Food Plot Management
Deer/Plot Management will be articles and information to help you better understand how to prepare and manage your land.
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
A Natural Herd
Recently, a frustrated hunter called to bemoan his lack of success and said to me, “If you had to hunt a ‘natural’ deer herd like the one I hunt, you wouldn’t have all those big bucks on your wall.”
Tip 1: The disgruntled hunter went on to describe the deer herd he hunted, which like all too many turned out to be half-starved, doe-heavy and buck-depleted. But the beleaguered caller was right about one thing – if I had to hunt a herd like that, my wall would be darned near empty. But he was dead wrong about another thing – the herd he hunted definitely was NOT NATURAL! A natural herd is well-fed and healthy, has nearly as many bucks as does and sports plenty of older bucks. Many hunters have become so accustomed to out-of-balance, over-crowded, unnatural deer herds they don’t even realize their sad state of existence.
Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 04/11 at 02:25 PM
Food Plot Management
Monday, April 03, 2017
Management Goals & Possibilities - Tip 3
Tip 3: A caution. While management does require some disciple and restraint on the trigger finger, be careful NOT to let overly strict harvest rules take the fun out of hunting, especially for the young or inexperienced. Remember, any deer a hunter is proud of is a “TROPHY” to that person! Keep hunting fun and easy for beginners. The future of hunting, indeed the future of wildlife, depends on the participation of the younger generation in hunting and on us helping them grow in their love, knowledge and appreciation of the outdoors.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Management Goals & Possibilities - Tip 2
Tip 2: How much can management improve a deer herd? A bunch! In serious nutritional programs, particularly those built around year-round food plots, we’ve seen deer numbers increase by two or threefold and the average mature buck add as much as 40 pounds and 20 inches of antler! That’s results! And, we’ve seen such results throughout the country…often on tracts once thought to be too small to manage. Tecomate is working closely with managers across the country and seeing management successes considered impossible a few years ago… while protecting the quality of the natural habitat and fair chase, both essential concerns for true sportsmen. What’s possible for YOU depends on your land, resources and commitment, but regardless of your situation, management CAN improve your hunting success and increase your outdoor enjoyment!
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Management Goals & Possibilities - Tip 1
Can management really improve your hunting? Yes…and like a well-stocked cafeteria, there’s something in it for everyone!
Tip 1: At one end of the management spectrum are the simple things, like holding off on young bucks or shooting does to keep numbers down or growing a small food plot on the “Back 40” just to attract deer. At the other extreme are intensive programs aimed at growing more and bigger bucks – programs that may include something like aggressive doe shooting, culling, predator control, strict buck harvest rules and an ambitious nutritional program aimed at vastly improving the food supply through natural habitat improvement, food plots and/or supplemental feeding. Between these extremes lies a full menu of management options, one of which will suit YOUR needs perfectly.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
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 01/19 at 09:44 AM
Food Plot Management
Thursday, August 04, 2016
Why Food Plots?
Food Plots Have Become The Hot Topic In Deer Management, But Do Plots Really Work And How Do Plots Stack Up To Natural Habitat Management And Direct Feeding? Let’s See.
The latest buzz in the deer-hunting world seems to revolve around the impact of nutritional management, particularly using food plots, on the number and size of deer a tract of land can produce. Obviously, that impact will vary by program and management intensity. But here, I want to use a simple comparison to illustrate the relative impact of supplemental (direct) feeding and food plots on the nutritional plane, thus on deer numbers and quality. I do not hold out the following numbers to be absolute; rather, they are intended to illustrate the relative nutritional impact of supplemental feeding over natural habitat and of food plots over supplemental feeding. Because of limited space, I will not try to explain every assumption and the reasoning behind it, but I’ve found these numbers to represent a fairly accurate picture of what goes on under these programs.
Choosing The Right Plants For Your Plots
It would be hard to imagine a better food plot than a really good stand of Tecomate Lablab, but does that mean Lablab is always the best food plot choice? No, it does not! Different plants do different things. You have to “prescribe” the right thing for the job. Let’s see what goes into that.
First, when buying seed, consider value, not just price. Don’t be fooled by bag size. Bigger is not necessarily better. Some of the best wildlife plantings, like clovers and chicory, come in small bags and have very low planting rates. An 8-pound bag of Tecomate Monster Mix, which consists of clover and chicory, for instance, plants a full acre. It would take 130 pounds of oats to do plant that same acre! Think in terms of cost/acre not cost/bag or cost/pound. Some big, cheap bags of seed aren’t bargains at all when you consider what how much it takes to plant an acre and what you really get.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
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.