I have some old trails and roadways in the woods on the property I hunt that I would like to try and have something grow that will attract the deer. I can't get any equipment in to turn up the soil, so I will only have hand tools. What grows best on old trails and such in the woods that receive minimal sunlight?
you can frost seed red and white clover. you don't need equipment. get a hand held grass seeder and walk the trail spinning the seed as you walk. clover seed is small and does well with frost seeding. clover will attract deer, turkey, as well as pollinators.
If there aren't grasses and or clover growing beside the trail you will have a very difficult time getting it to grow in the trail. A 5-6 foot trail isn't getting any more sun than the area beside it. Throw some cheap seed down and see what happens. Good luck