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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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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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