From Mark Kenyon’s “Wired To Hunt” blog


By Mark Kenyon

Ice. Snow. Freezing rain. Arctic temperatures. This is what I encounter when I step outside my back door. It’s also the weather that gets me thinking about food plots. Not because this is the kind of weather that I’ll be planting food plots in, but because I know it’s the last weather I’ll see before I need to get working on those plots! Before you know it that ice will be thawing and it will be time to get seed in the ground, so it’s important to make sure you’re prepared in advance. That said, today I want to suggest four questions that you should begin asking yourself and answering now, so that you’re ready to get dirt in your finger nails at the first chance you can, and with great results to boot! So let’s dive right in.

1. What Is The Goal For My Food Plot/s?

Before ever thinking about what to plant, where to plant or how to plant, you must first determine what your end goals are. Are you looking to plant a food plot to attract deer during hunting season? Maybe you’re planting a food plot to provide nutrition for deer during the “growing season”? Maybe you’re wanting to plant a food plot cause you’re neighbor does and he always shoots big deer? Whatever it is, you must first determine what your end goal is, and then put together your food plotting strategy to fit around that goal. Too many people go about it the other way around – ie. I have an open area here and a bag of clover seed, this should make me hunt like Mark Drury! Wrong. Set a goal and then set a plan in place to reach it.

2. What Does My Property Or The Surrounding Area Lack?

Another question that ties in well with the matter of goals is the question of what is currently present. Take a look at what food is currently available on your property and nearby. Is there corn and bean fields surrounding your property every year? This might effect how you choose food plot forage options to provide something different, or to provide food at a time that those corn and bean fields aren’t as attractive to deer. Does your neighbor always have a 5 acre alfalfa field that deer flock to in the early season? Maybe that means you should work on providing a late season food source. Not only can this question help you understand what will be the most beneficial option for you as a hunter, but it can also help you determine whats the most beneficial food plot plan for the deer herd. If your area has plenty of beans and corn, you might want to consider a food plot option that will provide nutrition all the way through February and March – when many row crop fields have been eaten dry.

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