Do You Plan to Plant Food Plots This Year?
I haven’t always planted food plots. I hunted whitetails for about 15 years before I ever planted the first food plot. Did I kill deer back then without them? Sure I did. But am I willing to sacrifice the power of food plots now that I’ve experienced their value? Not a chance.
I’ve met and talked to a lot of people who swear food plots don’t do anything for them. To them I say they aren’t doing it right. When I first started planting food plots, I didn’t see much of a return. I wasn’t taking the right steps to plant a food plot. I wasn’t designing my food plots correctly. I wasn’t choosing the right seeds for my regional and specific location. I was just tossing some seed on the ground and waiting for it to grow.
Bonus Read: How to Plant a Food Plot
It’s important to plant food plots based on your goals. Always take the right steps to plant a successful food plot. Take soil samples. Spray weeds before breaking ground. Adequately work up the soil up. Optimize daylight usability by locating food plots close to quality bedding cover and water. Choose a shape that will help direct deer movement (U-, V-, T-, J-, L- or X-shaped food plots are best — use standing corn or Egyptian wheat to help create the shape). Also, choose a seed that will grow well in your area and that will mature during the period you will be hunting the most. Decide how much to plant. Lastly, choose something that the deer you hunt can’t get elsewhere, or at least supplement your plots with a blend of seeds.
Bonus Read: 5 Food Plots for Procrastinators
There’s a lot to keep in mind when planting food plots. But if you’re taking on the challenge this year, take a look at these 10 food plot seed options from Evolved and decide which one is right for you.