Food Plot Management
Deer/Plot Management will be articles and information to help you better understand how to prepare and manage your land.
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
Monday, June 05, 2017
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.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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?
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.
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.