What Deer Eat - Is it Nutritious?

June 19th, 2022

Episode 710: White-tailed deer are selective on what they eat. But what makes them choose to eat one plant over another? Grant and the crew from Ward Labs check a food plot to see what the deer are eating now then pull samples of that forage for nutrient analysis. See what you should be planting in your food plots and why!

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Step by Step Guide to Soil Testing Food Plots
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The Best Guide on When To Plant Food Plots
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6 Steps to Better Food Plots
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Food Plots: The Best Tillage
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How to Prevent Erosion
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Food Plot Planning: New Seed Blends and Savings
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Inexpensive and Super Productive Food Plots for Whitetails
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Food Plot Seminar: How to Have Better Food Plots and Less Work
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Results In Sandy Soil: One Year Later
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Great Hunting Coming Soon To This 40 Acres
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Are Wild Turkeys Eating Toxic Seed?
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A Complete Plan for 40 Acres: Attract and See More Deer!
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Cool Food Plots In Summer Heat
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A Great Clover Food Plot - The Easy Way!
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A Great Small Food Plot to Hunt This Fall!
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How to Terminate A Standing Food Plot Crop: Crimping Explained
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Using Hand Tools To Plant: Food Plot Tips, Part 3
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Food Plot Tips: How to Have More Forage and Healthier Soils - Part 2
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It's Time to Plant! Food Plot Tips, Part 1
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Improving Soil Health: How Conserving Moisture Will Grow Bigger Antlers
April 21st, 2021, #623
Two Big Opportunities At The Proving Grounds
April 18th, 2021, #622
Food Plots That Feed Deer AND the Soil
April 4th, 2021, #620
How to Maximize Food Plot Potential While Improving Soil Health and Reducing Costs
March 6th, 2021, #612
50 Acres: Better Hunting Than the Neighbors
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How to Snow Seed Clover
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How To Make A Small Hunting Food Plot Using Hand Tools
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Food Plot Update: Rain Expected, We're Planting!
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When to Plant Fall Food Plots? Get Ready for Deer Season!
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Planting Small Food Plots
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Better Food Plots: Breaking Down the Benefits of the Buffalo System
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Plant a Small Food Plot with Hand Tools!
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Use a Map to Plan Better Hunting
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Better Deer Hunting for a Kansas Ranch and a 45 Acre Iowa Property
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Same Property, 2014 VS 2020: New Plan for Even Bigger Deer!
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Tools And Plans for Better Deer Hunting
January 19th, 2020, #530
Fall Food Plots and Their Hunting Strategies
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The Food Plot That Attracts More Deer
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How To Get To Your Stand Without Getting Busted
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Scouting a New Stand Location: Thermals, Scent Trails, Access
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New Strategies for Hunting Old Bucks in the Early Season
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Improving Whitetail Habitat and Hunting: Hinge Cutting Vs. Hack & Squirt
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How to Get Better Deer and Turkey Hunting In the Pines
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Summer Scouting: New Hunting Strategies
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How to Tune The Bow and the Shooter: Bow Hunting Tips
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Techniques to Improve Deer Hunting and Habitat: A Summary of 500 GrowingDeer Episodes
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Scouting Hot Food Sources | Small Food Plots Made Better
June 16th, 2019, #499
Downwind Hunting Strategies | Protecting Food Plots
June 10th, 2019, #498
Deer Management: How to improve the quality of native browse and food plots
June 2nd, 2019, #497
Predicting the Pre-Rut | Food Plot Progress | Bow Challenge
May 26th, 2019, #496
Better Deer Hunting: Bottlenecks, Thermals; Plus Next Steps for Food Plots
May 19th, 2019, #495
Turkey Hunting Skills Tested with Tough Conditions: Tagging Toms!
May 12th, 2019, #494
Spring Food Plots: Cover Crop Benefits with the Buffalo System
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Food Plots | Turkey Decoys | Trapping Techniques and More From Field Day 2019
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Time to Shed Hunt | Land Management Tips for Erosion Control
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More Deer, More Food: Better Deer Hunting
February 3rd, 2019, #480
New Property: Designing a Hunting and Habitat Management Plan
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Tagging Deer | Post Rut Strategies and Lessons from the Hunt
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Chasing Bucks | Strategies, Food Plots, Trail Cameras
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Easy Fall Food Plots | Scouting Bucks on a Pattern
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Deer Hunters | Scrape Strategies and Fall Food Plots
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Hunting Food Plots | Life Lessons
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Deer Hunting Strategies | Scouting Velvet Bucks | Treestands
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Food Plots and Native Browse: Challenges and Solutions for Better Deer Hunting
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Whitetail Habitat Changes Help Reach Deer Hunting Goals
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Bow Hunting Frogs | Food Plot Update and What it Means for Deer Hunting
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The Impact of Ticks on Whitetails | New Food Plot Pointers
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Tips for Better Deer Hunting through Habitat Management: Boots On The Ground
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Food Plots and Gardens | New Techniques Mean More Food, Less Cost
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A Food Plot Strategy That Works for Any Size Property
June 3rd, 2018, #445
Deer Management | Shooting Accurately, Food Plots
May 27th, 2018, #444
Food Plots and Native Browse | Best Whitetail Forage
May 20th, 2018, #443
Intense Turkey Hunting: A Calling Strategy That Worked
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His Best Turkey Hunt In 32 Years | Better Food Plots
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Turkey Hunting | Cold, Snowy Morning With Hot Toms
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Turkey Hunting Tips | Food Plots for Spring Tune Up
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How To | Deer Hunting, Turkey Hunting, and More From Field Day 2018
April 1st, 2018, #436
Tips to Improve Hunting Properties | NWTF 2018 | Soil Samples
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Shed Hunting Tips | Whitetail Habitat Improvements In Kansas
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Deer Hunting | Last Late Season Hunts
January 21st, 2018, #426
Bow Hunting Kentucky Whitetails | Land Management Tips for Hunters
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Scouting Bucks| Strategies for New Stand Locations, Fall Food Plots
September 11th, 2017, #407
10 Tips to Quickly Age Bucks | Food Plot and Habitat Help
September 3rd, 2017, #406
Bow Hunting: Tips To Be On Target | Easy Fall Plots
August 27th, 2017, #405
How to Create Mock Scrapes | New Food Plots | Cooking Frog Legs
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Deer Hunting Prep | Food Plot Lessons | Bow Hunting Fun
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Food Plots | Predators, Protection and Possibilities
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Valuable Habitat Lessons For Deer Hunters
June 25th, 2017, #396
Over 15 Tips For The Best Food Plots and Nutritious Native Browse
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Food Plots: A Great Tool to Improve Hunting Quality
June 11th, 2017, #394
How to Maximize Food Plots
June 4th, 2017, #393
How to Plant Food Plots Easier, Cheaper, Better
May 28th, 2017, #392
Turkey Hunting, Double Down! | Food Plot Cover Crops
May 21st, 2017, #391
Turkey Hunting, Look At Those Hooks! | Improved Food Plot Techniques
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Turkey Hunting | Secrets for Successful Food Plots
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Turkey Hunting | The Best Hunts Are With Family
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Targeting A Plan for Bigger Antlers And Better Hunting
April 9th, 2017, #385
How To Use A Diaphragm Mouth Call, Clover Food Plots And More!
April 2nd, 2017, #384
How To: Frost Seeding Clover, Hunting With Turkey Decoys, And More!
March 19th, 2017, #382
The First Steps for Healthy Deer and Spring Food Plots
March 5th, 2017, #380
Habitat Management: A Late Winter Prescription for Better Hunting
February 26th, 2017, #379
Bow Hunting: Bulls And Bucks
September 25th, 2016, #357
How to Grow The Best Food Plots for Whitetails
August 28th, 2016, #353
Deer Hunting: Tips & Strategies For Success
August 22nd, 2016, #352
Amazing Antlers! Keys To Age Bucks And Food Plot Facts
July 24th, 2016, #348
Easy Food Plots And Deer Hunting Strategies
July 17th, 2016, #347
Deer Hunting Strategies: Finding The Limited Resource
July 10th, 2016, #346
Managing for White-tailed Deer: Velvet Racks and Improving Timber Tracks
July 3rd, 2016, #345
Fawn and Food Plot Robbers Plus Aging Velvet Bucks
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Food Plots: The Ultimate Transformation For Hunting Success
June 5th, 2016, #341
Late Season Bow Hunting Food Plot Set Up
May 29th, 2016, #340
How to Make the Best Hunting Spots: Small Food Plots
May 22nd, 2016, #339
Fast And Loud Turkey Hunting Action
May 8th, 2016, #337
Tips For Hunting And Habitat Management: Spring Field Day 2016
April 10th, 2016, #333
Turkey Hunting Fever Begins: Scouting With Owl Hooting and More
March 27th, 2016, #331
Deer Management: See More Deer, Grow Bigger Deer
March 20th, 2016, #330
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Early Spring Scouting: Food Plots and Turkeys
March 6th, 2016, #328
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Deer Hunting Excitement: She Tags An Oklahoma Buck!
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Food Plot Strategies for Better Soil And Bigger Antlers
September 13th, 2015, #303
Early Season Deer Hunting Strategies
September 6th, 2015, #302
Scouting, Hit List Bucks And Fall Food Plots: All Hands On Deck
August 30th, 2015, #301
Deer Hunting: Focusing On The Kill Zone
August 23rd, 2015, #300
Deer Hunting Made Easier: Field Day 2015
August 17th, 2015, #299
Deer Hunting: See More Deer
August 9th, 2015, #298
Bow Hunting: Fine Tuning Before Deer Season
July 19th, 2015, #295
Choosing Grunt Calls And Solving A Food Plot Mystery
July 5th, 2015, #293
A New Buck And Storm Proofed Food Plots
June 28th, 2015, #292
Food Plots: A Bean For Bow Hunters
June 21st, 2015, #291
Hunting Hot Spots And Early Velvet Antlers
June 14th, 2015, #290
How to Get Ready For Deer Hunting Now
June 7th, 2015, #289
Food Plot Strategies: Learning From Experience
May 31st, 2015, #288
Intense Cut And Run Turkey Hunting
May 24th, 2015, #287
Turkey Hunting Challenges: 2 Birds Down
May 17th, 2015, #286
Deer Management: Fired Up For Better Habitat
April 12th, 2015, #281
Spring Deer Management: Making And Maintaining Food Plots
April 5th, 2015, #280
Bow Hunt Turkeys: Get Ready! Plus Fire And Frost Seeding
March 29th, 2015, #279
Bow Hunting: Sticking A Pig
March 22nd, 2015, #278
Winter Food Plot Combinations That Work
March 2nd, 2015, #275
Talking Whitetails With Troy Landry, Plus: Skinning A Coyote
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A Plan Pays Off: Kentucky Deer Hunting
January 11th, 2015, #268
Oklahoma Hunting: Smoked The Pig
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Secrets To Quick Food Plots
September 21st, 2014, #252
Get Ready For Deer Season! Hit Lists, Food Plots, Tree Plots
September 7th, 2014, #250
Hunting And Habitat Management Techniques: Field Day 2014
August 17th, 2014, #247
Techniques For Hunting A New Property
August 10th, 2014, #246
Best Hunting Blind Location: A Killer View
July 14th, 2014, #242
Whitetail Bucks In The Summer: Velvet Antlers
July 6th, 2014, #241
Food Plots For Deer: Have The Best Food In the Neighborhood
June 29th, 2014, #240
Bucks In Velvet: Dreams For The Season
June 23rd, 2014, #239
Habitat Management Tips: Too Many Deer?
June 8th, 2014, #237
Archery Challenge Plus Tagging A Tom!
May 26th, 2014, #235
Turkey Hunting Teamwork
May 19th, 2014, #234
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April 7th, 2014, #228
Turkey Hunting: 70 Yard Turkey Load?
March 24th, 2014, #226
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Piebald Deer, Shed Hunting & Food Plot Tips
March 2nd, 2014, #223
First Steps To Create A New Food Plot
February 24th, 2014, #222
Better Deer Hunting: Stress Points
February 17th, 2014, #221
Managing For Whitetails: A Productive Season
February 10th, 2014, #220
Redneck Strategies & Prime Bow Hunting
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Hunting Strategies: Food Plots, Acorns, And Dead Deer!
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Introducing The Hit List Bucks For 2013
September 16th, 2013, #199
Big Antlers And Tools For Better Deer Hunting
August 26th, 2013, #196
Hogs, Bucks and Fall Food Plots
August 19th, 2013, #195
Fall Food Plot Decisions
August 12th, 2013, #194
Scouting Antlers: Velvet Bucks In The Beans
August 5th, 2013, #193
Bucks In Velvet: Anticipating Deer Season
July 28th, 2013, #192
How To Improve Your Hunting Grounds
July 8th, 2013, #189
Easy Tips for Better Summer Food Plots
July 1st, 2013, #188
How To Grow The Best Clover Food Plots
June 24th, 2013, #187
Food Plot Management: Sharp Shooting Groundhogs
June 17th, 2013, #186
Kansas Turkey Hunt: Lindsey's Longbeard
June 10th, 2013, #185
Spring Food Plot Strategies for Hit List Bucks
May 27th, 2013, #183
Food Plots & Turkey Hunting: One Last Strutter
May 20th, 2013, #182
Turkey Hunting: Teasing A Big Tom
May 13th, 2013, #181
Deer Hunting Secret: How To Create A Hot Spot Now
April 1st, 2013, #175
Key Tips for Food Plot Success
March 25th, 2013, #174
Feral Hog Hunt, Bonus Bobcat And Food Plot Planning
March 11th, 2013, #172
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March 4th, 2013, #171
Targeting Whitetails With Trail Cameras
January 28th, 2013, #166
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January 21st, 2013, #165
Deer Hunting: Touchdown 10
December 3rd, 2012, #158
Prescribed Fire for Whitetails
October 15th, 2012, #151
Hunting Whitetails: Bow Season Opener
September 24th, 2012, #148
Food Plots In The Fall
September 10th, 2012, #146
Hunting Season Preparations
August 19th, 2012, #143
Hunting Whitetails Without Corn?
July 30th, 2012, #140
Deer During a Drought
July 9th, 2012, #137
Protecting Food Plots
July 2nd, 2012, #136
Food Plots And Groundhogs: Trying New Bait
June 11th, 2012, #133
New Food Plot in the Pines
June 4th, 2012, #132
Spring Food Plots
May 21st, 2012, #130
New Food Plots!
May 14th, 2012, #129
Turkey Hunting: Opening Day
April 23rd, 2012, #126
Whitetail Management: Larger Antlers This Fall
April 16th, 2012, #125
Spring Food Plot Blends
April 2nd, 2012, #123
Growing Bigger Antlers on Whitetails
March 12th, 2012, #120
More Deer Food for Your Dollar
February 20th, 2012, #117
Hunting Decisions: Shoot or Don't Shoot?
November 14th, 2011, #103
Deer Hunting: Patterning the Pitchfork Buck
October 3rd, 2011, #97
Deer Hunting: Strategies and Fall Food Plots
September 26th, 2011, #96
Hunting Whitetails: Preseason - Scouting Limited Resources
August 15th, 2011, #90
Managing Whitetails: Tools for Bigger Antlers
August 1st, 2011, #88
Deer Hunting: Creating Stand Locations
July 4th, 2011, #84
Hunting Whitetails: Preparing for Deer Season
June 20th, 2011, #82
White-tailed Management: Summer Challenges
June 13th, 2011, #81
Whitetail Management: Hogs and Hidey Hole Food Plots
June 6th, 2011, #80
Food Plots: Planting Then Scouting
May 30th, 2011, #79
Food Plots and Habitat Management: QDMA Field Tour
May 23rd, 2011, #78
Food Plot Tips: How To Take A Soil Sample
April 4th, 2011, #71
Importance of a Feeding Plot for Hunting
March 21st, 2011, #69
Food Plots: Frost Seeding Clover
March 14th, 2011, #68
Post Season Scouting and Other Observations
February 20th, 2011, #65
Winter Storm Forage
February 14th, 2011, #64
October Bow Hunting & Scouting The Gates
November 1st, 2010, #49
Food Plot Pests: Armyworm Invasion
October 11th, 2010, #46
Bow Hunting 2010: Missouri Bow Opener
September 20th, 2010, #43
Fall Food Plots in a Hurry
September 13th, 2010, #42
Deer Hunters Field Day Event
August 30th, 2010, #40
Food Plots: Eaten To The Bare Ground
August 23rd, 2010, #39
Deer & Food Plots: Dealing with Drought
August 16th, 2010, #38
Bigger Antlers Start With Better Food Plots
July 19th, 2010, #34
Food Plot Competition
July 12th, 2010, #33
Summer Food Plots: Progress At The Proving Grounds
July 5th, 2010, #32
Quality Summer Food Plots For Whitetails
June 28th, 2010, #31
Clover Food Plots
June 21st, 2010, #30
Deer Hunting Strategies: How To Protect Food Plots
June 14th, 2010, #29
Food Plots: Scouting Soybeans For Bigger Antlers
June 7th, 2010, #28
Food Plot Trouble: Wireworm & Cutworm
May 31st, 2010, #27
Spring Turkey Hunts and Food Plots
May 10th, 2010, #24
Turkey Hunts and Food Plot Planting
May 3rd, 2010, #23
Big Antlers Start In The Dirt
April 26th, 2010, #22
Food Plots in Thinned Pine Stands
April 5th, 2010, #19
Food Plot Review
March 29th, 2010, #18
First Annual Proving Grounds Shed Hunt!
March 22nd, 2010, #17
Best Food Plots: Winter Wheat Provides A Piece of the Food Plot Puzzle!
March 1st, 2010, #14
Food Plots: Corn Now for Antlers Later
February 22nd, 2010, #13
Winter Food Plots = Bigger Antlers Next Fall
February 16th, 2010, #12
Better Food Plots Mean Winter Survival
February 11th, 2010, #11