Food plots can help deer get through hot summer months
by Dale Rankin
May 02, 2012 | 1517 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If rain comes, some individuals may try to establish deer food plots. If establishing food plots, it is recommended that you establish them on two percent of your habitat base (two of every 100 acres of habitat). Individuals should plant fewer and larger food plots to reduce browsing pressure.

Plots should be enclosed to just allow deer in. This will also allow you to monitor the site for deer usage. Make sure and follow recommended seeding rates for establishment and cost effectiveness. Plots should be fertilized according to soil test. If individuals plan on supplemental feeding, now is the time to restart these especially because of our lack of spring rains and our range conditions starting to decline.

Remember if planting a food plot or supplemental feeding, they should be available when the deer need them most — July through August and January through February. Food plots and supplemental feeding should meet the nutritional needs of the deer and be plants and supplemental sources that the deer will readily consume.

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