Food Plot Management
Deer/Plot Management will be articles and information to help you better understand how to prepare and manage your land.
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, April 30, 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.
Tecomate Wildlife Systems on 04/30 at 03:36 PM
Food Plot Management
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
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!
Bowen Slade on 03/30 at 10:25 AM
Food Plot Management
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.