New food plots have been started for the fall. These plots consist of daikon radish, crimson clover, and soybeans which will extend the length of food plot availability into later in the year. Stay tuned for pic updates!
Earlier this spring, we began preparing for some white tail deer hunting in Western KY by getting some food plots started. While waiting for our favorite time of year, we have been tending to the local herds by providing a supplemental source of nutrition. This is to help promote growth and encourage them to remain in our hunting lands. Though food plots only provide for a portion of the animals’ needs, they can help to maintain a population within a certain area. Our clover plots took off this spring thanks to all the rain we received in our area.
There are many things to consider when putting in a food plot. For deer, a plot size between 1 -5 acres is ideal. One of the most important being nearby coverage for the animals. Part of ensuring adequate coverage is making the plot as long as possible. This way, the animals do not venture too far away from the edge of the field to eat.
Rotating plot ground is also important. This allows a formerly planted area to rest and grow some of its native plants. One thing to avoid with food plots is creating a situation where the population has grown too large and too dependent on this crop. Unlike natural vegetation, food plots must be created each year. If a herd has become too dependent on this crop it can be devastating if that food source is not regrown. Plot rotation and proper hunting management help see this is not the case.
We chose to grow clover plots this spring. Food plots of orchard grass, alfalfa and mixed planting also make great crops for this purpose. This can provide different lengths of coverage and food throughout their season.
This page summarizes some of the information found on the Ky Fish and Wildlife website at https://fw.ky.gov/Wildlife/Documents/foodplots.pdf. It reiterates the point that while food plots do not meet all of animals’ needs, it has a role to play. They provide supplemental food near a covered area that can promote retention of deer population.
Bring on the Spring Clover!
Our spring food plots were covered in clover! Presence of deer in our area is evident by the foot prints they left behind in our early plot pictures – they couldn’t wait for something good to sprout up!