I have hunted a specific piece of ground for the past 7 years or so. It is a creek bottom that has timothy grass (which the deer have never touched) planted for horses and wooded ridges on the side. The sides are really good for deer. It is only a 20 acre parcel, but we get multiple deer at this location every year.
I recently read the article in D&DH regarding overhead food plots, and it really perked my interest. Placed a call today to http://www.wildlifegroup.com/
Shipping ($25-$30) will be mid-March. I live in south-central Illinois, so I am hoping this will not be too much of a problem. The lady I talked to at The Wildlife Group was very helpful and informed making my job of being completely clueless about planting trees a little less daunting.
I hope to make it out Sunday (suppose to be close to 50 degrees this Sunday) and start clearing an area on top of a hill. Apparently fruit trees need lots of sunshine. I will take pictures of my progress to help in explaining what I am doing.
Supposedly, pears are a great tree to plant for deer. Fruit producing can occur quickly (5 years!) and with the different varieties fruit will drop from July to January. That would be nice. I figure in 10 years this will be a deer hotspot.
My goal is to plant trees every year to replace some junk trees and increase habitat potential. I wanted the deer Chestnut package but it was sold out. I also hope to get some sawtooth oaks to try out on the hills and nutall oaks in the bottoms.
I sure have learned a lot about trees and mast in the last month or so! Thanks D&DH for printing that article!