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Annual Clover: The Underrated Food Source For Deer Nutrition

When hunters think of clovers, generally its the perennial variety. The benefits of white and red clovers are phenomenal. Add in chicory and you have a high powered food source for 9+ months a year. But what about annual clovers? You'll see on our seed tags, we use a lot of annual clovers in our fall mixes. These clovers are an incredible nurse crop for brassicas and other nitrogen loving forages. Corn, Sunflowers, and Brassica mine a high amount of nitrogen from the soil. Lets take a look at 3 annuals that have high benefits for your soil and have high nutritional value for wildlife! Frosty Berseem Frosty Berseem has provided amazing results in our test plots. With quality protein...

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Herbicide Basics For Food Plots

Controlling weeds is a big key in successful food plots. To many weeds can easily choke out a plot that you've invested so much time and money into. Here are a list of a few herbicides you can use to have that beautiful plot you've always dreamed of! Glyphosate Commonly referred to as Roundup, this non-selective herbicide is the most commonly used product for food plot preparation. The term non-selective means it will kill any plant that it comes in contact with. Weeds must be actively growing for Glyphosate to be carried to the root system, which means spraying when weeds are 4-6'' in height is a great time for a successful kill. This herbicide will not remain active in...

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Food Plots: Expectations vs Reality

When planting food plots the expectation many have is that they will not only see more deer activity, but more mature bucks. If hunted properly this can be a realistic goal. However, when food plots become high pressured deer activity will shift to well after dark. Here are three examples of expectations we’ve heard that we are quick to shed some light on: Expectation: “My food plot will keep the deer from going to the neighbors.’’ Reality: Unless you’re hunting high fence deer, there is no such thing as a guarantee in the whitetail woods. Even the best habitat managers lose big bucks to their neighbors. Having a sanctuary bedding area along with unpressured food and water are the keys to...

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The Powerline Property

Notes & Suggestions from the Powerline Property Key: Red: Property Line; Orange: Entrance Route; Yellow: Current Logging Road; Purple: Suggested Trail Improvements; White: Defender Screen; Neon Green: Food Plot; Light Blue: Food Plot; Green (between plots): Fall Focused Plot Suggestions: -If possible, get permission from the neighbor to access property on the north side of the old railroad bed. -Improve deer travel corridor on the south end of the property (purple) with tree removal and hinge cutting. Create a new travel corridor to north plot (purple) from the current logging road. Improve logging road by planting Shade Mix around Labor Day weekend. If needed, hinge trees on the west side of the trail and drop them towards the food plot...

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Creating Continuous Deer Movement

Here’s a breakdown of a recent parcel we checked out: This particular field is approximately 8 acres. The red line is strictly just the outline of the field, it doesn’t represent a particular planting. Deer bedding is on both the east and west side making the entry to this plot strictly from the north and south. The lightly shaded area between the red outline and the yellow, purple, and black will represent tall grasses. This is currently a fallow field with all overgrown grasses. We’ve suggested leaving those fallow grasses in these areas or adding Native Bedding or Defender depending on entry/exit. Mowing a few lanes and planting some perennial clover in particular areas we know deer use heavily to...

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