Best late season food plots
The best late season food plots in the Midwest are going to depend upon the acreage you have to plant. While corn and soybeans are awesome, the best late season food plots for deer in smaller acreage plots belong to the brassicas family.
Quite simply put, Minnesota has some of the hardest winter conditions in the U.S. As humans, we spend most of the time avoiding the freezing cold temperatures and blustery snow inside, meanwhile, deer are forced to survive the brutal elements. Aside from the warming sun rays and their thick coats, deer rely on their diet to survive winter. When food options are available, deer will seek out the forage with the highest amounts of energy storage, which is why you see deer flooding into corn and soybean fields.
| Brassicas can be planted on small plots and turn sweeter as the
weather gets colder making them the best late season food plots
Corn and beans may not be the best late season food plots
Corn and soybeans are an excellent planting option if you have the acreage to do so, but brassicas—such as those found in Big-N-Beasty—may be the smarter option, and the best late season food plots. If you have watched the most recent Main Show episode, you can clearly see how the Big-N-Beasty matches up against the standing corn. All the deer were chomping away on the bulbs and greenery offered by the brassica mix despite having a large field of standing corn adjacent to it. Let the deer decide and I will tell you the brassica time and again are the best late season food plots.
Brassicas- the best late season food plots
So why is a plot of brassicas the best late season food plots? The answer revolves around the notion that they offer more food. By offering more forage per square foot, they are able to withstand higher deer numbers even in a smaller plot. Brassicas also become more attractive during certain times of the year. Hunting earlier this fall, I noticed a lot of deer eating the leafy greens and now, after several days below freezing, they are back in these plots eating the greens and pawing up the carbo-loaded bulbs which have sweetened from the freezing temps.There is no question that corn and beans play a huge role in a deer’s diet, but the size of your plot may mean they are not the best late season food plots. The biggest nock against corn and beans is the acreage limitation. In order to have food remaining into the late season, a corn or bean plot should be at least 2 acres in size. These two acres are more than most land managers have to allocate for a single food plot, making Big-N-Beasty a smarter and more feasible option for the entire season. There is no better time than now to be hunting over a brassica plot. Late season conditions will have the deer searching for energy packed foods, which means you should be hunting the best late season food plots right now.