Food Plot Management
Deer/Plot Management will be articles and information to help you better understand how to prepare and manage your land.
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.
Thursday, June 02, 2016
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?
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.
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
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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
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