Whitetail ‘ice cream’

Every living thing likes ice cream, even deer! Growing “ice cream” for wildlife may sound a little far-fetched and impossible, but it’s not impossible, because Dwarf Essix rape is just like ice cream to deer.

North Carolina landowner Rich Roberts always devotes a small section of many of his food plots to Dwarf Essix rape.

“Rape is sought-after from the time it pops out of the ground to the time the sugar comes to it when it turns purple,” Roberts said. “The deer love it!”

Dwarf Essix rape may sound familiar, because it is the same rape people routinely eat with their cornbread and country ham. The seed is very small, and a little goes a long way.

About Jeff Burleson 1311 Articles
Jeff Burleson is a native of Lumberton, N.C., who lives in Myrtle Beach, S.C. He graduated from N.C. State University with a degree in fisheries and wildlife sciences and is a certified biologist and professional forester for Southern Palmetto Environmental Consulting.

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