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post #16 of 19 Old 01-08-2014, 08:23 PM
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I haven't every tried to grow food for the deer but lawdy, we seem to do it accidentally. We are in eastern Virginia (zip is 22438) and we grow corn and soybeans in the summer, winter wheat and barley in the winter, with lots of white oaks and willow oaks (acorn producers) as the hedgerows. We had a deer hunt a few years ago and 36 guys killed 70 deer on a drive. Whatever we are doing is creating a deer paradise. They sure as heck eat the beans and corn but the damage we suffer to the wheat and barley isn't as great. Something eats up the acorns in a hurry but I don't know if it's just the squirrels and turkeys. Our only wildlife food plots have lespedeza and partridge pea for quail, and the deer population boom predates those plots.

When I say "corn" I mean feed corn, the big yellow hard oil corn, not the stuff for grocery stores.

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post #17 of 19 Old 01-09-2014, 07:58 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies.

With the recent snow finding tracks has been easy. The deer are coming in from where people are living not from the woods like I expected. People in my areas have ponds. When the state came through years ago to build the road they would dig land owners pounds so they could have dirt for the road. After talking to a few neighbors many do through out corn, have gardens and feed plots and actively feed the deer. The deer in my area seem to have become lazy and going for the easy meal.

My thoughts were they would come out of the less populated wooded areas but that doesn't seem to be the case.

So the plan is to have better and more year round offerings so they frequent my area more often.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

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post #18 of 19 Old 01-11-2014, 06:04 PM
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I would plant bell peppers and tomatoes. You could also consider a few vines of grapes and one or two Apple trees.

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post #19 of 19 Old 01-11-2014, 06:06 PM
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Also, I'll have to find a good link for you, but there is a guy in Washingtonian DC with 2 acres and he plants year wide. Granted tbey have a more mild winter than you most likely, but it should be good to get some ideas from.

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