food plots

6 Tips for Drought-Proofing Your Food Plots

This time of year means that parts of the whitetails’ range are or could soon be under a drought. Following these six steps for drought proofing food plots could mean the difference between having some food for deer or a complete withered failure. Select the right location. You can’t just select any open spot...

Plant These to Attract, Keep More Deer on Your Land

When summer is drawing to a close and deer hunting is just on the horizon, velvet-antlered bucks cruise large agricultural fields and discs slice the ground as new fall food plots are sewn. Even the oaks begin to sag from the weight of acorns. The food sources that exist during the opening few weeks...

Gaaaa! Snakebites Reportedly Higher This Year

The sight or sound of a snake strikes fear in some folks, whether it’s in plain view or hidden amid leaves or brush by its incredible camouflage. Of all the species of snakes in the United States, the venomous ones most hunters and land managers deal with on a regular basis are well-known: rattlesnake,...

Why Crossbow Hunting Food Plots is your Best Option

It’s that time of the year again. Turkey season is in and a lot of people all over the country are working on the installation and planting of food plots in preparation for the upcoming deer season. We do whatever it takes to prepare these food plots properly to increase the odds of crossing...

Know Thy Habitat: Greenery Desirability Changes with Seasons

Food sources change in desirability during their various stages of maturation. When hunting over them, you should time your hunts for the phase when they’re most desirable. While it’s impossible to cover the most desirable stage of all preferred deer foods in one article, the following generally applies to greenery: • Seedlings – extremely...

One Food Plot Superfood Loved by Deer and Humans

Many, perhaps most, Arkansans enjoy purple hull peas on their dinner table. Deer love the peas as well. Planting in food plots is nothing new and is recommended by wildlife biologists of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission – but as one of a variety of plantings suggested to augment native foods for the...

Plan Now for Your Best Warm-Season Food Plots

Most hunters who think of food plots think of deer hunting on or near cool-season plots in the fall. But warm season plots, those with plants that provide high protein and nutrients in the spring and summer, are vitally important to game animals.

Are These the Best Mass-Producing Trees for Whitetail Deer?

Just in time for spring planting season in the Southeast, select Walmart stores are receiving Dunstan Chestnut trees and Grafted Female American Persimmon trees courtesy of Chestnut Hill Outdoors. Ideal for wildlife, Dunstan Chestnuts have been called the best food plot tree. They’re easy to grow and produce nuts in just three to five...

Diversity is Your Best Food Plot Plan for Year-Round Forage

As I walked down the trail enclosed overhead by bare oak branches, I crept past several green fields full of clovers and other growing plants. Farther down the trail, I stop at a secluded brown food plot that appeared to have been abandoned long ago. The lush, green soybeans from summer were now thin-stalked...