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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

We all want to help wildlife, but not everyone owns a large tract of land. Are there certain things that a landowner on a smaller plot of land, say 10 to 20 acres, can do? “Absolutely,” said Bryan Burhans, director of land management programs for the National Wild Turkey Federation...


What to Do After Buying Hunting Land

So 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 at your disposal. Spend several days...


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...


5 Steps to a Successful Food Plot

Food is a driving force of our daily life, and for good reason. After all, we are animals and all animals have to eat. So how does this affect us in hunting the animals we hunt? It really boils down to the food. In wildlife management, food plots are an...


3 Ways to Hold More Deer on Your Land

The first step in managing a property should be to improve the carrying capacity of whatever game animal, or animals, you want to hunt. Immediately talk to your local USDA/NRCS agent and let them help determine what you need to do. They should also be able look at maps of...


How Much Land to Plant in Food Plots

Opening day of gun season found me perched 14 feet in the air, sitting in my tripod stand and monitoring a food plot 100 yards in front of me. Less than an hour later, my sabot slug took down a fat, 8-point buck, making all the time and sweat equity...


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,...


The Ultimate Food Plot Plan

Growing food plots and providing year-round nutrition for whitetails can dramatically add to your success as a deer manager as well as a hunter. Simply put, whitetails are going to be where the “groceries” are, and providing easy access to food will significantly enhance your hunting area . However, simply...


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.


Annuals vs. Perennials

With food plot season well underway, there are still some decisions to be made ... and mistakes to be learned from. You might find more questions than absolute truths. The first head-scratcher probably involves what to plant, a major consideration of which is the choice of annuals or perennials. Annual...


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...


10 Reasons Why Your Food Plots Are Failing

You've tilled. Planted. Fertilized. Weeks later, that food plot is still as brown as a flooded river. You scratch your head and hope things go a little better the next time around. But each time you try to plant a food plot, the results are the same. Plants don't grow...


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