How To Create The PERFECT Food Plot

now how many of you out there have

always looked for every single year the

perfect food plot that you can create

for the wildlife and whitetails on your

land I know I have you know I've

manicured my plots had perfect looking

clover I've cut that clover groomed that

clover brass cos I don't like any weeds

showing I mean heck even down to the

switchgrass plantings I love to have

perfect switchgrass plantings with no

weeds in them when it comes to the

perfect food plot I think it's great

that we focus a little bit less on the

perfect food source it offers the most

volume of nutrition and nutrients at a

specific time say for example alfalfa

all summer long or even brassicas in

December we need to focus on the value

of that food plot as it relates to local

habitat and what else is going on in the

world of whitetails in your neighborhood

give you an example when April comes

around in most locations in the north

half of the country the deer have

everything that they need when spring

Greenup hits that is a time of Plenty

and the whitetails want for nothing at

that time they have plenty of moisture

plenty of green succulent growth and you

could look at April as the best time for

the local habitat in your neck of the

woods May's great time

June pretty good hot sometimes drought

starts coming in July and August can be

kind of droughty but there's still a lot

of nutrients in forages an amount that

great amount of food that's available in

most neighborhoods in the north half of

the country when you start getting into

September weeds are dying beans are

turning brown

that's that time where the local habitat

that has peaked in April May and

slightly decline but held its own very

strong for a period of time is starting

to decline and finally when you get into

October November and it gets into a time

where the beans are turning brown

the beans been picked corn has been

picked and harvested and cut fields have

been plowed the local habitat is going

down quickly in the amount of nutrients


forge an attraction that's available so

you think about your food plots one of

your food pots available one of the

available to the local dear local

wildlife and is it at a time when the

habitat is also at its best so think

about it if you're offering food plots

at a time when the local habitat is a 10

out of 10 meaning the best it can be all

year are your food plots really offering

that much the local deer herd and if you

have small properties like I do that I

hunt on I hunt on properties are 45 to

50 acres and less and then also my

clients I'd say I have half of my

clients or 60 acres or less but even if

you have 500 to a thousand acres or less

you really don't have a lot of room

sometimes to offer your resources for

deer at times when the deer have

abundancy in their neck of the woods and

I'll give you an example right here

behind me we have oats that are acting

as a nurse crop for a crop of alfalfa

coming in this is going to be on an

outstanding pasture they'll offer high

quality food they'll get that last

cutting sometime in September on this

food source and then as we get into

October this food source will actually

green up and the size behind me my small

one and a quarter acre food plot behind

the camera that's located about 200

yards away cannot compete with this food

sourced here in the summer now it also

can't compete with the food sources down

in the bottom over here the soybeans

that are over here the other pasture

land I have food all around here during

the summer time you can even make a case

that I could look at this food source

right here compared to my food source

over here because of the resources of

the the farmer that's working this field

and he's doing it for profession he's

doing it for it to make a living he's

doing it for a harvest

he's doing it to feed his cattle and get

the most out of the every inch of square

square acre food space that he has in

this location but I simply can't compete

over there not only can I not compete in

size but I can compete in quality if for

some reason I held dear over there and

held them all day 24 hours a day you can

make a case that the nutrition here and

the nutritional levels in volume are

greater that I can actually offer over

there and I'm actually doing it

disservice to the deer by making them

hang over out in a small parcel with


lower nutrition rates and lower volume

let's flip that around as this food

source is starting to slow down in mid

to late October because after that first

frost hits itself alpha is gonna turn

STEMI yellow dormant and the nutritional

value and the traction is cut in half or

more actually the plot that I have over

there and the nutrition that there is I

have ayelet peas beans brassicas rye and

oats that are all working to peak

nutrition and attraction in through the

middle of November now when you get into

October November December January

February March the deer progressively

have less and less in the local habitat

and certainly less and less and food

plots forages if there some are planted

think about the value difference you're

offering a high-quality food plot at a

time and the local habitat to ten your

food plots really not changing the

difference in the food plot or in the

habitat you're not attracting deer

holding them advancing them to the next

stage to the next age class like you

wonder what during hunting season so

think about that during hunting season

you're offering a high-quality food plot

let's say it's a four a seven and eight

to nine out of ten in quality at a time

when your local habitat is shrinking

from a 4 to a 3 to a 2 to a 1 and

finally when you get into late December

it's probably a zero so your local

habitats not offering much that

difference in value that difference in

value of your food plot and what it's

offering at a time relative to the

habitat and its value is really where

the perfect food plot actually comes in

your perfect food plot should be a food

plot that you can offer high volume

diversity and attract young nutrition

and enough attraction that you can

actually control the movements of the

daylight deer herd to your food plot

advance those deer to the next edge age

class in the form of box and then

finally send them off to someone else's

food plots that are over-pressured maybe

a corn picked field a standing soybean

field whatever it might be you're really

working on that window of difference

that you can make to the local wildlife

and whitetail

in your neighborhood based on what the

habitat is currently what it will be and

what that difference is compared to the

habitat out of a ten out of ten a two

out of ten is zero out of ten and what

your food plot is actually offering

think about that it's not just the

perfect food plot how its planted how

it's growing the volume it's the perfect

food plot offering it at the best time

when your local habitat is declining or

at an all-time low for the 12 months of

the year that's where you can actually

stand to make a difference with your

deer herd imagine the food that you can

give late fall into winter and then

right at spring Greenup if you have

winter rye or wheat that's available

before clover and before alfalfa before

any eggplants are getting so I found

that you can give two to four weeks in

nutrition with rye or wheat even right

at the end of the winter imagine that

two to four weeks of green that you can

give to deer and four mothers will be

nursing soon for pregnant dough's and

then at the same time that fall winter

let's say you have food that lasts

strong in October November December

maybe a little bit into January and then

February March that's gone still those

deer had an incredible amount of forage

available to them at a time when the

local habitat was zero and that's where

you make a difference that's where you

make a difference on improving your herd

improving sex ratios really reaching and

attaining your adequate buck age

structure and giving you yourself the

ability to maintain populations of deer

within the balance of their habitat and

keeping making sure that you can raise

or lower those numbers as needed you

know if your property is peaking in June

and July at a time and the local

habitats great - it's not hunting season

really not much you can do with local

herd and manipulating that herd and

moving it around so again do you have

the perfect food plot it's not based

necessarily on the perfect planting the

perfect amount of volume or the perfect

Forge variety that has the best value

nutrition instead it's based on what are

you offering at a time and the local

habitat is at its lowest time of the

year and I'll tell you what when we talk

about hinge cuts we talk about timber

management timber harvest think about

all that thousands of pounds of forage

per acre when you complete a clear

cotton when you complete a hinge cut

area for bedding areas depending on

which need you have for your timber and

offering that during the winter time

when the local habitat is at a zero

there's a lot of ways you can make sure

that you're doing your best for

whitetails and thinking about the

perfect food plot and as it relates to

the timing of a local habitat is a great

way and a great strategy to make sure

you're on pace for reaching your goals

of creating an actual quality herd in a

quality hunt