What’s the Best Food Plot for Deer & Turkeys?

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by Daniel E. Schmidt, D&DH Editor

Longtime D&DH reader George Hoffman asked an excellent question about food
plots yesterday: “I hunt my cousin’s farm in Orwell, N.Y, and want to know what is
the best combination food plot for deer and turkeys. Also, when is the best time to
plant?”

I’m certain many avid sportsmen have been wondering the same thing, so I forwarded
George’s query to our resident expert, Contributing Editor Charles Alsheimer. Charlie
has been planting food plots for more than 20 years. His response:

“This question depends on the type of soil George has. If he has a soil pH over 6.0
it is tough to beat a clover like Imperial Whitetail for warm season…May through
late October. For late season hunting purposes and winter food I would recommend a
cold-season forage like Purple Top Turnips (or Imperial’s Tall Tine Tubers) because
deer will feed on it throughout the winter if the snow depth is not an issue. Purple
top turnips is an annual so it will have to be planted every year. Note that turnips
are a crop that must be rotated, otherwise the tonnage will not be possible. So, don’t
plant it in the same plot more than two years in a row.”

What are your thoughts? What food plots have you planted in your areas that have been
good options for feeding both deer and turkeys? Please add your comments to the bottom
of this post.

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