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Blacktail food plot
« on: January 17, 2018, 12:27:44 PM »
Just wondering if anyone has had success with planting food plots for blacktail, if so what was the best crop? I was thinking about clover & oats.

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2018, 12:42:52 PM »
I would say they are pretty hit n miss.
The issue is that they are living in a rain forest with an abundance of food to choose from.
Typical whitetail plots tend to be less productive in blacktail country.
I don't want to discourage you from trying it out, but I would suggest starting small and to avoid the temptation to go check it too often.
Also, use the search function to look for some more threads regarding this question. I seem to remember reading a few that had some useful tips.
Best of luck.
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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2018, 12:48:46 PM »
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Just wondering if anyone has had success with planting food plots for blacktail, if so what was the best crop? I was thinking about clover & oats.

Clover and oats work fairly well.  As was mentioned there is a ton of browse out there so, getting them to hit a food plot consistently is tougher.   If you have room to plant 4 or 5 apple trees, it helps a bunch.  Don't be discouraged if your foodplot brings in does and fawns.  During the rut bucks will be there following does around.

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2018, 01:59:39 PM »
A food play for BT depends on why you want it.  To grow good deer? High protein stuff like clover will be ate up in the spring and grow health does and probably Bucks.

If it's to hunt over? Apple trees, wild rose, and blackberries. Even then they would need a small opening otherwise they would only be visited by bucks at night.

 

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2018, 02:05:52 PM »
A food play for BT depends on why you want it.  To grow good deer? High protein stuff like clover will be ate up in the spring and grow health does and probably Bucks.

If it's to hunt over? Apple trees, wild rose, and blackberries. Even then they would need a small opening otherwise they would only be visited by bucks at night.

 

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I would disagree on the wild rose. Even here, where the deer eat anything moderately edible, they do not eat the wild roses. 


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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2018, 02:29:16 PM »
I've seen them eat the rose hips around here late october/November.

I personally have tried a few things that didn't work so I'm not a huge fan of small food plots.

Read Boyd Iversons "Blactail Trophy tactic 2"  and scouting is a better investment in time IMO

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2018, 05:42:04 PM »
Plant something you don't want them to eat - like raspberries, ornamental trees, strawberries or rose bushes - they'll be all over it.  :chuckle:

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2018, 05:51:11 PM »
Plant something you don't want them to eat - like raspberries, ornamental trees, strawberries or rose bushes - they'll be all over it.  :chuckle:

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2018, 06:22:23 PM »
Just fertilize a spot in your wood lot, and watch how they attack the natural browse
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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #9 on: January 17, 2018, 09:27:59 PM »
Plant something you don't want them to eat - like raspberries, ornamental trees, strawberries or rose bushes - they'll be all over it.  :chuckle:
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Seriously... this WILL work! Ever seen what a couple does can do to a big row of strawberry plants in the summer... think lawnmower but with almost nothing left behind lol!

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #10 on: January 17, 2018, 10:47:25 PM »
Plant something you don't want them to eat - like raspberries, ornamental trees, strawberries or rose bushes - they'll be all over it.  :chuckle:

now heres a man who knows deer !   :chuckle:

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2018, 10:07:06 AM »
Apple trees.

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2018, 10:15:15 AM »
Not to thread jack but I have the Apple trees already and deer are at my place about 6 months out of the year. Iím trying to keep them around year round so was thinking about starting a mineral lick. Wondering if anyone has used deer Cain and had good results for blacktail?

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2018, 10:50:44 AM »
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Not to thread jack but I have the Apple trees already and deer are at my place about 6 months out of the year. Iím trying to keep them around year round so was thinking about starting a mineral lick. Wondering if anyone has used deer Cain and had good results for blacktail?

 
Just out of curiosity what 6 months are they not there?   

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2018, 10:55:39 AM »
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Not to thread jack but I have the Apple trees already and deer are at my place about 6 months out of the year. Iím trying to keep them around year round so was thinking about starting a mineral lick. Wondering if anyone has used deer Cain and had good results for blacktail?

 
Just out of curiosity what 6 months are they not there?

December until about June. One still passes through every now and then but not very frequently.

 

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