Re: Plant it and they will come
Rye germinates down to 36 degrees F....once established, it grows when it's north of 34F. Granted, it won't get a foot tall, but it will provide lush green, fairly high protein forage for the deer.
A nice food plot amongst a mostly wooded area would be a pretty good draw I would think. A buddy of mine did an oats and clover plot this fall, no ag within a mile or so...the deer keep it mowed down to a low green carpet. He didn't want to mess with the rye in the spring...so once his oats get zapped with the frost, the clover will be on its own against the hungry mouths....and I don't think it's going to be able to keep up on its own.