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Cool Season Food Plots for the Southeast

It's the time of year when most people who deer hunt in the southeast start thinking about food plots. A few of us look at food plots as a year-around land management activity, but most folks are content with doing what they can to get something in the ground for the fall and winter. These fall/winter plots are really harvest plots, not so much supplemental food plots, but they are useful, nevertheless.

 

Here are two really good resources to help you get the most of the food plots you plant and to help you take them to a more productive level...both for your hunting enjoyment and for the benefit of the deer and other wildlife that will use them.

 

One resource is free. It's the "Supplemental Wildlife Food Planting Manual for the Southeast" published by Mississippi State University. Get it HERE.

 

The other resource is a great book that you will need to fine tune your plant selection, timing, and plot maintenance. I own this book and have used it so much it's ragged and dog-eared. It's "Quality Food Plots - Your Guide to Better Deer and Deer Hunting." Take a look at it and order HERE.

 

Get both of these resources and get after it!

 

- Pat Porter

 

06 August
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Moist-Soil Management

Moist-soil research and the development of management techniques has been an expanding process since the early 1900's in the United States. While most of us view moist-soil management primarily from the perspective of improving habitat for waterfowl and being able to attract and hold ducks, the overall conservation impact is much broader.

 

The science of managing moist-soil units has increased dramatically as it has become a major piece of the conservation puzzle. Soil disturbance, water management with its variables of flooding timing, rate, and duration, and then subsequent drawn-downs (and again with its timing, rate, and duration) are just a few of the components of properly managing moist-soil wetlands for optimum plant growth, wildlife habitat, and food sources.

 

WRP land and other types of wetland habitat require land owners and managers to learn some of the required science if they desire to make the most of the wetland habitat. In addition to the hard and fast science, there are also the nuances and "exceptions to the rules" that are as valid as the science. These subtle shifts from the printed facts can only be learned, in my opinion and experience, by trial and error and observation as each land manager applies the science to his particular locale. So, if you you are having a cuckleburr problem, should you begin a draw-down in late April or mid-May in your area? The facts will give you a general guide...but your trial and error and paying attention to what works...and when...will be where you will become a better manager.

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04 June
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Deer Management - Food Plots and Habitat

Some good food plot & deer habitat discussion & tips. Check out this book by QDMA (Quality Deer Management Association). I’ve read it from cover to cover and use it as a resource all year long. It’s excellent. It’s at Amazon HERE.

26 April
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