Podcast_1 Food Plot Location Strategies
Podcast_2 Food Plot Soil Testing
Podcast_3 Food Plot Tillage and Equipment
Podcast_4 Principles of Planting
Podcast_5 Cool Season Deer Food Plots
Podcast_6 Warm Season Food Plots
Podcast_7 Controlling Weeds Deer Food Plots
Podcast_8 Yearly Summary Food Plots
Food Plot Summit - Recording through Trophy Buck Secrets
Common Cool Season Deer Food Plot Plants Selection Tool - We have built this tool to help you select from some of the most commonly used "cool season" food plot plants.
Regional Resources - "Helpful & Free" State Specific Deer Food Plot Resources. Visit Often As We Add More Areas To The List...
Articles & Resources
Other topics you may find interesting:
Whitetail Deer Food Plot - Successful plotting is like successful business, think location, location, location: and then decide what deer food plot seed to start with!
Trophy Whitetail Deer Hunting - How to create the type of habitat essential for holding those trophy whitetail deer year-round.
Deer Hunting Tips: Overcome Buck Fever - ask a group of hunters going on a big game hunt and everyone will know exactly what you are talking about...
Tips for taking better trophy photos - Deer hunting tips for the photographer in you! Learn how to take better trophy images to share with family and friends.
Late Season Whitetail - While late-season hunting has its’ advantages, such as less hunters and solid winter patterns, it definitely comes with its’ disadvantages as well.
Top 8 steps to successful food plots - From wind patterns, to natural behavior to finding a perimeter trail. All you need for a successful deer food plot.
How to Use Brassica’s to attract deer to your food plot in hunting season. Learn about Kale (brassica oleracea), Turnips (Brassica rapa) and Forage Rape (Brassica napus).
Getting Started With Whitetail Deer Food Plots: Part 1. To increase the chances of even catching a glimpse at whitetail, many enthusiasts are creating their own food plots for deer. This article helps you getting started.
Getting Started With Whitetail Deer Food Plots: Part 2. To increase the chances of even catching a glimpse at whitetail, many enthusiasts are creating their own food plots for deer. This article helps you getting started.
5 Steps to Successful Fall Planting of Whitetail Food Plots. Step 1: Soil Testing, Step 2: Mid May, Step 3: Late May-Early June, Step 4: Late June or early July, Step 5: Late July Early August.
USA Map Zone Delivery - Are you unsure about your planting zone and what deer food plot plants can generally be grown there? We have a handy reference for you to use for your food plots. Check it out here.
Cool season perennial clovers for deer food plots - Perennial and biennial clovers for your food plots. Adino white, white-dutch, red, alsike, birdsfoot trefoil, sweet clover alfalfa and chicory.
Whitetail Deer Food Plots Soil Testing Information For Americans. - Here are some resources and phone numbers if you are looking to run a soil test for your Whitetail or Mule Deer Food Plot - for Americans
Whitetail Deer Food Plots Soil Testing Information For Canadians. - Here are some resources and phone numbers if you are looking to run a soil test for your Whitetail or Mule Deer Food Plot - for Canadians
Having Trouble with food plot plant selection?. - Here are some general concepts that may help you out: The legume list is the longest.
Real Life Plot Stories
We live in Florida. Our hunting property is in South West Tennessee. Makes getting some things done really a challenge at times. We bought the property last year and did not get to spend the time on it we wanted to. It was a learning period to learn the property and deer habits. We have a better understanding now on it.
Last year we saw that some of the fields were too wide and long to be any good for day hunting. We will plant some trees in a couple of weeks to form some cover in them. We will also plant some tall crops as the trees of course will not be of any help for cover. We have some areas of smaller plots to work on for the future.
We put some lime down last year will check it with a test soon. Need to deep till the ground as we had some heavy work done cleaning out the big plots (ground was really hard). I will make a plan for this year real soon and keep in touch. Might be something for a story on long distance food plotting. Had problems last year hope to cut down on them this year?
Thank you for your help makes a guy think.
Allan Raveling, Florida
Many entities, including designer seed companies, mislead the public about food plot reparation and maintenance so as to sell seeds. Food plot work is hard work and riddled with disaster or the well intentioned but ill prepared. My first attempt was in northeast Pennsylvania where the soil pH level was 4.7.
Can you imagine the amount of lime and time it took to neutralize the soil in this non-agricultural area where the only equipment available was a hand spreader and an ATV? Needless to say, my first year's efforts resulted in a field of pristine dirt and no deer heads on the wall.
After two years, it seems like I finally have got it right.
Mike Gangadeen, Pennsylvania
Thanks for inquiring and following along in our endeavor to get some food plots growing on the 400 acres our deer lodge hunts.
It goes back some time ago where we always talked about it but didn't know where to start or have access to the equipment needed. The land was clear cut 20+ years ago so making areas that would get sunlight would be a huge job so we just decided to use the natural fields that were available.
One thing that is lacking is quality soil (Ph 5-5.5) so Rye is our main food ingredient as it tends to grow anywhere. Starting in May, we hauled an old Farm-all from 80 miles away and borrowed the neighbors rototiller to start working on the fields. This was then followed up with a few applications of Round-up using a manual hand-held sprayer. We quickly found out that this spraying method left a lot to be desired as many fields were quite spotty.
Also, keep in mind that we all live 3 hours away so trying to get to "Deer Camp" every weekend is virtually impossible. Additional applications of weed killer (Glyphosate) would have been helpful but did not happen.
August rolled around and we put in our 1st planting of Purple Top Turnips and Rape as they tend to do better in poor soils compared to other food sources but again, it was a start. August was pretty dry compared to a wet spring we had but the plants started to mature and a few helpings of 46-0-0 helped them along. This was only applied after studying the forecast where rain was indicated with a day or 2 of the application.
Some fields are better than others but the soil is definitely different around the property. In fact, one field just didn't come in and was covered in weeds.
This being our first year, a lot of this is a test so we can learn from our mistakes. Every night I read the forums regarding food plots, fertilizer, weed control etc but also realized that not having the time or equipment is going to be a challenge.
I learned very quickly that these "experts" live where their plots are and can tend to them every day and also have access to the right equipment. If anyone writes a food plot book for "Weekend Warriors", I'll buy it!
Our Rye plantings started around the 1st week of September and it was all done on a perfect day for planting = a steady rain which lasted all day. The rye is well on its way and looking at the tracks in the fields and the length of it, the deer are taking to it very well.
That's the short version and I'm sure I left out some details but in all, it was a very inexpensive 1st year where we gained a lot of knowledge but the plots will be better and larger next year as we are already making plans.
We also purchased an 1951 Ford 8N tractor with a few implements and I have access to a boom sprayer to take care of the feisty weeds. A few of the guys do not believe in food plots and hopefully the opening of gun season next week will prove them wrong but only time will tell.
I know that the plots need to be larger to support the herd as our Rape was being eaten way before any frost and chewed down to the ground in most places.
Hopefully the rye will improve our soil for future plantings as bringing in lime is too expensive but I know of a smaller plot that will get limed next year - it just happens to be within sight of my blind! :)
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