What type of equipment do you have - chainsaw, weedeater, hand tools, ATV, backpack sprayer?
Try to find some natural clearings in the hardwoods - those will be easiest to convert over and may only require a good spraying with Roundup and then some handwork with a rake to create a decent sized plot.
Plan your plot to be around 30 yards by 30 yards or a little larger, that way no matter where you set up your stand you'll be able to shoot it from edge to edge if you're bow hunting. Plus anything smaller may not last into your season.
We like to put our hunting plots near the tops or on the tops of our ridge line, from a moisture perspective this isn't ideal, but it seems to be where our deer like to travel and we usually get enough rain as to not have a problem with drought.
No matter what you plant, put clover in the mix. This will give your plot some perennial plants and make the follow-up years a little less work.
As for mineral licks, get one started using a salt block. Once deer are hitting the lick, add red mineral salts to it, or just get a 50# block of mineral salt and put it into a depression you dig out near where deer travel. That's about as simple as you can get.
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