Food Plot Management
Deer/Plot Management will be articles and information to help you better understand how to prepare and manage your land.
Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Identifying Your Food Plot Acreage Needs
I’m often asked by people who want to start a food plot program, “How many acres of food plots do I need and how many plots?” Of course, the answers will depend on your particular situation, but some general guidelines developed from years of research will help you begin figuring out what’s best for you.
Let’s start with the total food plot acreage you need. If just attracting deer is your main goal, planting 2 to 3 percent of your property in food plots will get the job done. But if you want both attraction and nutrition, you’ll need 5 to 8 percent of your property in food plots, depending on how many deer you want to support.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Laying Out Your Food Plots - Part II
Distribution And Size
Ok, you have a handle on the total acreage of food plots needed, but how many plots do you need, what size should they be and where should they go. You can’t really answer any of these questions without giving thought to the others since they’re all related and interdependent. The number of plots depends in part on what size they are, and vice versa. And, in areas with limited tillable land, the distribution of the tillable land and how much of it there is at each site will go along way in determining both the number and size of food plots. Still, there are ways to come to logical decisions.
Thursday, July 02, 2015
Laying Out Your Food Plots - Part I
You like the idea of more and bigger deer on your property, and you’ve become convinced that food plots can help get you there. You’re ready to commit the time and resources necessary to get into an agricultural-based food-source management program, the kind that’ll significantly enhance the nutritional plane of the property, not just attract deer to a field. In short, you’re ready to start “farming for deer” so you can get the most from your land, investment and deer hunting. Now what?
Monday, June 08, 2015
Importance of Nutrition in Summer
While the temperature climbs and climbs through the summer and many of our minds are fixated on spending time in the water keeping cool, we often forget about those animals which we hunt each winter. Summer is one of the toughest times for deer, especially with hot summers and scarce rainfall. Tough environmental conditions are further complicated by the peaking nutritional requirements by deer in the spring and summer months. Metabolic rate for deer can double during the spring and summer months. As is such, deer need to consume more digestible forage and more of it during the summer months. Deer enjoy the new growth of the spring and summer months, but the production of natural vegetation can always use a little help. Warm season food plots are a great way to introduce additional food for deer for a reasonable cost.
Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 06/08 at 04:01 PM
Food Plot Management
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Setting Goals for An Effective Food Plot Program
If you want to attract more deer and grow bigger deer on your property you must develop an effective year-round food plot program. In other words, you will need to grow and maintain a significant amount of high-quality (year-round) food plots that will greatly enhance the nutritional plane on your property. In short, you must begin “farming for deer” not just planting a few small plots each fall to attract and harvest deer.
In order to get the most out of your property and your investment you must be willing to commit the time, money, and effort necessary to develop and implement such a program. To do this, you will need to develop a comprehensive deer management plan. This management plan will address several key management components such as nutritional management, habitat management, herd management, and harvest management. This overall deer management plan should also include a thorough evaluation of your current resources, goals, and objectives.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT – MAY 1, 2015
Tecomate’s tried and true Deer Pea Plus is a proven winner in summer nutrition for your deer herd. This great combination of our two best big-seeded peas along with forage soybeans creates an un-matched base for this nutritious and extremely attractive blend. What really sets this blend apart is the addition of milo/sorghum which helps to shield the peas and beans during the vulnerable first weeks to maximize the plants that reach maturity.
The two varieties of Cowpeas we have selected are extremely high yielding in forage mass with high protein levels and are productive throughout the summer. These forage Cowpeas, including Ebony and Iron and Clay, are generally tolerant to deer pressure and once established have great re-growth potential. Forage Soybeans are also a featured part of Deer Pea Plus, providing much needed protein and fat content for you deer while they grow their antlers.
Planting rate for our Deer Pea Plus is 22# an acre and can be planted using a Plotmaster Seeder or broadcast. Planting times vary depending on location, but typically it is to be planted anytime after the last frost (Late March to early July; depending on location). This blend is an excellent choice, especially in the Southern part of the country as the stands can last well into most bow seasons as a dynamite early fall hunting plot! If you are looking for a fast growing, high yielding, and antler building spring/summer food plot, Tecomate’s Deer Pea Plus is the blend for you.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Product Spotlight – April 17, 2015
Tecomate Strut Zone is the only perennial food plot mix on the market that is specifically formulated for wild turkeys. This mix is loaded with specific grasses and broadleaves that turkeys are highly attracted too. The special blend of clovers and a fowl favorite legume called birdsfoot trefoil, provide excellent forage and unsurpassed bugging sites. The perennial grasses supply high energy seeds for adult turkeys and brood cover for the young poults. Strut Zone is great for deer as well do to the highly nutritious and highly preferred clovers and chicory.
Tecomate Strut Zone has a planting rate of 10 lbs. per acre and comes already inoculated with our Yellow Jacket Seed Coat. Planting times vary depending on location; for northern zones it can be planted in both spring (March-May) and fall (July-September). As for the southern zone it is to be planted in the fall only (September-October). A balanced fertilizer of 13-13-13 or something similar is to be applied at a rate of 250lbs per acre.
Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 04/17 at 10:38 AM
Food Plot Management
Monday, March 30, 2015
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT – MARCH 30, 2015
Tecomate’s New Horn-Maker Xtreme is the most innovative warm season food plot blend on the market, combining Sunn Hemp with a forage soybean and two of the fastest growing forage cowpeas. Sunn Hemp’s fast growing, high production qualities provide the perfect cover for the beans and peas to establish underneath, making this blend ideal for smaller acreage food plots.
The two varieties of Cowpeas we have selected are extremely high yielding in forage mass with high protein levels and are productive throughout the summer. These forage Cowpeas are generally very tolerant to deer pressure and once established have great re-growth potential. They will also produce seeds in pods in late summer that make excellent dove and turkey food as they dry and shatter. Add to that our Forage Soybeans and you have an unprecedented mix of high forage and extreme protein levels for your deer herd!