by Will Brantley

September 1-15*

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.

September 15-30*

Top pick: Clover and Alfalfa
As soybean leaves begin to yellow, these two typically remain lush and green through the end of September.

Runner-up: Soybeans
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.

October 1-15*

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.

Runner-up: Oats
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.

October 15-31*

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.