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8 Ways to Increase Antler Production in the Southeast

Realtree and Purina Wildlife Series are partners, along with a number of other quality companies that supply industry leading outdoor products. In addition to producing high-quality products, these companies are committed to wildlife management, habitat management and education. Bill Jordan is committed to doing whatever is necessary to continually improve...


3 Cost-Effective Land Management Tips for Hunters

Landowners or hunters interested in improving their land for wildlife will find creating openings or planting food plots to be the most effective way. Unfortunately, it is also the most costly. And of those costs, brush control is the largest, most continuous expense. Despite this concern, landowners have three brush-control...


Are Young Forests Overlooked Habitat for Whitetails?

Young forest is the new buzzword in the world of bird management and it turns out what’s good for the birds might just be the ticket for managing quality whitetails. In many states, particularly throughout the Appalachian Mountain and Great Lakes Region forest owners are being encouraged through cost share...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Buckwheat

This warm-season annual is a great food plot seed option for most hunters. It isn’t a legume or grain species. It's a forb and it can grow as tall as 4 to 5 feet in height. Crude protein levels are high, often surpassing 20 percent. Deer, turkey, waterfowl, upland birds...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Beets

While it isn’t common knowledge, beets are big in the United States. They comprise a large portion of our agricultural output each year. They’re grown for many different uses. But our favorite use is for drawing in and feeding white-tailed deer. The high level of sugar (upward of 20 percent...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Winter Peas

Winter peas. Both deer and deer hunters love them. They’re nutritious for deer and are a great draw during most of the season. It provides hunting opportunities and helps provide needed nutrition when food sources are oftentimes limited the most. This annual legume is a cool-season plant that’s high in...


How to Deal with Food Plot Pests

We usually point to things like fertilizer, weather, soil types and timing of plantings when we are considering if our food plots will thrive. But there are factors working behind the scenes that can cause damage to your food plots. Critters large and small use these plots and some of...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Alfalfa

Alfalfa. Deer love it. But when it comes to planting and growing the stuff, it isn’t for the faint of heart. (It’s difficult to keep alive.) That said, this plant is a perennial. If established well and properly kept up, it can last as long as three to five years...


What to Plant in a Half-Acre Food Plot

Most whitetail hunters do not hunt massive tracts of land with pristine hidey-hole food plots at every possible location. In my experience, half-acre plots are common and allow for the perfect mix of feeding and hunting. Assuming your spot has four to six hours of sunlight, proper soil PH and...


Easy Food Plot Planting Tips

Food plots can play a big role in feeding the local whitetail population -- especially in areas with limited food sources. That said, Mother Nature doesn't always make it easy to get the job done. Sometimes she presents tough challenges. Here are a few tips on how to overcome them...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Chicory

This food plot seed option is a solid food source for deer and other wildlife. This perennial is attractive forage, especially during the early season. It’s highly digestible and is a favorite among whitetails. It contains approximately 28 to 30 percent protein. It also has calcium, magnesium, potassium, sulfur and...


Enhance Soil Microflora to Improve Your Food Plots

With fertilizer costs on the rise, it is tempting for landowners to skip fertilizing their food plots this fall and assume that soil nutrients are adequate. As long as the soil has ample residual nutrients for the next planting, skipping fertilizer won't hurt. But testing the soil in food plots...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Oats

Oats. Come fall and winter, it’s what’s for dinner. This cool-season food source is extremely attractive during colder late-fall and winter days. This is an excellent choice for deer hunters who like to plant cereal grains. This plant species is very high in carbohydrates — which is what helps deer...


How to Plant Chestnut Trees for Deer

The chestnut was the primary mast crop food source for whitetails until all were wiped out nearly a century ago. Recent studies have shown even modern deer that have never encountered them in the wild prefer chestnuts over acorns 100:1. Now, we're finally to the point where we can bring...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Radishes

Radishes are part of the brassicas family along with turnips, canola and rapeseed. It’s a very popular food-plot choice throughout most of the country and deer gravitate to it where it’s available. This food-plot seed variety is a very good option for most deer hunters. Like most brassicas, radishes are...


How to Use Food Plot Enclosures to Prevent Overgrazing

Are you having trouble with deer eating your food plots down before they can become established? It might be time to do something about that. Here's how. Don't Miss: 10 Things to Use as Food Plot Screens Are you a deer hunter wanting to learn how to accomplish your goals?...


What You Need to Know About Planting Food Plots

Planting food plots is a fun and engaging activity that most deer hunters enjoy. It gets you afield, benefits the deer population, and can even enhance your hunting efforts if done strategically. Here are five steps to planting a food plot, and then another video that explains proximity and how...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Turnips

As an avid food plotter, I’m a fan of many different plant species. I get all too excited about what I plan to plant each year. Might even be a little fruity about it. But hey, it’s muh passion, brah. All jokes aside, turnips rank high on that list. As...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant White Clover

White clover just might be one of the best all-around legume food sources for deer. It’s highly nutritious, fairly hardy, and is often overlooked due to other clover variety options. Nonetheless, white clover has earned its spot in the world of food plots. This high-protein seed option requires less maintenance...


10 Things to Use as Food Plot Screens

There was one particular food plot deer always used in daylight. The rest of my food plots looked like a vacant motel scene. But I couldn’t quite figure out why this one particular food plot produced so much daytime action. What did that one have that the others didn’t? All...


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