Greens and Grains and More…
by Eric Hall
Whitetail hunters wait all year long in the midwest for the last two weeks of October and into “Sweet November”. It seems as though we just started the rut in Ohio and now we are weeks away from Christmas. The seasons change, the deer change and so must our tactics to harvest whitetails.
This time of year is all about food! A whitetail buck is run down from the weeks of rutting activity and dodging the “Orange Army” during the firearms seasons. The whitetails know that the winter is coming and know they need to re-charge the batteries. That means greens and grains…IE FOOD!!
Green food sources are excellent places to locate whitetail deer after the rut. The plants hold a good moisture content along with crude protein. Turnips and brassica’s get better as the frost/snow hits. Bucks will target these food plots in search of the greens. Late season winter wheat is also attractive to deer who prefer this cover crop in the early stages of its growth cycle.
Don’t have a food plot or brassicas? Look for green clover in hay fields or any leaves still on some underbrush. I have found over the years that small patches of green in fields are an excellent draw for whitetails just after the rut and into late season. Any remaining green leaves still on browse plants will attract deer.