more doe, less intense rut, less chansing etc. i've seen that many many times over the years. Thus the reason I like EAB, it did two things, reduced doe and gave bucks the chance to live. Less doe, means the more time a buck has to be on his feet looking.
So this is where it gets interesting. We started doing food plots several years ago. prepped all summer,cut, killed weeds twice, lime etc etc. All plots were planted last week of august or first of sept. Mix of white clovers, oats, winter rye. That year we saw the most mature deer and deer in general, that year was great. it was the only food we had besides red oaks and I never seen a deer eat them.
we shot 3 bucks that bow season, 1 - 3.5, probably a 4.5 and one no doubter at 5.5. (none were actually aged) Crazy thing, but not so crazy is we didn't ever get one of those deer on cam ... Fast forward to the next few years. We did beans, 15 acres of corn, all the clover came in well, cut and maintained. Our hunting sucked. We saw a TON of deer, but didn't see anything decent till rut and we filled one tag in 2 years. we killed the clover, and decided to start over. Again, all fall plots as the bean stand was planted in all oats, winter rye and winter peas. Again, hunting was fantastic that fall. So I feel like providing just fall food may actually be a good thing for your hunting. Now, if you don't care about older bucks, having a ton of food attracts a TON of deer, LOT'S of small bucks, LOTS. Personally, I do food plots to help the deer. I don't really hunt all that much on that land and i'd rather just see the deer be happy eating and spending time on our ground. I don't think i'll change what i'm doing out there, but I think there is something to be said about not having an over kill amount of food in spring/summer. I believe the key is to have the only green food in oct around and that's it.
I personally shoot 3-4 doe a year and target meat the first 3 weeks of the season. I stack my freezer with what I need, then typically go out of state. So to me, I just enjoy to hear the neighbors talk about how all the deer live by us and see all their stands on the trees that sit closest to the boarder. They are going to crap this year when they go in and see the Egyptian wheat along the fence that is 20 foot wide. LMAO. that was a lot of work but will make me smile when i hear through the grapevine about it.
Welder, can you send me that information or article please?