I was also wondering what you thought on burning a section of woods that is really thick but deer use for a bedding area. There is a section of woods about 3 to 4 acres that’s so thick that you cant hunt it. I was thinking about burning it to let some sun reach the ground and also so we can see in to it but I’m worried about spooking the deer from the area.
I’m not a big fan of rye (especially ryegrass). Most varieties of rye mature much quicker than wheat which means it provides quality forage for deer for a shorter period of time. In addition rye usually cost more than wheat.
I like the idea of mixing wheat and clover. The clover won’t produce much forage this fall and the wheat will serve as a cover crop and attract/feed deer. As the wheat begins to mature next spring the clover should come on strong and dominate the stand.
Turnips can shade out the clover and make it difficult to control weeds next year. I suggest planting the turnips by themselves or with wheat.
Prescribed fire can be a great tool! Like all tools, it should be used for a specific mission. I assume you wish to use fire to set back the cover because it’s maturing (getting to tall) to work well for deer? If that’s the case, then using prescribed fire may be a great action. It’s currently very wet near Lebanon. I doubt you will be able to conduct a successful burn till next year.
Be careful and enjoy creation,