I know there are folks that don’t eat meat. I also know that there are folks who would rather just buy meat from the store.
I want as-near-to-free-as-possible food. Can it get much more free than hunting? Perhaps not.
Of course gardening can be very inexpensive as well but, pound for pound, I think hunting wins.
Our deer season begins on October 1st. If this heat holds out the hunting might not be so great on day 1, but nonetheless the time to prepare is now.
Here in Mississippi there are no restrictions on the caliber of firearm you use (just that you use it during firearm season). We do have laws similar to other places where there are restrictions on how many does and bucks you can take and bucks have to have antlers of a specific size. But those things aren’t my primary concern – mine concern is how I can lure them to me.
Here I have to be 300′ away from a deer feeder AND that feeder has to be 300′ away from my property lines, which is just impractical. You see, I’m not going to pay to hunt on someone else’s land. I have 7 acres and there is no reason I cannot get them on my property. In Mississippi the rules for hunting are much more lax on your own land – for example, no hunting license is required – just follow the same basic rules to make sure you’re only hunting mature deer and leaving enough behind to keep the heard alive.
You also can’t just toss the candy (corn, that is), onto the ground – lest it become moldy and make the deer sick. Any true hunter wouldn’t want that to happen anyway, so that’s a fairly benign regulation.
For me the most practical way of luring deer to my land is to provide them a food plot, or a green field. I can also use a salt or mineral block. Mississippi allows me to sit right in the middle of that, if I wanted to, and shoot the deer real nice and close like. From my deer stand to the furthest end of my deer plot is only 35 yards. Yes, that is close, but I like it.
With hunting season so close at hand it is time to get out there and plant the food plot. This is a real advantage, in my opinion, to hunting in our climate. If you can keep something growing in the winter you are all but guaranteed to have deer in your green field, even if they don’t turn out to be the big record breaker.
Here is what I am planting:
- Austrian Winter Pea
- Penelope English Pea
- Diakon Radish
- Crimson Clover
- Berseem Clover
Many of those items will grow well into winter and a few may even survive a few good frosts.
Does your climate and regulations let you use a food plot to hunt? If so, tell me down in the comments below what you like to plant!
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