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If planting multiple food plots, experiment with different blends on different plots to see which yield the best results. Advanced blends like Evolved Harvest’s Alpha Plot include two clover varieties, southern-tolerant hybrid alfalfa, drought-resistant chicory, and T-Raptor, an early maturing forage turnip/rape hybrid that’s extremely high in crude protein. Photo courtesy of www.evolved.com.

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...

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Simple Food Plot Sizes and Forage Choices

If you can only plant food plots of an acre or less, put half in clover for warm-season feed and half into a cereal grain such as oats, brassica or winter wheat, or a tuber, such as radishes or turnips. If your soil has a pH of 6 or higher, clover offerings will thrive,...

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Whitetail Nation: Are Deer Numbers in Decline?

The morning after deer season closed several men gathered around church before the Sunday service began. Carl inquired of Bill, who always gets a nice buck. “How’d you do this season, Bill?” “Don’t ask. I never saw an antler during gun season, much less any does, and in archery season only saw a few...

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Hot Gear: The Best Deer Management and Hunting Strategies

As any seasoned hunter knows, many variables go into tagging a buck of a lifetime but there is one factor that perhaps outweighs all others – habitat. White-tailed Deer Management and Habitat Improvement gives hunters and property owners the tools required to make their land veritable deer factories. Drawing upon Steve Bartylla’s 20-plus years of...

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Get Better Deer Hunting With These Habitat Improvement Tips

They say the best opportunities come when you’re not looking for them, and this one certainly did. It was Memorial Day weekend 2012, and my wife and I were visiting my in-laws’ cabin. We were playing cards and swapping fish stories one evening when the neighbor, a realtor, changed our lives with one sentence....