Food Plot Management
Deer/Plot Management will be articles and information to help you better understand how to prepare and manage your land.
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!
Monday, March 23, 2015
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT – MARCH 24, 2015
Tecomate Sunn Hemp is an excellent choice for warm season food plot planting and a superior source for antler growing protein. This super fast growing tropical legume can get as tall as 6 feet in only 60 days. This is why this plant has been commonly used for organic soil building, nitrogen fixation, and cover crops. Research has shown that Sunn Hemp is about 28% - 30% protein, which is more than enough to provide bucks the nutrition they need to reach full genetic potential.
When you combine all the qualities of Sunn Hemp you get a phenomenal food plot plant. It is browse resistant due to its super fast growth, it produces tons of tonnage (2.5 tons of green forage per acre), and its high protein production makes Sunn Hemp the forage plant of the future. Tecomate Sunn Hemp has a planting rate of 15 lbs. per acre and comes already inoculated with our Yellow Jacket Seed Coat. Planting times vary depending on location, but typically it is to be planted anytime after the last frost.
Monday, March 03, 2014
Gallagher Fencing: The Secret Service of Food Plots
I live in a region of the north east USA (eastern shore of Maryland) that has a high deer population and despite management efforts to the best of our ability our regional deer population is quite challenging to keep up with. We have massive agriculture that helps feed these animals and when you combine that with impenetrable swamp and marsh cover, it’s a recipe for population explosion; among other factors. It is a tuff chore but we do our best.
When I started full time in the Land Management business 7 years ago, one of the initial challenges I faced with respect to warm season annual food plots (soybean, corn, Lablab, etc) was deer over-browsing. For the small scale food plotter, high deer numbers and browse pressure can be just like flushing your money down the toilet in these conditions. You spend hard earned dollars on quality seed, fertilizer, fuel and time yet the deer wipe your plot clean before it even has a chance. Now in fairness, isn’t that really what food plots were intended for? Perhaps, but wouldn’t it be nice to see how aggressive and productive your food plots could be if the deer did not feed on them? Well, I want to tell you about something that has not only changed my business completely as a professional land manager. But has helped put more high quality-much needed food in the mouths of wildlife during the most critical time of the season…winter!