So many people bring up hinge cutting, creating deer beds and other habitat practices and overlook a long-term solution to holding deer on their property, natives. Native grasses, wildflowers, forbs and native perennials are all things to consider. Yes, they are a little slow to establish year one but every year after that they thrive. Another advantage of them is the cost. Yes, year one the seed will be a quite a bit more expensive than regular food plot mixes but they also require less fertilizer and maintenance.
One big advantage of the native grasses is their ability to hold deer throughout the year. They provide good cover, security and protection from both predation and mother nature. If your also including forbs or perennial native clovers, they will provide some browse as well. In the case of pollinator mixes, they are great for bees. So many people overlook the importance of bees in pollination of our growing forages. Bees are a food plotter’s friend.
Native grasses also can act as screening. Planting a mix that contains tall growing native grasses can help one get into your bow or gun stand without being detected. You also can use these natives to direct deer to where you want them. There are many ways to use natives to pattern deer or get them to travel along your scrape lines. Switchgrass and big blue stem can get to be 6-7’ tall and that is plenty of height to act as a screen. So many people just think about planting only switchgrass when there are advantages to having grasses in various heights to give added standability and cover.