It is funny because in PA I have all the equipment to clear, till and prepare a plot. In Ohio I don't have any of that equipment to use so I am doing it the hard way. It really sucks having to do everything by hand. What I could do in a few minutes with the tractor takes me hours of back breaking labor.
Only issue that I have had with a fall plot that is small is sometimes the deer don't let it get established unless you plant a big enough plot or you put electric fence around.. This is more of an issue if it is in a drought year. For mowing a good weed whacker can make pretty quick work of a 1/4 acre plot.
Forr hunting purposes a fall food plot I think makes the best "kill plot". Deer just really like that new growth.
Clover is a bitch to maintain if you're as busy as a one legged man in an ass kicking contest, which I am most of the time. That said, the tonnage it produces is worth the extra effort for me. My smallest cloverplot is 1/10 acre and it produces 2-3xs more food than the best fall plot I've ever grown.
This is why I switched to clover this year.... dad mows the trails twice a year already. He can mow the plot then. I can fertilize and spray at my convenience. Plus the benefit of it being there this time of year with milk production and antler growth. Frost seed the week spots every year.