Hunting over a food plot will not only increase your odds of success, it will provide more deer sightings, excellent placement trail cameras, and after your successful harvest, you’ll still be providing plenty of food and nutrition, which benefits the remaining deer population. Depending on your geographic location, different foods are local and on occasion more attractive to the local population, but some are universally popular among whitetails, brassicas is one of the best.
Brassicas are a family of fast-growing leafy-green forage annuals that include turnips, beets, rapes, and kales. In addition to their highly palatable and digestible tops, some—such as turnips and beets—also produce attractive root crops. Cool-season brassicas remain green and upright throughout the winter, and are heavily used by deer wherever they exist. In addition to providing critical late-season forage, their cold-season hardiness, sweetness (which increases with cooling temperatures) and high protein content make them an ideal choice for hunting plots.
Evolved Harvest is just one of the great brands that offers hunters and wildlife managers a variety of high-performance forage-grade Brassica seed blends. One popular example is Evolved Shot Plot, an exceptionally fast-growing, high protein forage turnip / forage rape blend that’s ideal for late-season hunting plots, while providing loads of critical nutrition for deer during the winter hardship period. When properly planted and managed, each 10-lb. bag of Shot Plot seed is capable of producing an astounding 16 tons of forage.
The forage-grade turnips contained in Shot Plot provide deer with a double-dose of attraction and nutrition. Like most brassicas, the leafy turnip tops progressively convert their starches into sugars as they grow and mature—becoming especially sweet after the first few frosts. They’ll remain sweet, palatable and highly digestible long into winter when other food sources become much more scarce, ensuring they’ll be hit hard by deer. The second form of forage comes from the taproots (turnips) just below the ground’s surface. Deer know these energy bombs are there, and will eagerly dig them up—even when covered by deep snow—providing an excellent source of late-season nutrition to help deer precisely when they need it most.
Shot Plot’s high-yield rapes are simple to grow, producing loads of leafy-green nutrition that deer crave. Reaching heights up to 24” just 45 days after planting, this fast-growing high-quality vegetation also gets sweeter with age – helping ensure that your Shot Plot hunting plot reaches its peak attraction during the hunting season.
Evolved Harvest Shot Plot
- Fast-growing, high protein annual brassicas
- Forage turnip / forage rape blend
- Provides sweet forage that grows up to 24” tall in just 45 days
- Cold weather increases foliage sugar content, greatly increasing attraction
- Coverage: 2 acres / 87,120 sq. ft.
- MSRP: $39.99
Hunters who have planted or hunted over brassicas know how effective these sweet, late-season forage cultivars are at attracting deer. Shot Plot’s fast-growing, high-yield blend of turnips and rapes will attract deer for hunting while providing the critical nutrition they need during late fall and winter. Shot Plot is easy to grow following basic food plot procedures. Plant Shot Plot in the late summer to early fall for maximum deer attraction during the hunting season.
Do you plant food plots? Share your favorite seed or supplement and food plot strategy in the comment section.
Growing up in Pennsylvanias game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Daves writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersens Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersens Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!
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