A couple of years ago I did an experiment. I divided a 1.5 acre plot into thirds. In one third I planted Rye, in another I planted BFO, and the last I planted $7/bag feed oats. I observed deer feeding in the foodplot during the first two weeks of October. The deer appeared to show equal preference to each of the 3 areas of the plot. Between the 2nd & 3rd weekends of Oct. we had our first frost (fairly light). By the weekend both of the sections of oats had turned brown. The BFO did not appear to fair any better than the feed oats. Therefore, I have my doubts about the "winter hardiness" of BFO. In fact, I no longer plant any oats after my experiment. That season I had 2/3 of my main destination foodplot that had nothing to offer the deer. If you are considering oats I would highly suggestion planting rye or wheat instead. The deer like these just as much as they like oats, plus you can still have a nice lush green plot in November.Our local farm bureau carries 'regular' forage oats. Does anyone know how these would compare to Buck Forage Oats? We saw yesterday BFO for $29.99/50#bag at a small-town hardware store.