Winter-Greens is preferred 4-to-1 over other brassica-based food plots
The Whitetail Institute knows food plots. It also knows brassicas. Brassica has been a late-season food source component in various Whitetail Institute food plot products since 1993. One of the biggest obstacles the Institute researchers had to overcome with a pure brassica blend was palatability. Researchers tested hundreds of brassicas and brassica blends and after years of testing, finally discovered a specific blend of ďhybridĒ brassicas that proved to be incredibly attractive and produced tons of forage. In fact, in ďcafeteria testsĒ performed using wild, free-ranging whitetail deer across the U.S., Winter-Greens was preferred over other brassica food plot products by at least 4-to-1. Thatís right, 4-to-1. Now thatís a considerable difference.
Winter-Greens makes your herd healthier
You and I will buy Winter-Greens because it will attract deer to our property for late-season hunting. But there is another tremendous advantage to Winter-Greens. It also gives our deer an exceptionally nutritious, easy-to-eat food source during the most difficult time of year for deeróold man winter.
Letís face it, we want big bucks. And bucks get big when they get the nutrients necessary to grow antlers during the antler-growing season. That is the main mantra of The Whitetail Instituteís Imperial Whitetail Clover and other food plot products. That said, a buck can have the best nutritional food sources available starting in the spring when he begins to grow antlers, but if he is in sorry shape due to the rigors of winter, his system is going to direct a lot of those nutrients to his body.
The point is this: all things being equal, a buck that is healthy going into the antler-growing season will produce a better set of antlers than a buck that is a victim of the hardships of winter.
Winter-Greens, because it does so well in the snow and cold and because it is so readily available to the deer, will give your deer a better start on their antlers. Of course, this applies to the health of your does too.
How to determine your food plot strategy with Winter-Greens
Winter-Greens is an annual. I recommend that you determine where your deer tend to hang out on your property during the late fall or winter and then supplement your food plot plan with a plot of Winter-Greens in that particular area. We already know deer will naturally follow the path of least resistance when it comes to food. Why make it any more difficult for them?
You will most likely have some activity on your Winter-Greens plot before the first frost, but the majority of activity will occur after the first HARD frost. At this point, the deer will make a decision based on the taste and availability of other food sources relative to Winter-Greens. In other words, donít expect the deer to ignore other food sources and make a beeline to your Winter-Greens plot just because youíve experienced a hard frost. But once other food sources lose their appeal (and they will) or once the snows come and other plots get covered, thatís when Winter-Greens will really attract the deer. Remember the situation I described at the beginning of this article and the availability component of Winter-Greens. You could very well, with the right conditions, have a virtual deer parade to your Winter-Greens plot.
Another huge advantage of Winter-Greens is it is extremely drought tolerant. With just reasonable amounts of rainfall, Winter-Greens will produce a lot of high-quality winter food.
Donít take the chance of a poor late-season hunt
We all learn through experience. And you have the opportunity to learn through my experience. Donít be left out in the cold if you have the opportunity to hunt in the late season. Plan to incorporate Winter-Greens into your food plot strategy.
Frankly, after watching that parade of deer in December, a Winter-Greens plot could very well create a situation where, given the right cold and/or snowy conditions, you could have deer coming from all around to your property. It could be one of those magic moments when you have the best hunting of the whole year. Itís a distinct possibility when you plan to attract late-season deer to your property with new Winter-Greens!