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Late Season Food Plot Planting

Back To "Ask The Biologist?"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.

Late Season Food Plot PlantingANSWER: 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!

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