by Will Brantley
Top pick: Soybeans
Beans are abundant now, and while they’re still green, the leaves offer high-protein nutrition that deer just can’t seem to resist now.
Runner-up: Clover and Alfalfa
Also full of protein and highly attractive, these legumes are common in hayfields and food plots across the country.
Second runner-up: Cowpeas**
Popular in food plots, cowpeas may be even more attractive than soybeans now, but they’re far less available.
Top pick: Clover and Alfalfa
As soybean leaves begin to yellow, these two typically remain lush and green through the end of September.
Don’t give up on beans yet. Late-planted or low-lying fields with green plants are still great spots to hunt if you can find them.
Second runner-up: Honeysuckle
As succulent plants begin to dry up, honeysuckle–as well as hawthorn and wild grape–becomes especially attractive.
Top pick: White oaks
Acorns are nature’s candy to deer, and white oaks are the best flavor. Now is when they usually start dropping in big numbers.
Oats are more attractive and nutritious to deer than other cereal grains but less tolerant of cold weather. Now’s the time to hunt it.
Second runner-up: Corn
Want to see 20 deer in an evening? Drive around to find one of the first freshly combined cornfields of the season and set up.
Top pick: Corn
With colder nights and dwindling green browse, deer will be drawn to the high-carb cobs of both standing and picked cornfields on a daily basis.
Runner-up: White oaks
If there are any white oak acorns still on the ground in your area, you’d better find them.
Second runner-up: Fruit
Find apples or persimmons now and you could punch your tag early.
*Dates may vary slightly depending on location.