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Monday, August 20, 2018
Laying Out Your Food Plots - Part II

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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.

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Posted by David Morris on 08/20 at 02:21 PM
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Monday, August 06, 2018
Laying Out Your Food Plots - Part I

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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?

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Posted by David Morris on 08/06 at 02:21 PM
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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
My Summer Food Plot System for the Deep South

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170! This is the gross score of a buck that every hunter dreams of harvesting in a lifetime. So every year around this time hunters start preparing for the up coming season by hanging stands, fine tuning their bow, shooting their rifle, along with many other things. As hunters, we hope all of these efforts will lead to posing for a picture of that 170-inch whitetail. Preparing for the hunt is always more important than the hunt itself.  So I guess the question is, “Have you done all the necessary preparation on your hunting property?”

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Posted by Mark Newell on 07/25 at 02:21 PM
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Monday, June 11, 2018
Importance of Nutrition in Summer

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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.

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 06/11 at 05:28 PM
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Shed Antlers or Shed Horns?

Finding sheds can be great way to get outside after a long winter when cabin fever starts to set in, get some exercise due to holiday meals, or do some preseason scouting.  Maybe there is that target buck you’re after or simply wanting to add to your growing shed collection.  Whatever the reason, here’s a few tips to help you find your next shed!

1. Take it easy!  Trying to walk too fast will often make you walk right past a shed.  I like to cover trails, fence lines, and open fields, but when I get in the timber…  its best to scan the area.  Maybe walk a few steps and look 360 degrees with your eyes.  That shed could be on the other side of some blow down and if you don’t look behind you, you will never see it.  Bring a set of binos with you.  Pick a spot to sit and scan a cut bean field, or pond dam.  Too many times when I first got into shed hunting that I walked right past a shed only to have a buddy scoop it up that was slowly bringing up the rear. 

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Posted by Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 04/11 at 05:06 PM
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Shed Antler Hunting - Part II

Techniques For Finding Sheds
A new shed antler search technique is getting even more people involved in this non-consumptive sport.  The technique, called the “shed drive,” is similar to the deer drive hunting technique so popular in the Midwest.  The shed drive involves organizing your partners in a line with each member evenly spaced across the line at the edge of the area to be searched.  Drive members then walk through the area, picking up sheds along the way, until everyone meets at the opposite end of the area (where you have hopefully previously left a vehicle for transport back to the starting point!).  This technique is growing in popularity because of the camaraderie shared among members.  And because all members can take part in the excitement whenever someone finds a shed.  During shed drives, hunting becomes a team effort, strengthening friendships and providing free entertainment and lasting memories.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 03/28 at 02:40 PM
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Monday, March 19, 2018
Shed Antler Hunting - Part I


As soon as I noticed the sun glare off the tip of the antler tine, I knew which buck had shed the antler that lay on the deer trail in front of me.  It was the right side shed antler from a buck I had passed the previous fall with bow and arrow in hand, as well as a buck for which we had dozens of trail camera photos.  He was the largest buck on our Iowa property that we knew survived the previous hunting season.  And a buck I hoped to have in front of me again the next hunting season!

As luck would have it, the shed buck mentioned above, not only survived to the following year’s hunting season, but he gained more than 20 inches in gross Boone and Crockett Club score and added eight antler points.  On top of this, I was the lucky hunter who was able to put a harvest tag on this magnificent buck when I killed him last December!  The icing on the cake was the fact that my brother Jason missed the buck minutes before my opportunity… and everything was caught on video!  The 194-inch buck is the largest I have ever killed.  Thanks to my interest in shed hunting, I can now display the shed antler beside the pedestal mount of the buck.

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Posted by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson on 03/19 at 02:40 PM
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Soil Testing 101

One of my favorite parts of hunting is planting food plots for the animals I enjoy to pursue. I believe we as hunters have a special relationship with the dirt and a special desire to better the property we have been given control over. So with all of that being said, it is of vital importance to know the nutrient content and pH of your soil before any kind of preparation or planting is to be done. Also, food plots are grown on a wide variety of soil types and fertilizer requirements can vary greatly depending on what’s going on in the soil. How do I achieve this data, you may ask? A simple soil test is the answer. A soil test will reveal everything you need to know about the soil to plant most anything. However, soil test results can be very complex, but there are only two bits of information that are essential in the planting process that you will need to know: Soil pH and Soil Chemistry (N-P-K).

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Posted by Mark Newell on 02/14 at 07:40 PM
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