Been checking out the forums a lot this year and this is my first post on the site. My family has a 240 acre farm in Northeast Michigan and we would like to get serious about food plots and deer management. We already have all the necessary equipment as it used to be a family run cattle and agricultural farm. The property consist of three 80 acre parcels and has lots of water and thick cover, the only thing lacking is food. The property has literally only 5 mature red oaks and my uncle who lives on the property has planted rye grass in the past and some rape as well (He says this is all deer need). This year We saw a lot of deer in the early season (a lot consist of three 3.5 to 4.5 year old bucks and five 2.5 year old bucks) as there are a lot of apple trees that are planted in our food plots, but once the apples were gone the deer seem to be gone as well. I have attached a picture of the property and highlighted the property lines in red and existing food plot areas in green. not all of the food plots have been planted in the last couple of years so these are the locations that we have used in the last 5 years. I feel that the food plots that we have planted are not enough to attract and keep deer on our property year round. Our goal is to develop a spring and fall planting plan that would provide year round nutrition and help produce larger racks. Currently my uncle is skeptical about quality deer management and actively harvesting does to maintain a health population. His logic is that if there are does the bucks will come hence we leave his does alone. As such our doe harvest has been only 2 in the last 4 years. So if anyone knows of any good books or research papers that are available to the public that would help to convince him recommendations would be greatly appreciated. So my questions would be what should we plant in the spring (open to try a few things this year and see what the deer like the best), the fall, and what should be planted for food over the winter months. Also, how many does should we kill each year. I know that this is subjective and requires research and knowledge of the herd size, but currently we shoot 3-5 bucks a year. So I hope that that number helps give you a size of the herd. Not all of the bucks are mature, typically 2.5 year olds, but there is a 3 points to a side restriction that we have to follow.