Prepare Deer Hunting Food Plots

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Now is the time to start preparing your deer hunting food plots if you are serious about big bucks.

deer hunting food plots

Proper soil preparation is key to good food plots.

It’s that time again to plant those spring food plots for those big bucks. Now is the time to start getting ready because soon it will be time to go hunting. There are a lot of things you can do to get your property ready for planting those food plots. If you are like me someone who is serious about big bucks, I wanted to outline some of the things you need to do to start preparing and planting your deer hunting food plots. Here are a few things that you need to think about before you start.

Plant Deer Hunting Food Plots

1. Deciding where you should plant

A. When deciding where to plant choose places away from public roads and property lines. This should decrease the chances of poaching.

B. Pick a site that will retain some moisture.

C. Choose a location and a size and shape for the plot

2.Preparing to plant

A. Soil testing tells you how much lime and fertilizer is needed to grow a certain crop to its best potential. Soil testing should be done every two years.

3. Soil Preparation

A. Remove the existing vegetation

B. Apply lime and fertilizer

C. Plow, disc, or till the fertilizer into the soil before spreading the seed gets best results.

4. Decide what to plant

A. What’s the purpose of the plantings?

B. You want the deer to be attracted to the plot

C. You want the deer to be able to easily digest it

D. You want the plot to provide plenty of protein and energy to the deer E. Pick seeds best for your food plot sites, soil, climate.

5. Cover the seed properly

6. Maintenance

A. Weed control

B. apply additional lime and fertilizer

Preparing properly should increase your success for big bucks. You will be glad you took the time to prepare your property properly to have the best food sources available for the whitetails where you hunt.

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Food Plots Key Deer Hunting Success

Now that deer season is winding down and winter is upon us, food plots are more important than ever for the whitetail deer.

Food Plots Are A Key Factor

A great place on your deer hunting property to harvest late season big bucks is food plots.

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Hunt trails leading to and from food plots for late season success.

Learning the whitetails feeding habits can help you figure out where to set up to get a shot at one of the big bucks after the rut is over and food becomes critical for the deer to survive the harsh winter.

I like to look for trails leading to and from food plots or crops and set up down wind of these trails. I like to get close to what I believe is the bedding area, but not too close that I let the deer know that I am there. That is why it is important to make sure the wind is in your favor and be as quiet as possible to avoid being busted by the whitetails.

Deer Hunting Transition Areas

Yesterday was the last day of rifle season here in Kansas. But I still plan on doing some serious deer hunting. I haven’t been able to harvest a whitetail this deer season but I’m not giving up just yet. I plan on setting up on the trails that I have found leading to the corn fields where I am deer hunting. If you have crops on your property just find the trails leading to and from them and get close to the bedding area in the transition area. The big bucks can lose up to 30 percent of their body weight during the rut. So once the rut is over they start feeding like crazy to replace the fat they lost to get ready for the tough winter months ahead. If your property doesn’t have food plots or crops look for acorns or grasses, if the frost has taken it’s toll on the grasses and the acorns are gone the whitetails turn to browsing on maple, red and white oak, cedar, sumac, basswood, apple.

It may be late deer season, but that doesn’t mean it is over yet. If you are having a tough time harvesting a big deer like me, don’t give up just yet.

It only takes one hunt to make a great season, if things haven’t worked out for you this year the way you had hoped, don’t let it get you down. The main thing is to keep trying and be persistent. Persistence pays off, hard work pays off. I have a friend that harvested the biggest buck of his life many years ago on the last evening on the last day of the season. It was New Years day and I had already given up on getting a trophy whitetail that year but he hadn’t, he was in his stand right before dark on the last day of the season and just before dark he shot the biggest whitetail of his 55 years of hunting. So even if the rut is over and my chances don’t look too good I’m not giving up just yet. I look at it like each time I go and don’t see anything the better my chances get at harvesting that buck of a lifetime. And food sources are going to be the way I plan on getting that monster.

 

Food Plots Improve Property

Do you want to improve your food plots for deer hunting?

If you want to improve your deer hunting doing these five things will help your property tremendously.

If you want to improve your deer hunting doing these five things will help your property tremendously.

If you lease or own your land there are some things that you can do to improve your deer hunting tremendously. Here is a list of 5 things you can do to improve your deer hunting property.

Food Plots

1.Food Plots- In my book having food plots is the number one thing you can do to improve your hunting property for big bucks. Whitetails eat five to eight pounds of food every day for each one hundred pounds of body weight.

food plots

One of the best ways to improve your deer hunting property is to add food plots.

Food plots provide quality nutrition at the times of year when the deer need it the most. During fawn bearing, antler growth, and winter when food is scarce. Providing good nutrition will improve the overall well being of your deer herd.

2.Control burn- Every year around February or March we control burn our hunting property. We plow fire breaks and clean the brush out from around our deer stands, then we wait for the conditions to be right and then burn. We have to obtain a permit to be able to burn. You need to make sure you have the proper permit when burning. Each state may have different requirements so be sure to check with the proper authorities in your location.

3.Plant trees and shrubs- Some of the popular trees and shrubs are saw tooth oak, wild plum, crab apple, persimmon, honeysuckle, Hawthorne, dogwood, apple, pecan.

4.Supplemental feeding-High protein is very good for antler growth. During the winter supplemental feeding can help deer survive the harsh winter. We have three feeders on our hunting property. They are a great place to set up trail cameras. You can see that trophy buck up close and watch him grow. We’ve had a nice 150 class buck on camera for several years. He has outsmarted us so far though.

5.Managing the herd-Buck to doe ratio is important. With a one to one being ideal. One to three is acceptable. Increase your doe harvest and decrease your buck harvest depending on the ratio of your herd. Protect your yearling bucks. Let bucks grow to three and a half years old at least, with five and a half being preferred. Impose size restrictions on bucks. Set a width and number of points restriction. A lot of clubs have restrictions of as wide as its ears and eight points or better.

You can really improve your hunting property by doing these five things. If you hunt public land then you don’t have to worry about this stuff. In some states the public land is being managed very well to ensure a healthy deer herd. With some really nice bucks being harvested.