Not a option for everyone but a lot of guys around here hunt with a club.
I read that and for a few heartbeats, my mind quit. I could not fathom anyone sneaking up behind a deer and smacking it in the head with a "club
Then almost as quickly as I "phased out", the jist of what you were saying came to point in the next sentence. Still, I couldn't let go of that first impression.
If you food plot like I food plot, and I wanted the same or as good as I could get in my Florida fields as the food plots up North (say Carolinas, Virginia, Ohio), it did not take long for me to get discouraged at the results I got that were never
going to measure up. We have, what(?), three "sweater weather" days every winter? We rarely get frost and it takes frost for the brassicas and turnips, in particular, to sweeten as the starch turns to sugar after the frost. That, and the permeable sands of Florida, practically sterile, are not the fertile peat and organic humas laced soils of the North.
Seeds that grow well "up north" either did not grow here or were not TOUCHED by the "stuck up" deer in my neighborhood. I tried oats, wheat, rye (grass), brassicas, turnips, chicory, winter peas, clovers, and some other "exotics" that either did not grow or the deer would not touch them. When it wasn't raining to hard to plow, or the woods were not on fire, or it had not rained in months, or another hurricane was bearing down on us drenching and drowning the fields, or some such year after year at planting time "malady", then Iron Clay Peas, soy beans, grain sorghum, WGF sorghum, and Throw and Grow were used with fair to excellent results.
Here is my 275 yard "honey hole" on the south property line (I'm about 40 yards from the stand). I can see if they are coming from south to north. I don't have much time to waste if one steps into my shooting lane before they are gone forever.