In my part of NW Missouri, small plots are usually pretty much eaten down to nothing shortly after the first snow falls. 1/4 acre or less doesn't give deer much to eat once it's been the only thing green in the area for a few weeks. But by then I'm usually tagged out, and just sitting treestands for fun and pictures, because those same small plots will attract deer and work especially well as staging areas before they move out into the crop fields or head out on the nightly rounds.
I'd still go ahead and put the plots in - even if the deer hit them hard and don't leave much once things get cold, if you plant perrenials they should be back next year. You might have to do some overseeding, but plot maintanence, at least to me is all part of the fun.
“There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other that heat comes from the furnace.”