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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.
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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. I知 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. I知 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. I知 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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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #15 on: January 18, 2018, 11:19:54 AM »
Explore mallardmasher's idea, a soil analysis might give good info on how to fertilize.  I am not up to speed on wetside soil fertility but I would bet that nitrogen (urea) and calcium (lime or gypsum) would be high on the list.  With your browse situation fertilizer is a better bet than small planted plots.  On the micro side, you have more selenium than the dry side but still low.  It and others should be part of your mix.

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #16 on: January 18, 2018, 12:26:43 PM »
I've used Evolved Habitats Brown Stump Licker. BT wouldn't touch it but the elk took an old rotten  stump 4' in the air and 3' in Diameter to the ground in one year.

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2018, 12:31:17 PM »
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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. I知 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.

Depending on the apple variety, they might not utilize it starting even earlier.

Plums are also good to plant as they will get the deer into an area before the earliest of apples, and if you like crow hunting... bingo.   ;)

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #18 on: January 18, 2018, 01:07:31 PM »
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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. I知 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.

Depending on the apple variety, they might not utilize it starting even earlier.

Plums are also good to plant as they will get the deer into an area before the earliest of apples, and if you like crow hunting... bingo.   ;)

Ah yes plums! I have 4 trees on my property and they did not produce fruit this last year for some reason. Year before had a bumper crop and the deer were at my place early and often.

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #19 on: January 18, 2018, 01:41:30 PM »
If I was planting plums specifically for deer attractant, I would plant the small cherry plum type as they produce more of them and it takes the deer longer to eat all of them. 

I've thought about trying to get some native oaks going as well for after the apples are eaten up.  We save a lot of the apples in a second fridge so we can toss them out under the trees to keep them coming and looking regularly.

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #20 on: January 18, 2018, 01:48:57 PM »
Italian plums, deer love them things, even green.  :tup:
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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2018, 02:01:40 PM »
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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. I知 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.

Depending on the apple variety, they might not utilize it starting even earlier.

Plums are also good to plant as they will get the deer into an area before the earliest of apples, and if you like crow hunting... bingo.   ;)

Ah yes plums! I have 4 trees on my property and they did not produce fruit this last year for some reason. Year before had a bumper crop and the deer were at my place early and often.

Interestingly enough, my plum trees had very few last year but a bumper crop the year before as well.

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2018, 02:02:16 PM »
Italian plums, deer love them things, even green.  :tup:

This is what I would plant if I wanted wine or jelly and not just deer food.   :chuckle:

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2018, 02:09:27 PM »
If I was planting plums specifically for deer attractant, I would plant the small cherry plum type as they produce more of them and it takes the deer longer to eat all of them. 

I've thought about trying to get some native oaks going as well for after the apples are eaten up.  We save a lot of the apples in a second fridge so we can toss them out under the trees to keep them coming and looking regularly.
The cherry plums drop fruit so early, though.  I guess some of them can hold off through part of early archery, but seems like they are pretty much done by September.  But the deer do love them.

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Re: Blacktail food plot
« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2018, 07:04:29 PM »
Like I mentioned earlier, we fertizile our natural browse, it bring the nutritional value of all natural browse up. The same things they eat on a daily basis, but they no the difference of the fertilized and non fertilized browse, as they eat it to the ground, and then we supplement with a higher protein regime this time of year. All geared toward a healthier herd, stronger fawns, and horn growth.
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