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Best Kentucky Kill Plots

This topic doesn’t have much of an appeal to me so I’ll try to put a creative spin on it. Everyone knows to do the following:   1. Make food plots irregular shaped 

Kentucky Imperial Edge food plot

Food Plot Edge for Scent Checking

2. Make sure your food plots also have an “edge” around them so the bucks have to actually get close and look to scent check the area for does vs. standing 200 yards away and looking into the food plot with an unobstructed view. 3. Size – Size does matter. If you’re catering to bow hunters, do you really want 10 acre food plots? ¼ to ½ to 2 acre food plots are wonderful sizes for Kentucky bow hunters. It makes them feel they have just as good of chance as the gun hunters do when hunting that area…and they do.   

Kentucky clover food plot

Should Food Plots be Pretty?

Outside of those 2 points, what can I offer towards the topic of food plot shapes? What is the purpose of the food plot would be my question? Do you want it to look good to humans? Do you want it to be usuable for hunting? Do you have neighbors that might poach or sit up on your nice food plot that needed to be made near property lines? In an ideal world, most of your food plots would in fact be towards the center of your property. I’m sure I read that somewhere, but I don’t remember the logic that was used.   

Food Plot Shapes - deer food plots


What kill plots to plant?

Planting food plots is my favorite thing to do! Well, planning for plantings is just as much fun as well. Let’s face it, I really don’t believe outfitters make that much money if you factor in the time they spend “working” on the properties they own and manage. There is no possible way an owner makes more than $2 per hour for his time; zero chance! I could be wrong with some awesome high-fence operations, but free-range fair chase deer, I’d set the over/under at $2 per hour for the owner. But as a retired physical education teacher told me, “I feel like I’ve never had to work a day in my life.”   Back to the Fall food plot topic. What is the best Fall food plots to put in for Kentucky deer hunting? There are turkey to consider as well, but for the most part, if you spend time putting in food plots for whitetails, then your local turkeys will be fine no matter what you plant. In short, the “best” food plot is something that is “different” from everything else the deer have easy access too. If you’re offering a naked virgin in the middle of a food plot, will it attract hunters? Not if every other food plot around has 5 naked virgins in them with no other pressure from hunters.   

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Standard Fall deer food plots you will read about will include Brassicas, oats, maybe some soybeans if the plots are big enough, etc. These are considered the "best food plots for deer."  A healthy dose of clovers and alfalfas are always on top of the list that are good turkey food plots as well. Fertilizer makes everything taste better, but without the property PH needed in the soil, the plants can’t maximize the fertilize. That sort of turns into a “waste of money” argument more than it not tasting good for the deer, but they both are important and relate to each other.   It’s a good idea to have some food plot blends to keep the deer attracted over longer periods of time. Oat, wheat and rye come up green quick. Soybeans will be eaten quick usually. Brassicas take a little longer to mature, but last for a decent amount of time and into winter. Clovers are a available most of the hunting season as well.    It’s all about relativity. Good soil PH is key. That is like the salt and pepper added to a meal. How good would chicken be without flavoring? It will be ok, but the flavorings is what will make you select it over the other things.