Fall Planted Whitetail Clover Green-up! We planted Whitetail Institute, Whitetail Clover last fall right in front of our camera. Whitetail Clover is a great source of protein for deer of all ages, and is available to the deer from spring green-up until late November in western New York State. The deer will paw through the snow to get to it even in late November, December and sometimes January. Although it was a very cold winter in western NY in the winter of 2014/2015, there was a great deal of snow accumulation for most of the winter. A blanket of snow will help protect the clover during the coldest temperatures, however we have not had any past problems with overwintering Whitetail Clover. We will write another post showing the change in body condition of the deer since they have been able to feed on green plant material this spring. Deer are browsers and will eat a variety of plants as they travel through the day and night in their 24 hour routine. For many years we have provided available plantings of whitetail clover for the deer. We believe the whitetail clover has contributed to the improvement of the overall health of the deer herd this spring and will continue to do so throughout the remainder of this year and years to come. Our perennial plantings have been lasting for 4 to 5 years before requiring re-planting.