Discussion in 'Hunting' started by tikka-guy, May 20, 2012.
so my guess is that they will attract deer.
The variety I planted is "everbearing" so they'll produce fruit from early July through the first hard frost.
Turns out there was plenty of sign and fresh beds:
I'd been pretty good about easing in there so I was a little disappointed to miss the deer, I decided to sneak down the ridge a bit more and poke through the scrub oak as well and ran right into Yogi. We had a little yelling match and parted ways, and I learned to have a bear tag on me when hunting deer in that area.
A little bit down the slope I ran into:
and wished I'd hit that first for a heads up rather than the depositer.
So what's my point with all this? It might help and it won't hurt unless you plant them between your camp and somewhere you might want to go.
Having bought some hunting property in Illinois a few years I can tell that positively I would never introduce an invasive plant species onto my turkey and deer land. I've had to spend over $5000 and busting my ass so far just trying to keep bush honeysuckle, japanese honeysuckle, and multifloral rose under control (you can never eliminate them). Had a forest management plan done and was recommended to burn off 10 acres of Mississippi Riverf bluff for a 5 year period just to get it under control.
Raspberries will be long gone before hunting season and you'll be left with brush. Every berry seed that will be eaten by birds, raccoons, deer, etc. will be carried with them and crapped out somewhere on your property or your neighbors. Not a good idea and you'll regret it. Better off planting lidano clover which deer love, only requires some spraying every year and the deer love it, it's very digestible, and promotes growth. If it spreads that's even better.
Just my opinion.
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We have some food plots, and I likely won't ever hunt over these. I guess I was just thinking I'd have another place to watch deer or set up a trailcam. I thought it'd be an easy thing to plant in the areas that aren't suitable for other foot plots.
Given how hard and painful it was to rip out these young plants, I'm thinking I might not mess with it.
Over the years, I have seen no interest in them from the deer, other then giving them a wide berth.
Oh they spread quick. What portions of the woods that aren't covered in multiflora rose are overgrown with raspberries. Too bad controlled burns aren't allowed anymore.
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