Fatten the deer up

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by jason7655, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. jason7655

    jason7655 Well-Known Member

    I posted a portion of this question in another thread but I want to bring it under one thread and add to it.

    We hunt on a combination of private and leased land. Due to stand placement I'm stuck with my stand on part of the lease. The problem you run into is that you are never sure how safe your equipment is. My camera made it all the way through gun season without being swiped so that's good.

    I just got a 40 gal feeder and I'm interested in running it close to year round and/or the possiblities of planting something. I want to provide nutrition that keeps new deer coming in and makes the current deer bigger and better.

    My stand is in a wooded area so whatever I plant would have to be able to make it without a ton of sunlight. The area I have to plant a small plot might be 50x50 (feet). I understand that since it's a lease I may not be able to do a whole lot on it and I'm checking on that. I thought about some rye grass, clover, turnips or something. I'm not sure about what I could plant in the next few months that would help.

    I'm also going to dig holes around the drip line of the big oak and put fertilizer to help the acorn crop.

    If anyone has tips on any of those things please feel free to share.
  2. Midnight Rider

    Midnight Rider Well-Known Member

    save your money on the food plot. Fertilize the natural browse in your area. Look for patches of blackberry, smilax, huckleberry, and other native browse. I believe you will get more bang for your buck.

  3. Mule man

    Mule man Well-Known Member

    I'm with Midnight. I don't think a 50x50 plot would be worth the effort. Feeders would help you more. JMO
  4. octoberbuck

    octoberbuck Well-Known Member


    Totally agree. Try some caged honeysuckle. Framed fence wire bent at 90 angle and placed with the tip up. Use wire that is hard for a a rabbit to get in and stake down. As the honeysuckle grows through the wire the deer can graze and the cage prevents over grazing. Fertilize etc. Strips as long as you want and you do not have to replant.
  5. jason7655

    jason7655 Well-Known Member

    ok...I'm liking this honeysuckle idea.

    Does anyone have links to pictures or instructions on building a cheap A frame or something that covers it?
  6. jason7655

    jason7655 Well-Known Member

  7. jason7655

    jason7655 Well-Known Member

    now I can't find anyone in Little Rock that has Japanese Honeysuckle...maybe it's too late this year.