What can I plant to attract deer after the beginning of October?
QUESTION: Can you recommend something good to plant in my food plots at the beginning of October? I hunt in northern Illinois. - Bob M.
ANSWER: If your goal is short-term, as in this season, you're going to struggle with planting just about anything after September 15.
When planting as late as October 1, you could try winter wheat. If it's a mild fall, winter wheat might grow just enough to be attractive to deer a little later in the fall.
A better option when planting that late might be a perennial clover. You won't get much out of it this season, but it will be in the ground and ready to grow at first green-up next spring, giving your food plots a head start.
For the longer term, October and November might be good times to plant trees if you're considering a mast orchard.
Overall, your best option this late in the game is to plant your fanny in a treestand!