Food Plot Management
Deer/Plot Management will be articles and information to help you better understand how to prepare and manage your land.
Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Different Plots For Different Seasons
You know, it’s not all that hard to plant something that will attract deer, but why not take the same money, effort and time and plant plots that will also provide good nutrition? We call plantings that are both attractive and nutritious “complete plots.” Today, I want to talk about just such plots. And be assured: You do NOT have to give up nutrition to get attraction. Quite the contrary, deer innately seek out and eat what is good for them, and some of the most attractive plants are also the most nutritious.
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.
Monday, August 20, 2018
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.
Monday, August 06, 2018
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 11, 2018
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 06/11 at 05:28 PM
Food Plot Management
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Management Minute with David Morris!
Good reproduction is key in management and the engine that powers a program. Simply stated, the number of deer coming into the herd will determine the number YOU can take out. The reproductive rate is the number of fawns per adult (1½ and older) doe entering the fall population. Don’t confuse the number of fawns born with the number entering the fall population. A lot of fawns can die between the time they are born and the fall. Being born is easy; surviving for 5 or 6 months is not…when you’re a fawn. Nutritional stress, bad weather and predation are the main culprits in poor reproduction. Coyotes especially can be a huge factor in fawn survival.
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.