like to try to hunt once a year

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Like William, I've had very poor results with brassicas in the south. I also had poor results with bassicas in NE Missouri the 1 time we planted it too.

Can't say for sure what is best in Indiana but I guess it would be similar to our place in NE Missouri. Overall, for an annual fall planting in NE Missouri we had very good results planting Buck Forage Oats. Buck Forage Oats are supposed to be more tolerant of cold weather than regular oats but they are more expensive. Also, if you want something that's good toward the late season, add some purple top turnips (~ 2 to 3 lbs/ac. if planted with oats in the plot). Missouri deer tear turnips up during late season but prior to that, they don't hit them very much. Also in Missouri winter wheat gets hit mainly in the late season and after the season is over. Deer hardly touch winter wheat till then. We have 1 field we plant just in winter wheat for something to help sustain the deer during the winter. We don't even have a stand on that field since the deer won't hardly touch it until late in the season & after the season is over. With that said, we've been planting our 14 Missouri plots in a mixture of clovers by frost seeding them in Feb. & March. Obviously it's too late for that but something to consider next year. Clover plots have to be cut during the summer to cut back weeds so the clover will flourish. Deer will be on our clover plots long before the season opens and through the season too. If any of our clover plots look poor, we disk them up and plant them in Buck Forage Oats & turnips. We also add strips of turnips (~4 lbs/ac.) to our good clover plots too.

This is how different it is in Mississippi compared to Missouri. In MS we plant a mixture of wheat & oats on bigger plots and wheat on smaller plots. As soon it sprouts, deer are on it. Usually starts to sprout 4 to 5 days after a rain. We usually have a nice plot growing 2 weeks after a rain, provided we keep getting the proper amount of rain to sustain them.

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My favorite kill plot includes a blends of cereal grains (wheat and oats), winter peas and brassicas. My favorite is Dwarf Essex Rape. I have found the oats to be a great early draw as well as the winter peas. The oats will die with your first freeze and the peas won't last long but will get you through the early bow season. The wheat and brassicas will get through the rest of the season

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