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Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Cereal Rye

Commonly confused with rye grass, cereal rye is a much better option for wildlife. While rye grass is poor in health value and palatability, cereal rye will benefit the deer you’re planting it for. Grown as a grain crop, it is most commonly consumed by wildlife (and livestock) during the...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Alyce Clover

Alyce clover originated in Asia but is another great seed option right here at home. Deer love this annual legume due to its higher glucose levels and sweeter taste. It’s high in protein (15 percent) and provides nutrients necessary to boost both milk production in lactating does and antler growth...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Chufa

Chufa is a warm-season perineal sedge that is high in health value — both for humans and turkeys. It has 30 percent fiber, 10 percent protein and 15 percent carbohydrates. It even has high levels of vitamins A and B. While numerous wildlife species benefit from it, this is a...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Lablab

Lablab is one of the best early season food sources available for deer. It’s a warm-season annual legume like soybeans and different varieties of peas. It contains approximately 25 to 30 percent protein and provides many nutrients necessary for a healthy deer diet. At its peak, lablab can produce as...


How to Plant Clovers for Wildlife

Grasses and clovers are good plants to use in your wildlife openings and are especially important to wild turkeys. They offer excellent foraging and brood habitat for adult wild turkeys and turkey poults. These plants produce a large amount of seeds, which benefit mature birds, and attract hordes of insects,...


Planting Dogwood Trees for Wildlife

Very few trees are appreciated more than a flowering dogwood. From Maine to Michigan and Texas to Florida, flowering dogwoods beautify the understory of mature hardwood forests and decorate communities with their lovely spring flowers and vibrant autumn foliage. Indeed, dogwoods are a year-round favorite, valuable to man and beast...


How to Plant a Winter Wheat Food Plot

The best winter wheat crops have to have a healthy, vigorous start, good tillering (shoot growth) and be well established before winter hits. DeltAg Seed Coat is a dry biostimulant formulation designed for hopper box seed treatment in the field. Seed Coat, applied at a rate of 4 ounces per...


What Deer Hunters Should Know About Honeysuckle

Love it or hate it, honeysuckle is here to stay. Wildlife managers and hunters, particularly in the South, recognize honeysuckle as a significant browse species for white-tailed deer. The leaves provide a year-round, highly digestible, quality forage with reported protein contents ranging from nine to 20 percent, depending on time...


American Chestnut: The Favorite Deer Food from the Past

If you were suddenly cast back in time to the Appalachian mountain range at the turn of the 20th Century, you would find it almost unrecognizable compared to today. In the absence of regulated hunting and the presence of market gunning and poaching, many wildlife species like deer and turkey...


Why You Should Plant Fall Food Plots for Deer

There has always been a special coalition between man and the land with which we are briefly entrusted. Whether you’re a row crop farmer in the Midwest or a cattle rancher in Texas, an internal passion burns. Regardless if we own 10,000 acres or lease 100, the opportunity to act...


8 Tips to Improve Hunting on Small Properties

Land ownership and land management often go hand-in-hand. It's difficult to get permission to make big changes to properties you don't own. But, for those who own land, are there certain things landowners on smaller plots of land, say 10 to 20 acres, can do? “Absolutely,” said Bryan Burhans, director...


What to Do After Buying Hunting Land

So, thanks to Realtree United Country , you just closed on the 200-acre tract of land that you had your eye on for some time. You want to turn this into your own personal wildlife refuge, but first you must evaluate your land and figure out what tools you have...


How to Make Your Land Better for Turkey Hunting

If you manage hunting property, whether it’s a 50-acre family farm or a multiple-member lease, wild turkeys likely figure into your plans – at least to an extent. Deer get the most attention, and food plots and improvements intended for deer certainly benefit turkeys. But by specifically managing for turkeys...


How to Improve Your Hunting Land

After weeks and months of sweat equity, you will eventually begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. After many long hours of cutting brush, burning, tilling food plots, planting fruit trees and fertilizing natural forage, your final product is ready for you to reap the benefits...


Natural Food Sources for Deer

Unless you don’t read hunting magazines or watch hunting shows on television, you’ve probably noticed how popular hunting over food plots has become. Every magazine has articles on how to grow food plots, how to care for food plots and how to hunt over food plots. Few magazines discuss the...


Facts about Food Plots You Should Know

Nutrition is important all year for whitetails as they experience two stress periods annually. Winter stress is obvious during periods of snow and cold when little food is available, but deer also experience stress during summer as they require vast amounts of nutrition for body maintenance and growth, antler growth...


How to Plant Clover Plots

Grasses and clovers are good plants to use in your wildlife openings and are especially important to wild turkeys. They offer excellent foraging and brood habitat for adult wild turkeys and turkey poults. These plants produce a large amount of seeds, which benefit mature birds, and attract hordes of insects,...


Realtree is New Holland Smart

Ever wonder what it takes to keep Realtree Farms up and running? Well, here's a look at some of the key tools. Realtree's Bill Jordan was featured in New Holland's Smart campaign and provides a glimpse into the work that takes place at Realtree Farms.


Are You Wasting Money on Food Plots?

It's happening right now. Money is being wasted. Time is being squandered. And it's all on account of food plots. Yes, that's right. You are wasting your time and your money with food plots. I said it. I stand by it. The gauntlet has been dropped. There must come a...


Make a Food Plot Without a Tractor

I'm a different sort of food plotter. I don't own any land. In fact, about 50 percent of my hunting each year will be done on public land. I don't own any heavy equipment. Aside from an ATV, all of my food plot "implements" can fit in a backpack. I'll...


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