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Understanding High Quality Kill Plots

Food plots offer an incredible opportunity to attract deer when hunted properly. With a non invasive stand approach and adequate bedding cover nearby, having a high quality food source is sure to attract a good number of whitetails. If you're not seeing daylight movement in your plots it's likely due to over-hunting. Introducing a high quality kill plot is a strategy that could greatly improve your chances of seeing more mature deer on your property. Strategic Kill Plots This 350 acre parcel has a restored prairie planting on the northwest side, multiple secluded ag and food plots locations, and great bedding opportunities throughout the property. After a property tour we decided to leave the centralized 20 acre woodlot into a sanctuary...

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The Preserve Propery

Basic Necessities  During our property tours, there are 3 main things we look for during our walk through:  1. Cover: Where do the deer bed? Is there adequate cover to hold deer? Is there a sanctuary area in place?  2. Food & Water: Is there adequate food on the property? Is there a secluded food source? What’s the main source of food the deer are eating? Is there adequate water on the property? 3. Stand Placement: What’s the prevailing wind? What’s the enter/exit strategy?  Here are the notes and improvements we plan to make for this clients for this season.  Cover -The property sits next to a 2,000+ nature preserve. The preserve offers plenty of bedding opportunity but no readily...

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October Success Begins in January (Part 3 of 3)

Part 3: Putting Your Plan To Action Now that we've discussed all of the various planning stages, its time to start putting the work in. Hopefully you've started collecting some pictures of your target bucks for the 2019 season and are ready to hit the ground running with your habitat improvements and food plots! Today, we will show you exactly how we plan to improve one of the properties we hunt! Property Overview This particular parcel is approximately 16 acres. We really don't have much in terms of topography change, meaning this property is fairly flat. At ground level, the Northeast corner would be considered the highest point, and the Southeast corner being the low point that actually does hold...

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October Success Begins in January (Part 2 of 3)

Part 2: Habitat Planning: What You Need Reflecting on the 2018 deer season, how would you rate your season? Often times we want to rate our season based off of shooting our target buck or filling X number of tags. If that were the case I would be disappointed more seasons than I'd like to admit. Were you disappointed at the end of the 2018 deer season? If so, what are you going to do to make sure that 2019 is better?  Our 2018 Season in Review My business partner and I had the privilege of hunting 6 parcels of land, including public ground in 2019. We both ended up with our buck tags in our pocket when the season...

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October Success Begins in January (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1: Deer Inventory & Food Plot Planning Are we ever really done chasing whitetails? Over the final weeks of the season, I can honestly say that I am almost as excited for the off season as I am for opening day. I truly appreciate and enjoy the process of building a better property and creating a place where the deer WANT to be. It's also an exciting time to start creating a list of target bucks for October! Deer Inventory Now is the perfect time to have your trail cameras and feed stations in place! Many hunters will pull their cameras due to the harsh conditions, but if you have a good food source or feed in place it is...

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