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Deer University

Deer University is an educational podcast focusing on the science of deer - all topics center around deer ecology, biology, and management.

This podcast is part of the Natural Resources University podcast network.

Feb 9, 2021

We get asked all the time “what’s the best food plot forage to plant for deer?”  Well, as hunters and managers, we were interested in that question too. Bronson, Steve, and Marcus discuss a food plot forage selection project conducted by former graduate student, Jacob Dykes. Cereal grains, clovers, and brassicas all have different growth rates and maturation dates, making their quality and nutrient profile change over the hunting season. What’s more, the availability of certain nutrients in the naturally occurring plants affect which food plot forages deer may favor, or avoid, and this depends on the time of year, and from place to place. So, what may be the most selected forage on your property, may be different a on property a few miles away. Just like there's no magic bullet, there's no magic food plot forage either.

And, check out this short video about the research: