First time planting food plot and mineral licks

empa

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I'd like to here from hunter with experience in food plots. I've added pictures and plan to post the progress of our food plots as the season progresses.

My Aunt owns 50 acres in Northern Ohio. Approximately 30 acres are young woods and thicket and 20 are mature woods. My Uncle purchased the land 35 years ago for hunting. 35 years ago the 30 acres was pasture. We have a 3 acre field behind a pond and 500 yards from the nearest road. We plan to plant one acre of Heartland Hi Pro Summer Forage mixture clover, one acre of Sorghum (sp?) and one acre of Heartland Post Rut Buckbuilder mixture clover. We believe this will give us summer, fall and winter food. What do you think? The land is very moist most of the year. We plan to PH test the field before we plant and may add lime to the field. I picked Heartland clover because they located in Ohio and the cost is better than Imperial Clover. Do you think this is a bad choose?

I shot a 6 point with a bow and an 8 point with shotgun this past season here. I couldn't locate the 6 point after a all day search for it with six guys. It was a lung shot but it was my first bow deer and I made the rookie mistake of not waiting long enough before searching for it. I saw a total of six bucks while hunting last season.  1 fork, 2 - 6 points 2 - 8 points and 1 - 14 point and many doe.

Here's a mineral lick pile I put out 2 weeks before this picture was taken. I mixed it with shelled corn. Notice not a cernal is left.

http://www.theazone.net/Graphics/mineral_Lick1.jpg

Today I added more minerals and 50 lbs of shelled corn and 50 lbs of whole corn.

http://www.theazone.net/Graphics/east_view.jpg

Here the opposite view and the pond is located behind the trees.
We're going to build a three man stand to watch the deer and progress.

http://www.theazone.net/Graphics/west_view.jpg
 

sven

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Sounds like you're going about things right.  You should be fine with the clover.  Since it is sold locally, it should be the correct varieties for your climate.  Just so you know, the sorghum is an annual just like corn that you will have to plant every year.  Also, it can be left standing in the fall.  This gives the wildlife a food source if there is heavy snow.  

I do like the idea of the three different food plots.  It give the deer a variety all year long.  A lot of people get caught up with the idea that food plots are just to hunt over.  Glad to see you are thinking about the rest of the year too.

Make sure you do a full soil test.  They can tell you how much fertilizer you will need to add along with the lime.

By the way, welcome to the board.  You'll find a lot of good info here.
 

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