I couldn’t resist taking some holiday time to find a new spot for a fall food plot (Plot 3). After some searching I picked a spot between a known bedding area and agricultural fields, this spot also has some other bonuses, acorns and a mess of sticker bushes. I cleared out a 20ft by 15ft spot with a rake and marked the trees I need to remove and took a soil sample and used a weed eater to forge a path back to my other food plots. While waiting for my soil sample results I returned to the site of my next food plot and removed the trees I had previously marked and I was pleased to see the bare ground I cleared filled with large deer tracks. I had a suspicion this was an area used by a bachelor group of bucks. I looked around pretty well and didn’t see any small tracks which leads me to believe that the young doe and the adult doe with fawns are on the other side of the wood lot. At least now I have a good idea od where my deer are at so I can focus on their needs and can start to condition them to other supplements while my food plots are growing. I should have my soil sample results on Monday June 4th, I’ll continue this when I get my soil sample results via email.

Written on June 4th, 2012 , Archery Pre Season

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    Rando commented

    What is your response when someone says that planting and hunting over food plots is just like baiting. I personally feel food plots are just bait locations.

    June 7, 2012 at 11:32 pm
      Nate commented

      Great comment Rando. When I think of baiting I think of the word conditioning, you hear this word over and over on hunting shows and it’s a nice way to say baiting. Now for food plots anything planted can be a food plot, like a corn field, alfalfa, soy beans or any agricultural field but food plots for me personally are planted for three reasons. First quality browse, secondly herd health and lastly hunting. Food plots also help to increase or maintain the carrying capacity of the property I hunt. One last note, when you watch hunting shows and see huge buck being harvested, nutrition is a key element (and of course genetics) to the health of the deer heard and the antler growth of all ages of bucks. Go to Nhttp://www.plantbiologic.com/t-foodplotbasics.aspx and read the article The Role of Food Plots in Wildlife Habitat Management.

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      June 7, 2012 at 11:55 pm
        Rando commented

        After reading your reply to my question about baiting and food plots I have to honestly say I see how different people have different perspectives on the issue of food plots. I personally put out minerals in early spring and into late summer but the minerals are gone and I don’t put out anymore for a good 60 days before the archery season starts. I also read the article you recommended and I found it very interesting. I think I might have to change my concept of baiting. Thanks for the helpful information. Oh by the way I have noticed the word “conditioning” a lot on hunting shows, I never really noticed it before but your right on the money. Thanks again and keep your posts coming.

        June 14, 2012 at 9:40 am
          Nate commented

          Rando, no problem glad I could help you look at food plots in a new light. Anyone who hunts deer should want a healthy herd and big buck, and in order to do that you need to give them more nutrition at key times of the antler growing cycle. You can achieve this in different ways and food plots are one of those ways, just as you use minerals. Food plots are not a bad thing and to look at them as some evil baiting scheme is a horrible way to perceive them. They are a tool and I’m sure if people had the resources to grow a food plot they would or they should. Thanks for the question and thanks for visiting our little blog and keep your comments coming in. I hope to get a reply from you in a few months telling be about the deer you harvested this year.

          June 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

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