Lower grain prices result in more acres being enrolled in CRP. Usually CRP contracts allow for 10% of the acreage to be established in wildlife food plots. I have many clients in multiple states that do this. It can vary by the local NRCS personnel, etc. I’d check that option first. It may be too late to amend contracts where this language was included.
If no food plots can be established I consider the CRP fields primarily bedding areas and determine where the deer are traveling to food. Hunting areas where the cover and food sources are clearly different can make it relatively easy to pattern deer travel corridors.
CRP in areas like western Kentucky are almost always relatively close to prime crop ground. I suspect there’s plenty of quality groceries for deer in the area.
February 5, 2015