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I agree with CJBS2003. It sounds like you don't have enough natural feed.
A friend of mind did the same thing. "They killed the brassicas before Thanksgiving."
He has no browse, nothing, except some acorns.
I think too many people under estimate the importance of good browse.
Last year I did some experimental food plots.
1. Grass and clover, just like you have in your yard.
2. Chickory mix.
3. Brassicas

Through rifle season, 10 to one, they were in grass/clover vs. Chickory. (also note that the grass stays green for a long time into the winter.)
Never touched the brassicas until mid to late winter.

I also have a lot of browse.
Good browse also offers cover, unlike a typical food plot.
 

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cj sudhop said:
I also have to get started with selective cutting to open the canopy.
That's exactly right.
I had a forester come in a long time ago and look at my woods. I told him "I wanted to raise as many deer as I could. What do I do with my woods."
He said, "Cut down every deciduous tree that does not produce a nut or a fruit. Let a logger come in if you can. The equipment will stir up many dormant seeds laying on the forest floor. Opening up the canopy will help to get them started. The first thing you will get is briars. Then followed by sapplings. Do something with your forest every 10 years."

I did all of this. The results are fantastic!
Also, you don't have to plant any food plots.
 
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