Making Food Plots For Deer Can Be Simple
Every time I go to my local sporting goods store to pick something up, it seems as though the food plot seed aisle is getting more crowded with different seed companies trying to sell their product as the latest and greatest to grow and draw in trophy bucks to food plots for deer. There is a food plot seed for every soil type and climate condition that will peak at any time of year in which you want to draw in deer or other wildlife into your food plots for deer.
More hunters than ever before are interested in making food plots for deer. But many think it’s too difficult or believe they don’t have the necessary equipment to get it done. I want to dispel that notion here and briefly explain exactly how simple it is to create food plots for deer using no power equipment at all.
Hand tools are all you need to create small food plots for deer of half an acre in size or smaller. For bowhunting that’s all you need, and the smaller the better. Mine are only 1/8 of an acre, 25 yards x 25 yards, and they draw deer in like crazy.
So here is a list of the hand tools you need for making deer food plots.
– Hand-held or backpack tank sprayer
– Spade shovel
– Leaf rake
– Steel come-along rake
– Fertilizer spreader
– Hand-held seed spreader
If you are new to making food plots for deer, you may be looking for a roto-tiller or cultivator in the list to break-up the ground. You may use one if you like and even pull a disk behind an ATV or tractor. However the average hunter doesn’t have access to those luxuries and may not even be able to get that equipment through the woods back to where his honey hole is located.
If we fast forward through the planting process, the following is all you need to do to have awesome attraction food plots for deer this come hunting season.
4 Steps in Making Food Plots For Deer
Step 1 – Decide on an area with suitable soil and remove any small trees or brush. Do not remove the grass or weeds by disking or turning them over. Take a soil sample and have it tested. Do not skip this step or you will risk having very poor growing food plots for deer!
Step 2 – Spray the weeds and grass with a herbicide such as Roundup as soon as they reach 8″ inches tall in the spring. In about 4 weeks spray the weeds and grass again and leave them there to fully die all summer. This is also when you put on your recommended pelletized lime from your soil test results.
Step 3 – In early to mid-August you can rake off the dead weeds and debris and apply any fertilizers recommended from your soil test results. Then lightly loosen the surface of your plot with a steel come-along rake. This is when you’re glad your food plots for deer are small.
Step 4 – On the same day in early to mid-August, use your hand-held seed spreader to apply your seeds.
If you are using a seed blend of different size seeds for your food plots for deer, be sure to open the hopper of your spreader just enough to allow the smallest size seeds to pass through first as you cover the whole plot. Then open it up to allow the next size seed to pass through and so on until your recommended amount of seed is all gone for your food plots for deer.
That’s it! You’re done with your food plots for deer. Now go hang your treestand, cut out your shooting lanes, and don’t step foot in your deer food plot until hunting season. Making food plots for deer is fun when you keep them small. Think of the fun you can have hunting 2 or 3 different Food Plots For Deer.