Food plot surviving the drought

Kerri ButtThis spring, I made up my mind that no matter how many late nights I had to endure in the name of research, I was going to plant a food plot. One of my mottos is, “When it comes to hunting, we should always give more than we take.”

Aside from the act of hunting itself, I can’t think of a better way to accomplish that goal than by planting food plots.

First out of the gate, I contacted the Mossy Oak Biologic team for some much needed assistance. Bobby Cole pointed me in the right direction. Of course, I got off to a little bit of a late start. I decided to go with a product called LabLab, a disease resistant legume that provides robust foliage, and is a fantastic source of protein and phosphorus for antler growth, and development. It’s also very drought tolerant which this year has proven to be necessary thus far.

One of the key reasons for planting food is what they do for the overall health of your doe herd. Lactating does feeding their fawns actually require more nutrients than bucks growing their antlers. The better the nutrition a doe can give her fawn, the more sustenance for her offspring, providing a better chance they will mature into healthy adult deer.

Prior to planting, I first had to kill off everything. I should have done this earlier in the spring, to be able to burn off dead undergrowth from last winter. Obviously, dry heat doesn’t provide for great burn conditions. I tilled the plot twice.

Learning to drive a “big green tractor,” and trying to maneuver the hydraulics’ of a tiller was enlightening, to say the least.

At this point, my food plot could use rain. And more rain. Then some more.

I hope you’re all out preparing for the upcoming deer season.

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