The order and timing of forage preferences

SD51555

5 year old buck +
Im considering cutting down the oaks in my food plots. I’m supposed to be stockpiling clover, cereals, and chicory right now, and the bears are doing some trampling.

I’m not going to do it just yet, but the idea popped into my mind.


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Foggy47

5 year old buck +
Im considering cutting down the oaks in my food plots. I’m supposed to be stockpiling clover, cereals, and chicory right now, and the bears are doing some trampling.

I’m not going to do it just yet, but the idea popped into my mind.


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Dont make me have to slap some sense into you! Work around those oaks and leave them be. I work hard now to keep some of each of the legumes / grains / and brassica available as long as I can into fall. The oaks provide some vertical cover for a better sense of well being for the deer.....IMO. Not to mention acorns and a licking / rubbing tree. IMG_0649.JPGIMG_0650.JPGwater hole.jpeg
 

SD51555

5 year old buck +
Dont make me have to slap some sense into you! Work around those oaks and leave them be. I work hard now to keep some of each of the legumes / grains / and brassica available as long as I can into fall. The oaks provide some vertical cover for a better sense of well being for the deer.....IMO. Not to mention acorns and a licking / rubbing tree.
Let's start a new thread...
 

wklman

5 year old buck +
Im considering cutting down the oaks in my food plots. I’m supposed to be stockpiling clover, cereals, and chicory right now, and the bears are doing some trampling.

I’m not going to do it just yet, but the idea popped into my mind.


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Let the thought go.

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TenPoint

5 year old buck +
Im considering cutting down the oaks in my food plots. I’m supposed to be stockpiling clover, cereals, and chicory right now, and the bears are doing some trampling.

I’m not going to do it just yet, but the idea popped into my mind.


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SD51555

5 year old buck +
Jump into the oaks thread. I'm not the only one thinking this.

 

sandbur

5 year old buck +
Im considering cutting down the oaks in my food plots. I’m supposed to be stockpiling clover, cereals, and chicory right now, and the bears are doing some trampling.

I’m not going to do it just yet, but the idea popped into my mind.


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Oaks that are in the open develop a better crown with time and they should then have better acorn crops.

As to your original question, take a look at wild forages. For get me not, frozen daisy fleabane.

Alfalfa can stay green into winter if it gets an early, heavy snowfall. It also works for clover. I think a young planting of either also helps.


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Native Hunter

5 year old buck +
This is my place. I did this quickly and may come back and edit it when I get more time.

January, February:
* Greenbrier
* Japanese Honeysuckle
* Various shrubs (Arrowwood, ROD, other dogwoods, strawberry bush, hazelnut, etc.)
* Late dropping persimmons and other fruit
* Other Preferred browse other than shrubs (especially in the NH Jungle planting)
* Green Forb Rosettes in native grass fields
* Tender grasses coming up in the shooting lanes I mowed in September
* Basal leaves of goldenrod and some other dormant forbs
* Left over food plot items from fall planting

March, April, May:
* Dozens of different Forbs in native grass fields and fence rows
* Shrubs and other browse - but starting to taper off
* Tender young grasses (both cool season and warm season) (10%)
* Wheat heads in food plots
* Other food plot species from fall planting

June, July, August, September:
* Soybean fields from germination until harvest
* Cornfields starting in mid September and continuing until harvest
* Scavenging of beans and corn left on ground after harvest (at night)
* Various forbs in native grass fields
* Early to mid season apples and pears and other planted fruits
* Early Persimmons
* Early chestnuts beginning in September
* Early native acorns in late September
* Various Wild fruits like black cherry, etc.
* Hazelnuts and other nuts
* Food plot species from last fall planting

October, November, December:
* October Chestnuts
* Sawtooth acorns
* My food plots
* Persimmons (and a dang bunch of them)
* Native Acorns
* Late apples and pears
* Green Forb Rosettes in native grass fields
* Preferred browse of all kinds
* Hazelnuts and other nuts
* Tender grasses coming up in the shooting lanes I mowed in September
* Japanese honeysuckle starting in late November
* Greenbrier starting in late November
 
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