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Do you know best food plots for deer in North Dakota?

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“North Dakota is one giant food plot. The deer have everything they want and need!” The answer is,“That's exactly why I plant food plots.” A lot of the area that I hunt is surrounded by peas, beans, sunflowers and corn. These are all wonderful food sources that deer love.

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In our experience, using food plots correctly can be very rewarding when hunting whitetails. That’s the reason hunters look for the best deer food plot mixes available on the market every year. By the way, a nice benefit of luring deer with food plots is that you can get a glimpse into the animals’ lives. There are many factors to consider when setting up a food plot for deer. It’s not rocket science, but you have to know what you’re doing.

Preparing a deer food plot for the season takes time and money during the off-season to establish the best possible deer food plot for maximum effect. Therefore, you want the right mix for the right conditions because mistakes can be costly. You want to attract and retain animals and provide a large amount of food for the hunting season.

In this buying guide, we look at the best food plot mixes for deer. We have tried many annual and perennial food plot mixes and seeds for deer and selected the best ones for this buying guide so you are well informed about what the best deer food plot mixes are in 2022.

Best for Beginners – Hit List Seed Brassica Blend (Annual)

Provides deer with lots of protein during spring/summer – Whitetail Institute PowerPlant (Annual)

Stays green and palatable all Winter long – Antler King Fall/Winter/Spring (Annual)

Works very well in areas where the soil is not well developed – Whitetail Institute No-Plow – (Annual)

Most Nutritious – Whitetail Institute Imperial Clover (Perineal)

High-quality clover/chicory mix – Whitetail Institute Fusion – (Perineal)

Best Perennial Clover Blend – Outsidepride Clover King (Perineal)

Best drought-resistant – Whitetail Institute Chic Magnet (Perineal)

This Brassica blend from Hit List was developed to produce the maximum amount of forage and it is desirable for deer throughout the hunting season. The blend consists of Purple Top Turnips, Daikon Radish, and Forage Rape that can provide up to three tons of forage per acre.

We had fantastic results with this blend. It establishes and produces high protein forage. The leafy forage provided by the Forage Rape is particularly attractive in the early season and the bulbs from the turnips and radishes are great for late-season hunting.

After the first frost, when the forage becomes sweet, the food plot will become very favorable. Deer love it and will certainly be attracted to it. You will find that the deer will start eating this mix very quickly. In our opinion, this mix is the best deer food plot mix for beginners. That is because it can grow with minimal seedbed preparation and minimal equipment.

Imperial Whitetail PowerPlant is a blend of specially selected annuals that are specifically designed for areas hard to access with farming equipment to provide deer with lots of protein during the spring and summer.

In our experience, this blend can withstand grazing way better than other bean and pea plantings. Once it establishes, it can even continue to grow as deer feed on it. The vining forage soybean and peas that don’t get stemmy as agricultural soybeans can.

At the heart of this blend are the vining forage soybean and peas that don’t get stem like agricultural soybeans can. PowerPlant also includes sun hemp and small amounts of sunflowers to act as a lattice for the vining legumes to climb and maximize production instead of growing along the ground.

It also includes Sunn Hemp and small amounts of sunflowers to act as a lattice for the vining legumes to climb and maximize production instead of growing along the ground. It is one of the best deer food plot mixes you can get your hands on in 2022.

Tip: Do not plant PowerPlant until soil temperatures reach a constant 65° F. Wait as long as necessary for soil temperatures to reach a constant 65° F before planting.

This Antler King mix stays green all season and provides deer with much-needed winter energy. The special variety of Fall Rye will offer a tender green food source with up to fifteen percent protein and stay green all winter long.

The Winter Peas are very cold tolerant and the entire plant (stem, leaves, pod) will be browsed and eaten by deer. While other plants like oats or clover die or become dormant during the winter, this blend will continue to grow and be in excess of twenty percent protein during this time period. These plants grow extremely fast, your food plot will stay green all winter long, and provide a highly nutritious, palatable, and digestible diet that can sustain intense graze pressure all Fall and Winter.

The special variety of Fall Rye (Cereal Rye) is a cool-season plant that stays green and palatable all Winter long. It is easy to plant and can withstand less than ideal soil conditions and still grow well and be extremely attractive to your deer herd.

No-Plow is a one of the best deer food plot mixes. This high-protein annual includes specially selected exclusive brassica, clovers, wina 412 Radish, and some other forages. It can provide up to 9 months of attraction and nutrition for optimal deer growth and antler development.

Preparation can be done with as few as hand tools so this mix is also suited for beginners. It can be planted either in a fully prepared seedbed or with minimal ground preparation sufficient to establish good seed-to-soil contact.

Sometimes, the best spots for food plots can be the toughest places to maneuver heavy equipment. If you can get there by 4-wheeler or foot and the area gets 3 to 4 hours of sunlight a day, Imperial No-Plow can give you a hardy, fast-growing crop of highly nutritious and attractive forage.

Also worth noting is that this mix works very well in areas where the soil is not well developed.

Deer love the taste of clover and will travel from far to eat them. We recommend Imperial Whitetail Clover, which is genetically designed for whitetail deer. It has an extremely high protein content for muscle, antler, and bone growth.

Clover is a very versatile plant. It thrives in extreme cold as well as warm and dry climates. Imperial Whitetail Clover has an extremely high protein content, critical for antler, muscle, and bone growth, and thrives in extreme cold as well as warm, dry climates.

If you want to attract more deer to your property, hold them there and make sure they receive optimal nutrition for good health and antler growth, plant Imperial Whitetail Clover. It will make your food plot the best whitetail deer food plot in the area and will most certainly attract the animals.

Imperial Whitetail Fusion combines the high-quality Imperial Whitetail Clover that is specifically designed by the Whitetail Institute for deer with the outstanding WINA perennial forage chicory for greater tonnage, higher protein, and enhanced performance during heat and droughty conditions. It provides up to forty-four percent antler-building protein

These clovers are the newest proprietary clovers scientifically designed by the Whitetail Institute specifically for food plots for deer. They are extremely cold tolerant, and resistant to drought, heat, and disease. They are Coated with RainBond for enhanced seedling survivability and last up to 5 years from a single planting.

We find that the best perennial deer food plot seed is Clover King from Outsidepride. This perennial blend makes a great deer food plot seed as it is ninety percent clover with ten percent alfalfa for extra flavor and palatability. A single planting can last up to five years without re-seeding. That means five years of deer attracting and growing benefits from the effort of just one planting.

This will provide approximately thirty percent protein for the majority of the year for increased antler growth. It’s heat-resistant, disease-resistant, and cold-tolerant to endure changing conditions.

Fun fact: Clover King seeds have been coated with an inoculant for better establishment. Nitrogen fixation is one of the key values found in legumes and can only occur with proper inoculation. Although many strains of Rhizobium may be present in the soil, all are not equally beneficial. With Nitro-Coat each seed is inoculated with the correct Rhizobium strains and coated through a proven process that ensures a very high level of successful inoculation.

Nitro-Coat is naturally water absorbent and helps attract soil moisture to the seed, getting your stand established quickly. This coating process which Outsidepride utilizes, assures that only the top-performing and crop-specific rhizobia will be applied to ensure your clovers reach maximum nodulation, stand establishment, and yield potential. We highly recommend this one!

The specially-developed forage chicory in Fusion is highly drought tolerant with roots that grow as deep as 3 feet into the soil. It also stays tender and palatable to deer as it matures, unlike another chicory which can get waxy and hard.

This chicory blend is remarkable, more tender, and less waxy than traditional chicories and we experienced that deer are extremely attracted to it. This blend can be planted alone, mixed with other seeds, or over-seeded into existing forages to provide gains in variety, and attractiveness, and is incredibly resistant to drought and also extremely cold tolerant. It lasts up to 3 years from a single planting.

Recommended for planting in heavier soils that hold moisture or moderately-drained soils, “Chic” Magnet can withstand even extreme summer conditions.

The types of food plot plants can be separated into three categories. Perennials, Annuals, and biennials. I will explain each type below.

Annuals are bright in color and they have a longer blooming season. These plants grow once per planting. They grow much quicker compared to Perennials. They are the best deer food plot seeds for last-minute plantings.

Perennials are plants that can live for three or more growing seasons while annuals live for only one season. They are much more vulnerable to weeds. Perennials tend to produce less forage in harsher weather. They are great for bulk production in a short time span but they grow much slower than annuals so they are not a good last-minute option.

Biennials are plants that grow for two seasons. They don’t bloom until the second year. They are monocarpic, meaning they flower and bear fruit only once. They live for two years and in the first year, the plant grows and forms a stem, leaves, and roots. In the second year the plant flowers and produces seed, after this, the plant dies.

Not everyone has the acres to make their deer food plots on private land. Some people think that the best deer food plots are the ones on private land but that is certainly not always the case. Hunters who create food plots in the woods will find that these food plots can be very successful as well. We recommend planting food plots in small secluded hideaways so you can control the environment around your treestand or hunting blind.

You of course want deer to be attracted to your food plot. Adding the right plants is crucial. Plants that typically attract deer include for example red clover, chicory, and orchard grass.

Many states recommend against attracting deer. The reason for this is that there are fears that this practice will attract dangerous predators like mountain lions. Contact your local Department of Fish and Game for information specific to your area about attracting deer.

You also want to make sure that the plants are palatable to deer. You also want to make sure they get the right nutritious plants that they actually want to eat.

The best deer food plots have high-protein crops, such as soybeans, turnips, corn, peas, alfalfa, kale and which are also attractants that the animals enjoy feeding on. Deer like the nutritious nuts that come from chestnuts and acorns as well.

Not every plant is as easy to grow. If you are a beginner, start with plants that are easy to grow. We recommend starting with deer plot seeds/mixes that are easy to grow like Hit List’s brassica blend.

You want your food plot to be ready at the right moment, therefore it is wise to plan accordingly. For last-minute seeding, it is better to use annuals for deer plots. They will be ready in time before the season starts if you time it correctly.

Every seed requires the soil to have a certain ph value but generally, most plants prefer a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. So the best deer food plot soil would be 6 pH. You can measure the ph value in the soil with a soil test kit (see recommended accessories). If the soil has low pH you can use lime.

If there are a lot of droughts then it is wise to use seeds like for example chicory, which is known to be more drought-tolerant compared to other similar plants.

If you have poorer quality or acidic soil then you want plants that have the ability to grow in those circumstances.

Food plot success also depends on the deer population and weather conditions. If your food plot is close to a big herd and there is low competition then they will definitely be attracted and come to your food plot.

Not every seed should be planted equally. Therefore we recommend reading the instructions provided by mix’s brand. In general, we recommend first doing a proper soil test in the area where you want to create a deer plot. The ideal pH is generally over 6.0.  Once you have done that and bought seeds it is time for planting.

Start with the disk or till the seedbed to loosen the soil. Plant the seeds at the depth specified by the manufacturer. Create a smooth seedbed with a drag or a cultipacker. Now spread the seeds at the rate recommended by the manufacturer. Adjust soil by adding recommended lime.

If weeds/grass competition is heavy, consider using glyphosate herbicide prior to planting. Adjust soil by adding recommended lime. If weeds/grass competition is heavy, consider using glyphosate herbicide prior to planting.

Cool-season food plots can be annuals but are often of the perennial variety. This is because the extended root system that is typical for perennials help the plants to survive the colder temperatures. The reason to plant cool-season crops is to continue to provide for the deer throughout the year rather than just as a preparation for the hunting season.

Food plot mixes are not very costly however the bigger the area you want to cover the more seeds you’ll need and the price becomes more important. For small food plots, we recommend not buying the cheapest seeds/blends. You want high-quality seeds from the best brands for optimal results. For much larger food plots it is reasonable to look at the medium-ranged priced seeds/blends.

Hitlist makes high qualitative mixes that do not contain Rye Grass or other cheap fillers that many of the other big-name brands use. They started the company to develop personal relationships with our customers and remove any of the fear that first-time food plotters may have.  All of their blends have been tested and grown on their farm and are proven to be very attractive to deer.

Antler King is one of the leaders in wildlife nutrition products. Their goal is to help people grow bigger bucks and in general healthier deer. The company makes great blends that are very popular with Whitetail hunters. The company is reliable and has excellent customer service. You can’t go wrong with Antler King’s blends.

Whitetail Institute is a big name in the industry. Their genetically developed seeds must pass a famous multi-year research program. Millions of acres of Whitetail Institute seeds have been planted and professionals hold the company’s proprietary formulations in high regard.

Their headquarters are located in Alabama. Their research, development, and testing are conducted at our and within our system of Certified Research Stations and field testers across North America. They provide the highest quality seeds to hunters all across North America.

We recommend buying a cultipacker. The Black Boar Cultipacker is the one we used. This multipack is useful for many different types of applications. It can be used to break up stubborn dirt clods, or pack down loose or freshly tilled earth, which creates a stabilizing effect on loose soil that will help prevent erosion.

It forces seeds into the seedbed, which promotes better germination and crop density. For use with Black Boar Implement Lift. It Breaks up clods, packs down loose soil, and forces seeds into the seedbed for better water and nutrient absorption.

You want to test the soil properly for ensuring food plot success. Whitetail Institute’s Soil Test Kit shows you exactly how much lime and fertilizer are required and makes sure you don’t buy more than you need. A soil test can be the difference between the best food you can imagine and total failure.

We recommend this liquid fertilizer which provides an economical and efficient way to maximize the tons of succulent forage you produce on your food plots.It is easy to use, just mix with water and spray 32 oz. the bottle will cover a 2-acre plot or can be applied four times on a 1/2-acre plot.

Lime is a soil amendment that raises soil pH and helps green up your lawn. The amount of lime your soil needs depends on the initial pH and the consistency of the soil.

If you have the acres then utilizing a Food plot to attract deer is a method that works great when you do it properly. It is also a good way to keep the animals there and to give them enough nutrition for the season. I hope this buyer’s guide helped you to find the best deer food plot mixes so you can make a great deer food plot.

Thanks for reading and as always, happy hunting!Want to check out more deer hunting-related content? Check out our best Deer Scents In 2022 buyer’s guide.

Yes, they do work if the right conditions are met.

We recommend reading the instructions provided by the seed or mix manufacturer. In general, we recommend first doing a proper soil test in the area where you want to create a deer plot. Once you have done that and bought seeds it is time for planting. Start with the disk or till the seedbed to loosen the soil.

Now plant the seeds at the depth specified by the manufacturer. Create a smooth seedbed with a drag or a cultipacker. Now spread the seeds at the rate recommended by the manufacturer. Adjust soil by adding recommended lime. If weeds/grass competition is heavy, consider using glyphosate herbicide prior to planting.

Prepping soil is not difficult but should be done properly. First, spray the food plot to kill weeds and grass. Now it would be wise to do a soil test to determine the soil’s composition. A lot of plants will require a 6.5 to 7.0 pH level to grow efficiently. Use an appropriate amount of lime and fertilizer. Use a cultipacker or ride truck tires over the ground to flatten and firm the soil.

This varies per plant. Getting a soil test can help provide that information.

When you use cool-season food plot forage varieties we generally recommend planting them 45-60 days before the first average frost date during fall.

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