Well here's my little story for those that think they can't make a difference with only a little acreage...I only own 7 acres and here's my story...
I bought my House on 7 acres in December 2009. There was about 3 acres of field near the NW corner that right away I set my sights on planting some Imperial Clover. It grew up awesome and even just the 1st year I noticed an increase in Deer sightings. During the Hunting Season of 2010 I harvested a nice Doe as it was eating in the clover. The plow I had was only a single old plow pulled behind an old Sears Garden Tractor so the plot wasn’t the best but it worked!
By the Summer of 2011 My dad and I bought a pull behind disc for my 4-wheeler and the Clover Plot looked and grew 100 times better! Trail cams had been showing around 10 very decent bucks using the area and Dad and I had high hopes for the Season! There was one buck that was nick-named Half-Horn Hulk that we 1st got on the Trail Cam in 2010. He was definitely on our “Hitlist” along with a few other 8 Points. The Season was slow and I ended up not Harvesting a Buck until December 29, 2011 which was a small 5 Pointer again eating the Imperial Clover!
Dad and I had very High Hopes for 2012. The Imperial Clover Plot was still going strong and we planted a small “Kill Plot” of Imperial Clover in the woods by Dad’s Blind. October came and went with Dad and I seeing deer almost daily and this is the 1st year that had happened. We attribute this to the Imperial Clover! With Half-Horn Hulk and other nice 8 Points on Cam we knew it was going to happen any day!
On November 3, 2012 I got into my Tower Blind overlooking the Imperial Clover Food Plot around 4 PM. The same Does and Fawns came and ate early and left. About an hour before dark I heard a Buck in the woods at the edge of the plot rubbing his antlers on trees. He kept doing this out of sight for 45 minutes! Finally at last light a Doe stepped into the Clover and was followed by Half-Horn Hulk! I let him walk to 30 yards and whacked him with my crossbow and he only went 30 yards and dropped!
Three days later, on November 3, 2012 Dad and I were both in our blinds and Dad texted me that “Whitey and Blacky”, both Button Bucks had been in front of him and they both acted spooked and ran off and he said be ready a Buck is probably coming. Not 2 minutes later I head the tell-tale sound of his crossbow and a THUD! And he texted me “Big Buck Good Shot!” His buck was a Very Nice 8 Pointer and only ran 40 yards! Two Awesome Bucks 3 days apart all with the help of Imperial Clover!
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