When we started planting food plots, we picked a thing or two about what usually works with whitetails (or in standard terms, deers) and what doesn't! And, when it comes to planting food plots for hunting, you can't beat clover. Hence, it is important to know when and how you should plant clovers for hunting deer.
I am a huge fan of hunting as well, it has its own charm that nobody can match. However, it wasn’t until a lot of years in the field that I understood the ins and outs of hunting. I had to face a lot of failure when I first started hunting.
As per reports, most hunters do not catch a deer every year. So if your number is not very impressive, there is no need to feel bad since you are not alone in the race.
According to this report by the Ohio Wildlife Department, during the 2011-12 season, a total of 157,726 hunters were able to hunt successfully in a year in the state. And a total of 73% of this population consisted of hunters who could harvest just one deer during the season. The rest of the data is:
- 2 deer: 19%
- 3 deer: 5.4%
- 4 deer: 1.8%
- 5 deer: 0.57%
- 6 or more deer: 0.29%
While the numbers reflect only a state, the overall condition is not very different. Around 10 million hunters try their luck in the US each year, killing a total of 6 million deers every year.
Hence, if you are not able to create records in deer hunting, there is no need to worry or feel dejected. A huge population is as good as you, if not worse. But how do you improve the numbers? One of the best ways, as mentioned earlier, is growing clovers as they help hunt deer.
The trick is simple, you make your property more attractive to deer so that you can harvest easily. And since deer seem to love clovers, there’s no reason why you should not try your luck with these.
In this article, we will share a real-time around-the-year experience on how and when to plant clover for hunting.