Wildlife Food Plots

Choosing the right crop for your food plot can be a daunting task.  There are many seed options on the market, all promising great results and the sure appearance of the wildlife trophies you’re hoping to attract. However, there are many factors that go into developing a successful wildlife food plot.  We at McGough’s encourage you to ask yourself a few key questions before making a decision:

  • When are you planting and in what season are you looking to attract the most activity?
  • Do you want a perennial, long-term plot or an annual crop?
  • Have you completed a soil test?  Do you know your soil pH and nutrient levels, which are critical for success with many crops?
  • What are your site conditions, such as the heaviness of the soil and hours of sunlight the plot will receive?
  • How much fertilizing are you able or willing to do?
  • Can you mow this plot or get equipment to it?

Northern Michigan is known for hunting. At McGough’s we try to make it easier for you. We carry formulas that are specifically created for our area and varieties that are proven to perform.

IDEAL Northern Edge

Brassica Mixture

Five brassicas chosen for varying maturities and adaptability, high protein, and palatability. Easy to plant in spring or fall.

  • 10 lb per acre

Ultimate Clover Mix

Superior forage quality. Long-lasting perennial mix with added annual warm-season clover to boost production the first year. Varieties chosen for grazing persistence, palatability, and consistent forage production.

  • 10 lb per acre

Totally Turnips Mix

Easy-to-establish, high-protein food source. Three turnip varieties for different maturities and increased leaf and bulb production. Adaptable to a wide range of soil conditions.

  • 8 lb per acre

Chicory & White Clover Mix

Adapts to a range of soil conditions. Long-lasting and easy to plant. High quality forage from spring through fall.

  • 9 lb per acre

Forage Collards

Superior forage quality and high biomass production. Thrives in a range of conditions and seasonal extremes, making it one of the most winter-hardy brassicas available. Tolerates close grazing pressure.

  • 10 lb per acre

Forage Radishes

Establishes quickly in cool weather. Highly digestible forage plant for early and late season. Sugar content increases in cool weather. Also improves soil organic matter and aeration for future crops.

  • 10 lb per acre

Fall Forage Mix

Fast-growing mix of annuals and perennials to ensure high-quality, diverse forage availability throughout the fall season. Grazing continues through late fall and into winter until snow cover becomes too deep.

  • 20 lb per acre

Perennial Wildlife Seeds

Clovers

Cool season legumes with high-yielding forage.  Can be frost seeded in spring. Adequate moisture and nutrient levels are necessary for success.

  • Ladino (3-6 lb per acre)
  • Alsike (10 lb per acre)
  • Medium Red (10-12 lb per acre)
  • Kura (6-8 lb per acre)
  • Subterranean (annual, but aggressive reseeding, 8 lb per acre)

SMRP Alfalfa

An improved, deeper-rooted variety. Very attractive forage, but has higher maintenance needs. Can be seeded successfully in both spring and fall.

  • 16-20 lb per acre

Chicory

Deep taproot provides good drought tolerance. Low-maintenance and adaptable to a variety of conditions. An aggressive summer yielder.

  • 2-4 lb per acre

Switchgrass

Provides excellent cover for wildlife. Spring to late summer planting.

  • 5-10 lb per acre

Wildlife Habitat Mix

Features high-protein grasses and legumes. Provides food and cover for many species including whitetail deer and gamebirds. Plant in either spring or fall.

  • 20-25 lb per acre

Birdsfoot Trefoil

Tolerates wet or acidic soil. Long-lived legume is good for deer and game birds.

  • 8 - 12 lb per acre

Annual Wildlife Seeds

Turnips

Purple Top variety.  Fast growing brassica produces a large edible root which is high in protein and digestibility.  Rapid fall growth.  Root, stem, and leaf are grazed.

  • 2-4 lb per acre

Sunnhemp

Rapid growth in summer heat, with only new leaves being browsed. Excellent companion for peas, cowpeas, or soybeans.

  • 30 - 50 lb per acre

Rapeseed

Use in a variety of conditions and will tolerate drought once established. High leaf to stem ratio with palatable stems.  Fast germination and growth. Can be planted in spring or late summer/early fall.

  • Bonar Forage Rape (3-8 lb per acre)
  • Dwarf Essex Rape (3-8 lb per acre)
Brassicas should not be planted more than two consecutive years in the same plot.

Buck Forage Oats

Quick-germinating, slow-growing oat that is tolerant to cold weather.  Plant in August for fall attractant that stays palatable later than other grains.

  • 75-100 lb per acre

Field Peas

Cold-tolerant, cool season forage legume.  Can be planted in either spring or fall.  Inoculate prior to planting.

  • 90-120 lb per acre

Soybeans

Cool season forage. Highly nutritious and attractive to deer. Plant in spring for bean development or fall for leaf forage.  Inoculate before seeding.

  • 50-90 lb per acre

Austrian Winter Peas

Cool-season legume. Quick germinating and easy to grow. Moderate drought-tolerance and good winter hardiness.

  • 60 lb per acre

Iron & Clay Cowpeas

Very tolerant to deer pressure and drought conditions. Very productive and adapts to a variety of soils and conditions. Seed in spring or early fall. Inoculate prior to planting

  • 60 lb per acre

Buckwheat

Establishes quickly for summer forage. Attractive to deer and fowl. Aggressive growth suppresses troublesome weeds. Used to improve soil and also sustain beneficial pollinators. Highly sensitive to frost; plant in late spring or early summer.

  • 50-75 lb per acre

Peredovik Sunflower

Attracts both deer and fowl. High protein food source. Plant in late spring or early summer.

  • 5-10 lb per acre

Wildlife Grain Sorghum

Also known as milo. High forage yield potential with hot summer conditions. Plant in spring or early summer.

  • 25 lb per acre

Sorghum Sudangrass

Planted for cover, visual barriers, or to create an "edge" for food plots. Drought and heat tolerant

  • 30-50 lb per acre

Sugar Beet

High nutritional values. Excellent winter forage. Cool weather increases sugar content and makes it more attractive

  • 8 - 10 lb per acre

Cereal Grains

Crops in the cereal grain family are generally easily established and highly tolerant of poor conditions. Seed in spring for summer browsing or late summer/early fall for autumn attractant.

  • Field Rye (100-150 lb per acre)
  • Wheat (90-120 lb per acre)
  • Oats (65-80 lb per acre)
  • Barley (96-110 lb per acre)

For a concise listing of all our food plot seed options, check our Wildlife Food Plot Brochure.