Imperial Whitetail Clover
Food Plot

 

  The sight of a Boon & Crocket buck feeding his way to your tree stand is a dream come true. In my case that's all it will ever be a dream. Because in the area were I hunt, there is not much food
other than what Mother Nature supplies. The area is nothing but overgrown fields from dairy farms that have gone the way of the horse and buggy. Well not any more! I made a decision to put up a food plot, not just any food plot I wanted the best. One that would not only bring deer out  in the open but would benefit the wildlife in the area as well. Here was a plan, but not being a farmer what should  plant for wildlife. Talking to other hunters and asking the question of what to plant I got even more confused. I wanted something that was low in maintenance and healthy for the deer and turkey, and would be available all year long. I finally found a product that claimed to do all I wanted and then some. After calling this company and asking all the questions I could think of I decided to try their product. But I planed to put this product to the test, by putting this field
in an area were we have seen very little deer activity over the pass few years. It's an area hidden from roads and in the middle of the property. On July 12th after many weeks of  plowing and disking this field the lime and fertilizer in we were ready to plant the seed's in our test plot.
 

  PHOTO'S OF CLOVER FIELD

 
SHORT VIDEO OF A BUCK IN THE CLOVER FIELD
 
PHOTO'S OF DEER IN CLOVER FIELD


        LOGBOOK AND OBSERVATIONS 



 This will be a running log for the 1-acre food plot of Imperial Whitetail Clover field I planted up at Dan Brown's farm. The main purpose of this log is to show the proof that good management in our area will work and to provide the deer in our area with good nutritional food all year long. The site of the food plot was placed in an area were we found very little deer signs over the past 10 years. At this site not more than one deer at a time has been seen passing through it going to the old apple orchard in the gut. It also has the best site for both the deer and the hunters; hardwoods on one side for cover and pine's for a bedding area. It is also hidden from the road so no one will come in and hunt it. The following is the details of the planting dates and also any observations that we have logged of Deer and Turkey sightings in this field.

Sight Location:

 The sight location is part of and old field that hasn't been worked in over 40 years. The shape is a rectangle 100í wide and 400í long a total of 40,000 square feet and is on the backside of the hill in the field.
 

Soil Preparation:

 After the soil test was done the results showed we needed to lime and fertilize the land with the following amounts.
Lime: two tons
Fertilizer: 400 pounds
Danny then proceeded to plow up the field in June 1998 and after several weeks had passed he plowed it one more time. On July 4 weekend Matt Richie and I moved the lime and fertilizer over to the field and covered the mass of bags with a tarp. Richie then proceeded to disc the field several times to kill off what little weeds and grass was left. We then started to put the lime and fertilizer down. This was an all day job and a lot of hard work to lift and empty the bags of lime and fertilizer into the spreader towed behind the ATV. As we were in the process of this a single doe ran through the field from the pines into the hard woods.

Planting Time:

July 12 1998 Richie and I are ready to plant the clover today but Richie thinks we should disc the plot one more time and then drag the chain linked fence with the weighted logs on it to level it out and I agree. We then marked off the area with flags to over lap the seeds when I use the hand spreader. Now after the seed is down we road over the field with two ATVís in order to pack the seeds and soil down. All that is left now is to wait and let Mother Nature take her course.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: Aug. 5, 1998

Time: 6:05AM

Weather: Clear & Sunny

 Today I'm scouting in the new clover field were if every thing goes well it will prove the products worth or not. As I got near the field I wondered if I have done the right thing, planting this clover on a field were we rarely see deer in. But this is a sure way to prove if a product's works well in the field or is it all hype. My question was answered at 6:25 am, as I got to the field to set up my camcorder there were 4 deer in the field in the Northeast corner. They left in a hurry when they spotted me I continued down to that area to set up my camcorder. The camcorder was started at 6:35 am and I left it running while I went to scout another location for bowseason.
 The growth in the clover field was sparse but I didn't know if it was from the lack of rain, the deer browsing in it or a combination of both. When I reviewed the tape at the house with Matt and Richie we were surprised at 7:25 am to see two does enter from the southwest at a distance of 20 yards from the camcorder. They didn't stay on film long but they were feeding on the clover for five minutes then they fed out of view of the camcorder. Then at 7:35 eight deer entered the camcorder view two bucks one six point, a forkhorn and three does. They feed in the clover field till 7:52 when the last to leave were the two bucks.
 
 

Observations
 

Date: Aug. 12, 1998

Time: 6:05AM

Weather: Clear & Sunny

Today Matt called me from Richieís place; he went to the clover field to sit in my treestand. As usual he was running late and didn't get to the field in time for sunup. He said he never made it to my stand because he was greeted by two does and a forkhorn already in the field not far from my treestand, also in the field were two hens and a big tom. He sat on a stump for 45 minutes and just watched them all feed on the clover. I forgot to ask Matt what time this all took place and how the clover field looked. I will be putting down 200 pounds of fertilizer (6-24-24) to stimulate more growth in the clover field.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: Aug. 30, 1998

Time: 6:25pm

Weather: Clear & Sunny

 Today I called Dan Brown he and Joe Lucas were brush hogging the field in the gut. He said that the deer were in the clover field all weekend long. Every time they went passed the clover field he said there were at least 6 deer in the field at a time. I asked him how the clover field looks and he said very lush but not over an inch high. It looks to me the deer aren't letting it grow they keep it mowed down for us. Dan said it's been very dry up there but the clover field is holding it's own so far.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: Sept. 19, 1998

Time: 6:00am

Weather: Clear & Sunny
 

It's been six weeks since I placed my treestand on the edge of the clover field. Matt was up last week to put his stand up so we can both cover the clover field. Today I plan on placing my camcorder in the southeast corner of the field, while I sit in my treestand on the northeast side of the field. This setup will get photos of deer that might enter the field behind me, while I concentrate on the top of the field to the southwest were most of the deer have entered the field. As I enter the field it's 6:25am and there are three deer in the field by my stand all ready, a big doe and two fawns. Hell it's getting so you can't even get into the field without waiting for the deer to leave; boy does this clover work! It is now 9:30am and I'm leaving my stand to get the camcorder and go have breakfast. I have seen 5 more deer this morning after I got into my stand, thank god for notebooks it's tough to scout, write and try to keep calm when the deer are all around you. I sure do hope Richie can convince the other guys that hunt up here to chip in so we can make some other food plots with this clover.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: April. 10, 1999

Time: 6:00pm

Weather: Clear & cold
 

Today Matt called me to tell me that he was in the clover field this morning at 6:00am and the clover is coming up but it was very sparse. He also said that while he was in the field he seen 6 turkeys come into the field. They stayed in the field for 20 minutes before they flew away into the pines. Then ten minutes later the first of three deer entered the field from the hidden trail. The deer were feeding in the field for a ½ hour not more than 50 yards from Matt when the wind changed direction and when the deer caught his sent they watched him for awhile before they spooked into the woodcock cover.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: April. 19, 1999

Time: 6:00pm

Weather: Cold & Damp
 

Well here I am! Back upstate for the first time since the accident. The clover looks like it survived the winter up here. This year it was a mild winter and the deer never left the mountain I was told and the deer have fed heavily on the clover over the winter and it looks like hell. It must be very hardy clover to with stand this heavy feeding, for every were you look is fresh deer droppings. At 6:15pm I spotted what looked like a small deer coming out of the brush in the woodcock cover into the clover field. To my surprise when it entered the field it was a bobcat, this was the first time I ever saw one in our area. I waited till 7:00pm in the field to see my first deer since September. To my dismay I didnít see any deer but I did hear several gobbles from turkeys just as they went into the roost in the pines near by.
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: May. 15, 1999

Time: 6:00pm

Weather: Clear & Sunny
 

Richie called to tell me he put the 300 lbs. of fertilizer down in the clover field. He also said he spooked 3 deer out of the field when he entered. He also said Dan Brown has seen turkey in the field but has not hunted it. Also Richie said that Ed had new field put in on his property and is completely done and now has to be limed, fertilized and seeded. Ed may want to put down the new Alfa-Rack in his new field.
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: May. 30, 1999

Time: 2:30pm

Weather: Clear & Sunny
 

Richie called me at home today from work. He said Matt called him to tell him that the clover has grown to 12 inches high and may need to be cut. I spoke to Matt later that evening and he said there is still some bare spots but not as much. He said he didn't spend much time in the field because he was busy at his trailer and his wife was up with him. The 300 lbs. of fertilizer that Richie put down made a big difference on the clover. Richie said he will be up on June 5th & 6th to disc the new clover field by the dam and he will try to mow the clover field down. He and Ed will also measure out Edís field to plant 2 acres of the Alfa-Rack he has purchased. The 50 lbs. of Alfa-Rack will be used to plant the 3 new acres and we hope this will do just well as my 1-acre test plot. I sure hope so Ed has spent a lot of money to create this field.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: June. 4, 1999

Time: 12:30pm

Weather: Clear & Sunny
 

Today I went over to Mattís house to shoot my bow, but more important to see the photos he took of the clover field. To show me how tall it was he placed a 1-liter bottle of soda in the filed to show the depth of the clover, the only thing visible on the soda bottle was the neck and white cap. He also had a photo of a deer on the trail going to the field on his way out. It looks great and I can't wait to get up to see it. Also their were photos of the new I acre plot by Danny's tree stand and Matt's tree stand. It looks like my test plot worked out better than I imagined the guys all are chipping in for the new plots. Ed Miller has created a 2-acre plot on his hidden field by having the woods bulldozed out. This will now bring the total of clover food plots up to 4 acres, which are spread out over three different locations on the two properties. We just have to wait to see the results in the fall.
 
 
 
 

 Observations
 

Date: June. 5&6, 1999

Time: 12:00pm

Weather: Sunny & Hot
 
 

 I called Richie today at his house upstate; he spent the whole day harrowing the new field and leveled it out with the chain link fence. He put the fertilizer down and he will spread the Alfa-Rack in the morning. He didnít get over to my clover plot but will before he leaves and will tell me how it looks on Monday at work.
Date: June 7 1999
Richie told me that the clover looks great and that he thinks it should be mowed soon. He said that the new plot is in and he used up a 25lb bag of the Alfa-Rack to do the field.  We now have to order another 25lb bag to replace the one we used up on Ed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: June. 13, 1999

Time: 12:00pm

Weather: Cloudy
 
 

 I called Dan Brown to day to ask him if he had cut the clover field. He has been busy at his house and hasnít gotten a chance to brush hog the field, but he did go into the field to check it out. He said he seen several deer in the field but they spooked, before he could get a good look at them. Danny said he will be back up next weekend and will try to mow the clover down to 6 inches high. He observed 3 deer in the newly planted field on Saturday and there were two more in the field as we were speaking on the phone looking for forage, I guess they will be coming back once the new clover field with the Alfa-Rack starts to grow. Then we will see which the deer prefer more the Whitetail Clover or the Alfa-Rack, not that it would matter much they will both benefit the deer it will just give them a choice.
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: June. 27, 1999

Time: 12:00pm

Weather: Sonny and Hot
 

  Well Iím back up with Matt and Richie and I will be putting up my new ground blind. Richie and I will look over the clover field to see were the blind should go. As we entered the clover field from the top a single doe was feeding in it. We watched her foe 15 minutes and then she ran into the pines. Richie and I decided to place the blind between two runs that will be about 15 yards away from the blind. Richie cleared a 7íx7í area with the brush-hog as I set up the blind in the clover field. I wonder if the presence of this blind will upset the deer's normal pattern and spook them from the field. We will find out this evening, I plan to be in the blind by 6 p.m. to film the deer in it.
Supplement 6-27-99 7pm  The first deer appear in the field was a doe she entered from the pines at the top of the clover field some 300 ft away. She feed in the clover field for over 45 minutes all the time looking in my direction, I guess the blind stood out and got her attention but she wasnít spooked. All the time her tail was twitching from side to side in a relaxed posture. At 8:15pm the doe left the field and so did I shortly after.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: June. 28, 1999

Time: 06:00am

Weather: Raining
 
 

 I entered the blind by coming in from Caskey Rd. I parked the quad on the trail just 10 yards from the barway and walked to the blind. The weather forecast is for rain on and off all day and Iím not to optimistic of seeing anything in the field but will stick it out anyway. It is now 9:30am and Iím leaving the blind as I get 20 yards away it starts to rain heavily so I go back into the blind to sit it out. At 10:00 am two bucks appear into the filed from the pines lower trail only 30 yards away. I spent the next 38 minutes filming the deer feeding on the clover and at all times checking out the blind while they gorged themselves on the clover even in the pouring rain, and by 11:00 a.m. I was on the way back to Mattís trailer to view the footage I have just taken.
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: June. 29, 1999

Time: 08:00am

Weather: Thunderstorm
 
 

I just got into the blind and the rainís came down with thunder and lightning I donít think that anything in the woods will be moving around much but it may stop so Iíll just sit and wait it out.  Itís 12:30 and the rains have let up for now Iíll go back and rest if the weather permits Iíll be back this evening. Iíll stop off at Dannyís house and ask Joe if he wantís to come along with me.

Supplement 6-29-99 7pm  Joe and I are in the blind and two bucks enter the field again from the lower trail in the pines. These two are only 25 yards away from the blind and take a good look in our direction as they walk by. They feed heavily on the clover for over 45 minutes and we got it all on film. Guess they like the clover very much because with all the noise I made all they did was look at the blind and then resumed feeding on the clover.

NOTE:   I must get a quieter chair for the blind not a folding beach-chair it makes too much noise when you move in it.
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: August. 11, 1999

Time: 08:00pm

Weather: Clear and cool
 

     Richie called me at work and told me that the third food plot has been planted, also he said the second field has had deer in it every day and evening in it. He has looked in from time to time at the my clover field but he hasnít seen any deer in it but tells me that Garabaldie has been going in the field and filming deer all week long. There is no set time or pattern to when or from what direction the deer are entering the field. Richie said the clover is very lush looking and the tarp is still up.  The tarp I hope will get them use to seeing something were my ground blind would be.
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: September. 18, 1999

Time: 06:40am

Weather: Clear and cool
 

    I entered the clover field from Caskey road and parked the ATV just north of the barway entrance. As I entered the field I heard a familiar sound, there at the bottom of the field were two bucks sparing, 1 forkhorn and a small 6 pointer. But today I took Ed's digital camera and not my camcorder. There wasn't enough light to use the camera even if I had time to get it out of my backpack. This friendly sparing match went on for 22 minutes before the left the clover field.
 
 
 
 
 

Observations
 

Date: September. 19, 1999

Time: 06:35am

Weather: Clear and cool
 

Sat in the downed birch tree and awaited for sunrise, at 8:02 am 3 deer entered the field from the northeast from Malacones property. One 6 pointer 1 forkhorn and a large spike about 8 - 10 inches long. All three had big bodies and fed up the clover field past me only 8 to 15 yards from me. The 6 pointer had a nice spread but small tines. I wonder if they are the same bucks I have been filming back in June.
 
 
 
 

Date: September. 19, 1999

Time: 06:35pm

Weather: Clear and cool
 

    Arrived in clover field at 6:40pm nothing in field and I decided not to sit under tarp but by the downed birch tree. At 7:00pm the first of what would be of 5 deer entered the field from the northwest corner of the field the same as this morning. At 7:15pm a very large spike entered the field only 10 - 20 feet from my position in the birch tree. I was using Ed's digital camera but had to use the flash not enough light. I do hope they come out ok to put on the web page and send them to Mr. Wilson Scott at the Imperial Whitetail Clover Institute.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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