For the past 10 years, my family's 870-acre ranch in central North Dakota has planted food plots for two species groups: waterfowl and upland game. Part of the reason is we lease the land out every fall for 5-day wing hunts. The other reason is there aren't too many people in the area managing for birds.
Now we're looking to add a third species to plant toward: whitetail deer. Believe it or not, there are actually tons of white-tailed deer on the prairie (and one moose no, really). The problem is they're never closer than a half-mile away and the wind never seems to dip below 25 mph. We've popped a couple, but I want to develop food plots to bring them in close enough for a bow hunt. A gun hunt isn't out of the question, but the season opens in early November and that's cutting it close to blizzard season. The ranch is remote and can get impassible.
So here's my question for you guys. What should I plant? Corn and sunflower have been the go-to for birds, but I'm not so sure they'll really bring in deer given the ag-heavy surroundings.
There's a satellite image of the property here
. We've got lots of potholes and one good-sized lake with hilly terrain in between.