Doing Food Plots Right

In mid June the TV weather man said we had one of the main ingredients of a successful food plot in the forecast, several days of rain. I needed to plant and quick. My buddy Perry Wicker volunteered to plow the plot and we got going.

It’s been dry lately and the native grass is mostly brown and dried out. This is how my soon to be food plot looked before we started.

First Perry mowed out the food plot area. The close up picture is deceiving, this plot is 20 yards wide and 35 yards long. It’s small.

Perry used my Rope Ratchets to fasten two large rocks to the top of the plow to add weight.

Then he got to work with his smallish but powerful yard tractor.

He plowed the entire area several times, round and round.

There were issues. The ground was so dry and hard the plow was not getting down deep enough into the ground. If the weather predictions were right it would rain tonight or in the morning. We decided to finish the job after the upcoming rain.

Perry left his tractor in the field. Later I saw some deer in the woods and took their picture while I watched their reaction to the tractor.

Surprise, after watching the area a while the deer walked over to the plowed food plot area.

Maybe I should borrow that yard tractor during deer season…


My seed mixes of choice this year are Hi Pro Forage from Heartland Wildlife Institute, a mixture that produces a lot of high protein biomass that is great for areas with lots of deer, which is our area. Also I am using Heartland’s Rack Maker a perennial alfalfa based mix perfect for sandy soils. Very high in protein for bigger antlers and healthier deer. This mix is heat tolerant as well as winter hardy and will grow almost everywhere in the U.S.