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#3287584 - 07/10/13 02:02 PM Re: Are you wasting $ on food plots? [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying food plots are worthless. As I previously stated, in some circumstances food plots can be a powerful management tool.

What I'm saying is, the value of food plots has been incredibly overhyped, especially on TV hunting shows and in hunting magazines.

I place food plots low on a management priority list because manipulation of the habitat to produce NATURAL food sources is far, FAR more important than planting a couple of small food plots. Nature designed deer as weed eaters. In summer, many native weeds can be as nutritious and digestible as soybeans. And these weeds are naturally drought resistant and don't have to be planted or limed or fertilized (although lime and fertilizer will grow more, bigger, and better weeds!).

Of course, everything comes down to a matter of scale. For the average hunter who wants to plant a couple of 1/2-acre food plots, how much are those small plots really doing? Not much. Now on a scale like landman is talking about--tens of acres of food plots equaling 10% of a property--that's a whole different ballgame. Of course, even in that scenario, I would want three times as much acreage in natural food sources as food plot. Food plots can fail for a wide number of reasons. The natural habitat is extremely resilient and rarely if ever fails.

As a side note, also read the article in question closely. One of the author's main points is that, for many hunters, a lack of security cover is usually far more of a problem than a lack of food. I agree with this. I see an awful lot of money/effort being throw at "food" through food plots, and not much money/effort being thrown at a much more important factor from a hunting perspective, and that is security cover.
I agree with you about security cover,and downing all the Beech trees this winter should help with cover and natural browse I hope.
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#3287643 - 07/10/13 03:20 PM Re: Are you wasting $ on food plots? [Re: Football Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Football Hunter
 Originally Posted By: BSK
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying food plots are worthless. As I previously stated, in some circumstances food plots can be a powerful management tool.

What I'm saying is, the value of food plots has been incredibly overhyped, especially on TV hunting shows and in hunting magazines.

I place food plots low on a management priority list because manipulation of the habitat to produce NATURAL food sources is far, FAR more important than planting a couple of small food plots. Nature designed deer as weed eaters. In summer, many native weeds can be as nutritious and digestible as soybeans. And these weeds are naturally drought resistant and don't have to be planted or limed or fertilized (although lime and fertilizer will grow more, bigger, and better weeds!).

Of course, everything comes down to a matter of scale. For the average hunter who wants to plant a couple of 1/2-acre food plots, how much are those small plots really doing? Not much. Now on a scale like landman is talking about--tens of acres of food plots equaling 10% of a property--that's a whole different ballgame. Of course, even in that scenario, I would want three times as much acreage in natural food sources as food plot. Food plots can fail for a wide number of reasons. The natural habitat is extremely resilient and rarely if ever fails.

As a side note, also read the article in question closely. One of the author's main points is that, for many hunters, a lack of security cover is usually far more of a problem than a lack of food. I agree with this. I see an awful lot of money/effort being throw at "food" through food plots, and not much money/effort being thrown at a much more important factor from a hunting perspective, and that is security cover.
I agree with you about security cover,and downing all the Beech trees this winter should help with cover and natural browse I hope.



This was one of the main reasons I cut open hardwoods, too create more bedding cover and keep as many deer from crossing the road to other tracts that have poor timber stands but cover.
My place was mostly hardwoods when I got it. Have created 50 acres of open ground, Hopefully another 100 acres will be select
cut next year
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