How To Grow A Food Plot For Deer

  1. Site Selection:

    • Choose an open field or a forest clearing that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day.
    • Avoid areas with poor drainage or frequent flooding.
    • Select a soil type that is suitable for growing the desired food plot species.
  2. Soil Preparation:

    • Test the soil pH and nutrient levels to determine any necessary amendments.
    • Till the soil to a depth of 8-12 inches to loosen it and remove any compaction.
    • Add lime or fertilizer as needed to adjust the pH and nutrient levels.
  3. Plot Design:

    • Determine the size of your food plot based on the number of deer you want to attract.
    • Create a detailed map of the plot, including the location of different food sources, trails, and cover areas.
  4. Seed Selection:

    • Choose a variety of food plot seeds that will provide a mix of nutrients and flavors.
    • Consider the specific needs of the deer in your area when selecting seeds.
    • Common food plot seeds include clover, soybeans, corn, and alfalfa.
  5. Planting:

    • Plant the seeds according to the recommended rate and depth for each species.
    • Use a seed drill or a broadcast spreader to ensure even distribution of the seeds.
    • Water the plot thoroughly after planting.
  6. Fertilization and Watering:

    • Fertilize the plot according to the recommended rate for the specific food plot species.
    • Water the plot regularly, especially during dry periods, to ensure optimal growth.
  7. Pest and Disease Management:

    • Monitor the plot for pests and diseases that can damage the plants.
    • Use appropriate pest control measures, such as organic pesticides or natural predators, to protect the plot.
  8. Maintenance:

    • Keep the plot free of weeds and invasive plants by mowing or herbiciding regularly.
    • Repair any damaged fence or cover areas to maintain the integrity of the plot.
  9. Hunting and Monitoring:

    • Monitor the food plot regularly to assess its quality and effectiveness in attracting deer.
    • Establish hunting stands or blinds near the plot to take advantage of hunting opportunities.
  10. Rotational Plot Management:

    • Consider rotating the location of your food plot every few years to prevent soil compaction and nutrient depletion.
    • This will also help prevent the buildup of pests and diseases in the plot.
Rare orchid species dendrobium chittimae | sib orchid.