Why you should consider planting Clover!   I had been at full draw for a few minutes, but it felt like an eternity. There were four whitetails in the food plot grazing on the Imperial Clover, from  Whitetail Institute Of North America, that I had planted in the spring.  This clover plot was a daily […]

Why you should consider planting Clover!

 

I had been at full draw for a few minutes, but it felt like an eternity. There were four whitetails in the food plot grazing on the Imperial Clover, from  Whitetail Institute Of North America, that I had planted in the spring.  This clover plot was a daily routine stop as they traveled to a larger Ag Field they fed in after dark. As I drew my bow, the Doe had spotted my movement and knew something wasn't right.  After a few minutes of not moving a muscle, she finally quartered away and stopped just long enough for me to send an arrow harmlessly over her back.  I may not have put some venison on the table that day, but I learned that planting Imperial clover plots in my arsenal of food plots can be very effective in early season!

I first considered Imperial Whitetail Clover because I found it was easy to grow. Unlike most of the hunters that plant food plots in my area, I am not a farmer.  I didn't have the tools, equipment, or even the knowledge of how to plant a food plot. My research had shown that clover required a very shallow soil depth to be planted. I fabricated a small drag to pull behind my ATV to expose the soil, limed, fertilized the 1/2 acre area, and planted the clover in March before a Spring rain! This clover plot is the plot I referenced my hunt from in the first paragraph!

Clover, once established, requires very little maintenance to keep it going. A big factor in me choosing clover for a food plot is that it is a perennial, meaning it will grow back every year! I have an Imperial clover plot that is making its fifth year without replanting.   I do mow the clover tops off a few times a year, however, I have heard of people not mowing them and having equal success! Clover plots would be a great choice for an out of state hunting lease, or a plot that is hard to get to with farming equipment.

A whitetail will eat, on average, seven pounds per day, and a good stand of clover will provide 2 to 4 tons (per acre) of forage a year! Clover will “literally” provide tons of forage for your deer herd each year, and with protein levels above 20%, you couldn't ask for a better food plot!  My Imperial Whitetail Clover plots are the first thing to green up in the spring, stay lush in the summer, and are grazed on until they dormant in the winter.  If you want to provide a food source for the winter, you can can throw in a brassica mix (turnips and radish)  in early fall for that late season attraction!

There are some many different companies that provide a food plot mix these days, so which one do you choose?  I spend a lot of time researching the gear I use for hunting whitetails, and my food plots mixes are just as important.  With A LOT of research, I purchased seed from Whitetail Institute of North America. Now, after several seasons of planting, I can say from experience, that the genetically developed seeds from Whitetail Institute of North America are far more superior to any other seed I have planted. Give Imperial Whitetail Clover a try this spring and see for yourself!

-Justin Sapp