How to Have the Best Deer Food in the Neighborhood (Guaranteed)

Nobody can’t deny the huge benefits of quality food plots on maximizing someone’s hunting efforts. If you plan to start a hunting party without the help of a food plot, especially deer hunting, then it’s tough. I don’t say that it’s impossible to chase and get a big buck or fawn. But it will be harder and decrease your chance to win the best rewards.

If you are a deer hunter and intend to develop your own food plot, don’t hesitate to scroll down as here, I will give you the best tips on how to have the best deer food in your neighborhood.

Best deer food

When it comes to the best deer food to attract deer to your neighborhood, there are various species. But trust me, there are three most popular kinds: apple, clover, and soybean.

Below, I will guide you how to grow each of them as well as which one will suit your slot:

Apple Orchards

Apple Orchards

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Apple orchards are an incredibly powerful tool when it comes to managing white-tailed deer. They can range in size from as few as two or three trees to as many as two or three hundred. It’s simply a matter of how much time effort, money and your foot plot size you are willing to invest in such an endeavor.

I must emphasize that this is a long-term choice to develop a food plot for deer. But, I can tell you this much. If you plan an apple tree, deer will find it.

Once established, an apple tree will bear fruit for your family and wildlife that won’t be measured simply by seasons but in a lifetime. When cared for properly, they can be the most productive source of food on any given piece of property.

Because of that, the first 5-6 years of a tree’s life are the most critical for ensuring that goal of lifetime production is attained

Here are some tips for you. Might they sound awkward but in the end, it’s worth than reward:

Pull off apple flowers

When your apple trees are two years old before you pick them up for the nursery, we’ve only had them in the ground for a few weeks and they’re starting to flower. Now, some people might think “Oh, this is great. I’m going to have apples already”. But, don’t go along that line of thought.

Think long-term! Don’t put the horse before the cart! Do you want an apple this year or an apple tree for the rest of your life? If you let these flowers go, 9 times out of 10, it will produce an apple. But it’s not going to sustain it.

However, by pulling these flowers off, you won’t have any apple, but in turns, all the energy and nutrient will go to tree growth instead of fruit growth. And that’s what you should do!

Blossom clusters

Typically, in a blossom cluster, you will have 5-6 blossoms. But, usually, only one or two will actually set, meaning that they get fertilized and the tree saves that blossom to grow into a fully mature fruit.

The tree actually will compensate for the branch and then will come through, which we will easily identify. Don’t let 30 apple blossoms on a branch. Instead, let’s take 75% of these off as if you leave all on there, you will have the tendency that it’ll want to break the branch because they get so big. Or, not all of them will establish the full size, but just as tiny as a tennis ball size, which leads to not high-quality fruit.

Keep those trees safe

Here is also the reason we decided to go with the 8-foot tall deer. A couple of years ago, I chose to utilize cage to protect my apple trees against weather, deer, and bear. But because of its weakness, these cases are useless with bears and other giant animals. Might they will take some of the deer pressure off, but they won’t protect them 100%.

That’s why these recent years, I change into using the entire perimeter fencing, which is the best option up to now.



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This is arguably the easiest species to grow. And clover is a cheap, short-term plant for you to prepare a food plot for deer. After picking the species, all you need to do is to attend to the weather forecast.

We need to wait for a couple of good rains to let the clover seed set in.

Obviously, there are diverse kinds of clover, but my favorite is the white clover and just white clover alone in one slot. Here are three reasons:

Firstly, it’s the upcoming courtesies and I’ve been scouting pretty heavily. I’ve had a good time strutting to stuff with some pains up in the upper hay field this food plot. I just want a nice clover plot to hunt overcome turkey and deer seasons.

Secondly, white clovers are very easy to establish. Like I said, just burnt the weeds down, broadcasted, some rains and now the seeds are sitting in. In the next couples of weeks, they will grow fast. Besides, they are easy to maintain.

However, many guys go wrong with this step because they like to put mixtures which are said to do very well, especially when it comes to deer hunting. However, in fact, that’s really not the case with small food plots.

So, my sincere advice is to grow a pure white clover because you will find it easier to maintain than two herbicides

Finally, white clovers are the king of small food plots. They are shade tolerant so it can handle plots in the woods or small clearings. This is one of the most effective ways. Deer will come here and mow all day long.

The best time to grow white clover is early spring and summer because, at such seasons, other higher nutrient species are still unable to plant. It means white clover is the best alternation of protein and nutrient.



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Actually, there are some obvious differences between the soybeans and the clover. So, I took the opportunity to see not only what was growing and producing well, but what deer and other forms of wildlife were using.

I once made a small test of these two species. It was a one-acre field of soybean and a long stretch of road of clover that is about an acre. It means there is the same amount of food potential.

The fertilizer truck spread this field on the exact same day, same time, same amount of rain and it was growing in the same rocky soil.

But the shocking difference is – almost every bean had been browned on and we could barely find a clover stem where the clovers had been removed by browse.

That’s certainly not to say that deer don’t like clover. But deer are extremely selective feeders and clearly, at this time of year when does are providing milk for their fawns and bucks are producing antlers, they prefer the protein-rich and highly digestible forage of a soybean over clover.

What I try to tell you here is that depending on the time and season, you should plant a different kind of species to meet their demand. It will obviously lead to great results.

Here is my tip: In the early spring, before it’s warm enough to plant soybeans or they’ve germinated or produced any forage, clover is lush, growing rapidly, providing a lot of tonnages. Meanwhile, deer and also turkey love it.

But don’t dedicate all your food plot acres to clover because there’s a better forage crop throughout most of the growing season.


Apart from those three best options, there are still some more foods for deer, for examples:


With corns, you can take advantage of them as the best agriculture-related food for deer. This kind of food comes in high carbs to help deer survive in cold weather. To that end, it is the best to grow corns as a late season food source for deer.


This has been one of the most popular choices for deer hunter as they come up with high carbohydrates and moderate protein (roughly 16%). Oats are also a great selection for cereal grain lovers, especially deer in late season. Fall is the ideal time to plant oats.



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While corns arrive in 0% protein, wheat is a better food source with 17% protein. Like corns, wheat is agriculture-related food for deer that are usually planted by many farmers as a cover crop.

Remember that deer really like wheat in their early-growth stages, so don’t hunt earlier in the year as wheat might be still green. Instead, let’s start the hunt from late fall on into the winter.


One last thing to keep in mind is that no matter whichever species you choose to be deer food plot, don’t forget to choose an ideal treestand location. It is where you can track easily the deer who comes into your neighborhood to prepare for a hunt. But also, it should be closure and concealment so that deer can’t spot you from distance prior to you shooting them off.