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How to Plant White Clover for Deer Feed

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Overview

Over the course of a year, many hunters plant food plots to entice deer to a specific area. Depending on the season, different types of seed is planted. White clover is planted as a fall season crop and can be sown alone or as mixed with other legumes and grasses. The fall food plot is planted early in the fall so that it will mature and attract deer for the fall hunting season.

Step 1

Choose an area where the food plot will not be visible from the road. This will discourage poaching and keep the deer from the roadway where they may come in contact with passing vehicles.

Step 2

Attach the brush hog attachment to your tractor and mow the area to cut down and destroy any existing grasses, weeds or brambles. If you do not have a tractor, you can use a regular lawnmower, but it will take a number of passes to mow down the existing brush. You will also need to knock down the higher brush using a string trimmer first.

Step 3

Attach the tiller attachment to your tractor and till the soil. This will break up the soil, destroy the existing brush and make the plot easier to plant. You can also do this with a garden tiller if you do not have a tractor.

Step 4

Broadcast the white clover seed at a rate of 20 pounds per acre. If you are using White-Dutch clover seed, plant at a rate of 5 pounds per acre ,as White-Dutch is a perennial and will reseed itself. To broadcast seed, the simplest method is to scatter seeds over the food plot one handful at a time.

Step 5

Walk over the entire food plot after broadcasting the seed. This will firmly press the white clover seed into the tilled dirt. The food plot should show signs of germination in two weeks or less, and nothing more needs to be done.

Things You'll Need

  • Tractor with tiller attachment
  • Brush hog or lawnmower
  • String trimmer (possibly)

References

  • University of Tennessee: Planting Chart for Wildlife Food Plots in Tennessee (PDF)
  • Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources: Effective Food Plots for White-Tailed Deer in Alabama (PDF)
Keywords: deer food plots, clover deer food, clover food plots

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G. K. Bayne is a freelance writer, currently writing for Demand Studios where her expertise in back-to-basics, computers and electrical equipment are the basis of her body of work. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and has written for Demand since 2007.