Category: Food Plots

Small Food Plots For Big Results

By GrowingDeer,

Young soybeans are one of the most attractive plants to deer. In areas with a high deer population or in small food plots it can be difficult to maintain a healthy stand of soybeans due to heavy browse pressure. This problem can be solved with trigger finger management (shooting more deer) or using a small electric fence and protecting your soybeans.

Installing an electric fence to protect a food plot

Assembling the Hot Zone fence within bow range of the Redneck Blind will create a great late season hunting spot!

Recently we assembled a Non Typical Hot Zone electric fence around one of our food plots to help protect a section of our soybeans, while also ensuring a late season hunting hot spot! Our plan is to feed the deer all summer with the soybeans outside of the fence and then drill Eagle Seed Broadside through the browsed beans in August. This will provide green forage for deer through the fall and winter. During the colder months of deer season when the deer are in search of a high energy food source we’ll open up the fence. With this process we’ll be feeding the deer year around with a very high quality food source .

Using a small electric fence like the Non Typical Hot Zone fence gives hunters the ability to protect soybeans until they’ve matured and produced pods. During the late winter there aren’t many food sources more attractive the standing soybeans!

Daydreaming of whitetails,

Adam

Bean Plot Damage

By GrowingDeer,

From spring until early summer, many hunters and farmers are hard at work planting food plots and agricultural fields either to hunt over or to harvest for income.

Groundhogs can cause damage to food plots

Groundhogs can damage food plot crops quickly, depriving deer and turkey access to quality forage.

Most hunters and farmers focus on the needs of the plants, such as fertilizer, ample rainfall, and lack of competing vegetation, but they fail to identify one major threat to young crop fields. Consumption of young plants by pest animals such as groundhogs can wipe out large sections of a field to the point that they may need to be re-planted.

This can be costly to the landowner as well as reduce the amount of quality forage available to the desired game animals. If no action is taken, groundhogs can remove the forage from several acres rapidly! This can be devastating to deer and turkeys that depend on that food source during the growing and late season!

Where legal, trapping and shooting of groundhogs soon after the seeds germinate might be what’s needed to allow the crops to be productive.

Nicolas Halchin

Clover Management – Episode #288

By GrowingDeer,

Learn how to manage your food plots in GrowingDeer.tv episode #288.

Clover is a great addition to your food plots. It grows early and handles heavy browse pressure. In this episode, Grant shares a great technique to establish and keep a great stand of clover. Plus, forage soybeans are so loved by deer that their growth can be limited in small plots. Watch this GrowingDeer.tv episode as Grant explains an exciting technique to improve soybean production in small plots!

Forage wheat and clover

Tip of the Week:

Start your stand of clover with forage wheat. Yep, planting wheat, at the same time as clover will protect young clover from browse and harsh weather. Watch this episode to learn more.

 

 

Soybeans In Small Plots

By GrowingDeer,

Deer love soybeans! They are attracted to them from when they come out of the ground to the last pods available during late winter! Unfortunately, deer can damage and even kill soybeans if they browse them too much when they first start to grow.

 

Knowing this I often plant soybeans at twice the normal rate in small plots. This allows deer to feed but there are simply too many young soybean plants for all of them to be damaged.

Planting at a higher density doesn’t hurt the beans as the young plants are not competing for water and nutrients like more mature plants. By the time the soybeans mature deer have usually thinned the plant population enough that the remaining stems can mature without too much competition.

If you are planting small plots with soybeans, trying increasing the planting rate if deer are wiping out the crop before hunting season.

Growing Deer together,

Grant

Spring Food Plots – Episode #287

By GrowingDeer,

Spring food plot tips in GrowingDeer.tv episode #287.

It’s growing season at The Proving Grounds! We’ve got tips to make your small clover plot a killer spot. Next, we have ideas for getting the most out of your soybean plots.

Want some hunting action? Heath and Lindsey share 2 gobbler kills in 2 states. Look out! School of the Ozarks students have descended on The Proving Grounds. Watch Grant as he challenges these freshman to think!

Fertilize clover for a better spring food plotTip of the Week:

Clover is great for very small plots.
Fertilize to make it last and taste better.
We add Antler Dirt to feed our clover and make it a place deer want to be!

 

Preparing Spring Food Plots – Episode #281

By GrowingDeer,

From late summer fire to great deer habitat in GrowingDeer.tv episode #281.

We spent a lot of time preparing for and using prescribed fire. Is prescribed fire worth the effort? Watch this episode as we checkout areas we burned late last summer. Plus, the soil will soon be warm enough for planting. How do you prepare your fall/winter plot for spring planting? We’ll explain what we do!

A soil probe.Tip of the Week:

Is it warm enough?

Using glyphosate on old plots: Air temp 60°

Planting seeds like soybean: Soil temp 60°

Food Plots: What Worked And What Didn’t – Episode #280

By GrowingDeer,

In GrowingDeer.tv episode #280 we figure out what worked and what didn’t in Grant’s food plots.

The winner is announced for an all expenses paid turkey hunt to the famous Redneck Blinds Farm! Plus, Grant explores a couple of Proving Grounds food plots where some of his techniques worked and some did not! Watch this episode as he shares the good and bad.

Where’s Adam? He and the crew are starting a new food plot based on last season’s deer encounters. Adam thinks he can pull the deer in closer to the tree stands.

Tip of the Week:

Four65 is an all natural supplement.Law of The Minimum:

The ability for any critter to express their maximum genetic potential is controlled not by the total amount of resources available, but by the scarcest resource. Do what we do and ensure deer at your Proving Grounds have all the minerals they need by using all natural Trophy Rock which includes more than minerals. It’s a year round supplement, but we especially want to make sure Trophy Rock is available now when antlers and fawns are developing!

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The Perfect Food Plot – Episode #268

By GrowingDeer,

GrowingDeer.tv episode #268 – the perfect food plot.

Perfection might be impossible to reach, but Grant might have found the perfect food plot! Watch now to see what this food plot is made of, how it’s made, and why it can save you money! We also follow up with a Kentucky property management plan, where we’ve got 3 deer kills!

Buck standing in soybeans.Tip of the Week:

Hunting Late Season?

Warm days: hunt greens, like brassicas or wheat.

Cold days: hunt grains, like soybeans and corn.

Benefits Of Fall Planting – Episode #252

By GrowingDeer,

The benefits of bow season planting in GrowingDeer.tv episode #252.

Adrenaline of the coming bow opener hangs in the air! …But so does the forecast of rain. Grant knows rain on the way is the secret sauce for launching a fall food plot. So, even with the bow opener approaching, Grant and the boys hustle to spread some seed because the benefits are that big!

Update: It’s been over a week since they planted, and the boys are back to see if hand broadcasting seed in the plots worked. It’s pretty cool and we got the footage.A fall food plot planted with Eagle Seed Broadside

Tip of the Week:

Forecast call for rain? Get out and plant a fall food plot!

Excellent for deer health: Bigger antlers, more fawns.

Keeps the deer on your property: Deer often center their activity around quality forage.

It’s good for your land: Builds the soil, recycles the nutrients.

Broadcasting Fall Food Plots

By GrowingDeer,

Due to rainfall and hunting schedules we used slightly different techniques for our fall food plots than we have used in past years. We usually plant our food plots with the no till drill. This year the fields were muddy and we had a trip planned. We wanted to get the seed on the ground before heading to Kentucky for the archery season opener. This called for boots, seed broadcasters, and enough energy to cover some ground. Instead of drilling the seed into the ground we broadcast the seed on top of the ground and hoped for rain.

We received a rainfall within two days of broadcasting our seed, but it wasn’t in the amount that we hoped for. We checked our Reconyx cameras and noticed turkeys were in the fields almost every day. These turkeys were most likely eating the soybean and wheat seed (that hadn’t germinated yet) off the ground.

Food plot with great germination after broadcast seeding

A small hidey hole food plot that was broadcast with seed and had great germination.

A lot of times a person who doesn’t have the equipment to use a no till drill on their food plots will use a broadcaster and spread the seed on top of the ground. If it doesn’t rain soon after broadcasting a lot of the seed will be carried off by birds. This is why it’s important to check your food plots after planting to ensure you have a great stand of food. This is especially true when broadcasting a food plot. You don’t want to return to hunt and be upset with your lack of results!

With rain quickly approaching we returned to check our plots and found that a couple of them hadn’t grown as well as we had hoped. So as it rained we broadcast more seed. After having over one inch of rain in 24 hours we’re confident we’ll have a great stand of Brassicas, wheat, and soybeans.

Remember to always check those plots to ensure a great food plot to hunt over throughout the hunting season. If germination was weak don’t be scared to go back into your plot and broadcast again.

Daydreaming of whitetails,

Adam