The Importance of Food Plots

Jon Boyd

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Hunting season is fast appoaching and soon many green fields will be full of mature Whitetail Deer. Now is the oppurtune time to sow those early fall and late winter season food plots. Here in the Northeast, I will typically plant a clover plot for my late summer/early fall season whitetail deer herd. Successful late winter food sources can be turnips, beets and winter peas. Winter food plots must be able to withstand freezing temperatures here in the Northeast as well as drough conditions. Whitetail Deer love the taste of winter greens, due to the high source of nutrition for those cold winter temperatures. Food plots play an important role in analyzing your deer herd numbers and overall health this time of year. Generally speaking, all food plots can be categorized into two types: Nutritional food plots and Harvest food plots.

Nutritional food plots will offer forage during all seasons, usually high in nutrition. These plots usually will utilize a perential seed such as Chickory, Clover or Alfalfas. Perennial food plots appeal to wildlife managers and hunters alike because they provide permanent vegetative cover and do not have to be replanted every year. Thus saving time and money. Products like Whitetail Institutues "Imperial Brand Clover" and "Alfa-Rack Plus" are great examples of such seeds.

Harvest food plots or "Kill Zones" as I like to call them are smaller, more dense food plots that are stategically placed for maximizing daytime Whitetail Deer encounters. Harvest plots if planted properly will give the advantage to the hunter. The size and actual shape of these food plots must be considered to provide easy kill opportunities. Dominate wind direction and bed area locations all need to be taken in to effect when planning a food plot geared towards harvesting that trophy Whitetail.


Planting dates and information for each product vary by region as well as by product. Many seed supply companies offer soil sample testing and results to better assist the hunter in the condition of the soil to ensure proper seed germination and growth.


With the assistance of an established whitetail nutrition company such as Whitetail Institute, customers can be advised not only what types of food plots to use for their region but also the proper fertilization and soil testing to planting techniques. Good luck out there this year and most important of all, be safe!


Posted by Jon Boyd under Articles, Hunting, Hunting Questions on July 20, 15 12:40 PM | Permalink

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