Bowhunting Videos Whitetail – Making Food Plots For Deer is Easier Than Most People Think

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Bowhunting Videos Whitetail – Making Food Plots For Deer is Easier Than Most People Think

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Every time I go to my local sporting goods store to pickup something I need, 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. 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. Bowhunting Videos Whitetail

More hunters than ever before are interested in making food plots for deer. But many think it is 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 you can create a food plot using no power equipment at all.

Hand tools are all you need to create a small plot of half an acre in size. For bowhunting that is all you need and small is better. Mine are only 1/8 of an acre and they draw deer in like crazy.

So here is a list of the hand tools you need for making food plots for deer.
– 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. Bowhunting Videos Whitetail

If we fast forward through the planting process, the following is all you need to do to have an awesome attraction food plot come hunting season.

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!

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 plot is 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, be sure to open the hopper of your spreader just enough to allow the smallest 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.

That is it! You are done. Now go hang your treestand, cut out your shooting lanes, and don’t step foot in your 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 small of them. Bowhunting Videos Whitetail

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