If you take a moment to stroll the aisles of any sporting goods store worth its saltlick, you’ll find numerous products that posture as the be-all and end-all in terms of attracting deer to your stand. Everything from molasses blocks to super chemically-induced powders that mix into the soil and claim to create serious antler growth as well. While there is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to attract big bucks to your stand, a tactic that is primarily used when hunting whitetails, there is also nothing wrong with using natural and organic methods to create a solid deer-friendly food plot. Here are three food-plot secrets that you can use to bring big bucks to the dinner table, in a natural way.
The word “daikon” literally means “big root.” These things can grow to the size of a bully-cut cigar. This is when deer like them the most. To optimize your food plot of daikon radish, trying mixing it with oats and barely wheat. This results in each of the plants becoming optimal for deer at different times of the season. They move from oats, to wheat and finally to radishes. The radishes will be best just around mid-fall. For an even better response, try top-dressing plots with canola. When canola grows tall, the deer will be all over it.
A woody plant from the dandelion family, chicory is a great natural food source when it comes to attracting deer. Chicory is also known as blue daisy, blue weed, blue sailors, coffeeweed, horseweed and succory. Chicory allows for a small plot to service more deer than pure clover does. Mixing both together will make your food plot that much more desirable to our four-legged friends. Try over-seeding this type of food plot with ryegrass, deer will be even more likely to hit it and stick around until you can hit them.
Also known as lolium, belonging to the bluegrass subfamily, ryegrass is an excellent choice when it comes to seeding a food plot in hopes of attracting deer. This is especially a strong decision if you are growing in an area with wet soil. Try planting some in September and top-dress your plot again just before the rut, using ammonium nitrate.