Planting food plots is one of the common methods used by hunting enthusiasts to lure in deer. And the steps in creating one are not just as easy as they may look — hunting experts have long been mastering and gathering knowledge on how to effectively utilize this method to achieve their goal of luring deer. However, it is also a fact that there are mistakes that are committed during the process that can jeopardize their hunting activities.
So, in line with this, I have created a way to make things easier for you and help you out as best as I can. I have sourced out experts that help on answering a very important question: What are the most common mistakes when planting food plots?
In this article, I will share with you the responses and advices we got from 19 hunting enthusiasts that you can utilize yourself. I have listed their responses below. Let’s us see what they have to say.
Devon Johnk joined Arrow Seed as one of their specialists in December 2011. He also works as a warehouse manager and sales representative for the company’s food plot division.
Apart from being an Associate Extension Professor for Wildlife Ecology and Management, Bronson Strickland is also a published author of numerous materials about wildlife in general. He graduated B.S. Wildlife Biology at the University of Georgia. He then achieved his M.S. Range & Wildlife Management at Texas A&M University - Kingsville. Finally, he earned his Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology at Mississippi State University.
Hailing from Northeast Mississippi, Mark Newell is known to be a skilled land manager and wildlife biologist. He is currently an Associate Wildlife Biologists and Accounts Manager at Tecomate and is also the President and Founder of Newell Wildlife Services.
Graduating B.S. in Wildlife Management from University of Connecticut in 1972 and earned his M.S. in Wildlife Biology at the University of Georgia in 1975, Kent Kammermeyer began his professional career as a Senior Wildlife Biologist at Georgia DNR. He became a Certified Wildlife Biologist in 1979 and for 25 years served as a Chairman of the State Deer Committee. He has also published countless articles mostly about deer.
Steve Elmy is the owner and founder of Rack Stacker which offer a line of animal feed, hunting and conservation products. Steve is a Level II QDMA (Quality Deer Management Association).
Blaine Burley is the owner of Woods-N-Water Inc which developed a complete line of revolutionary and all-in-one food plot planting machines for tractors and All-Terrain-Vehicles. His many years of experience gave him vast and valuable knowledge in food plot management.
AJ earned his degree in Wildlife Management and Research at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Points. Filming for Midwest Whitetail and Growingdeer.tv are just some of AJ’s professional projects. With years of hunting and wildlife experiences and being a habitat, consultant makes AJ a perfect in-house expert.
Currently, a Masters student and apart from being a certified Associate Wildlife Biologist for The Wildlife Society, Jim Stickles is also a Deer Steward II for Quality Deer Management Association. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He has also published articles namely, Deer Hunting in June, Where Has That Darn Buck Gone?, and 10 Things We Know About Mature Buck Movements.
Aside from being the owner of Grandpa Ray Outdoors, John O’Brion spent 24 years as a Wildlife and Ruminant nutritionist and a crop advisor and seed specialist. He believes that nutrition starts with a healthy soil. He is also one of the pioneers that introduced generic chemicals in the US.
Mike Hanback started as an Editor for American Hunter Magazine. His has gained valuable experience both in hunting and writing over the years. He then started to do freelance writing in mid-1990s for Outdoor Life and became their Deer Hunting Editor. His next venture is becoming a blogger with over 2,000 posts and counting in the last 6 years about deer hunting.
Both David and Wayne Ward are Co-Founders of Wilderness Obsession which is served as a legacy within the Ward family. David is a fisherman and a hunter by heart, while Wayne loved the outdoors ever since he was young. These two just have the passion and enjoys everything about the wild.
William Yancy currently is the Head of Sales for the Firminator equipment which is manufactured by Ranew’s Outdoor Equipment. He also serves as Sales and Marketing Manager at Ranew’s Outdoor Equipment. He earned his degree in Agricultural Business at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
Joel Hagen is a Certified Crop Advisor and is currently serving as a Sales Staff for Deer Creek Seed. Deer Creek Seed focuses on growing, conditioning, and packaging turf, forage, and wildlife food plot seed.
Currently working as a Sales and Marketing Staff for Muddy Outdoors and Big Game Treestands, Tayler Riggen is a passionate whitetail deer hunter. He earned a B.S. in Horticulture and Turfgrass Science, Minor in Agronomy at Iowa State University. Combining his love for hunting and film, most of his work can be viewed online at Muddy’s Trophy Pursuit.
James considers himself as an expert food plotter as he has a numerous and vast experience in setting up food plots. He manages over 13 food plots that are ½ acres each. For him, learning from your own mistakes is the best way to acquire the best knowledge.
Ben Addington is an Advertising and Marketing Professional and currently is the Marketing Supervisor for La Crosse Seed (La Crosse Forage & Turf Seed, LLC). He earned B.A Major in Public Relations and Minor in Management at Carlson School of Business. Apart from that, he is also a music, sports, and outdoor enthusiast.
Justin Pederson shares his expertise as a Conservation Specialist and a Food Plot Expert as a part of Millborn Seeds. This company focuses on delivering intelligent grass seed solutions by identifying land characteristics, species selection, seed mix ratios, timing, and techniques.
Austin Delano is a passionate worker that enjoys being a research and development staff for Mossy Oak BioLogic. He takes pride in helping people manage their land for better wildlife.
The Drury brothers are part owners of Drury Marketing Inc. Apart from that, Mark is also a staff of M.A.D Game Calls. And Terry is President and Owner of T. Drury Contracting. Mark is known to be a competitive turkey caller and has earned six different world titles. He is passionate when it comes to land management to ensure healthy animal population in the farm. On the other hand, Terry got himself involved in a career as a general contractor since the family owned a construction company. He then decided to start his own company called T. Drury Contracting Inc. Like his brother, Terry also is passionate about hunting and this led them to create Drury Outdoors.
Now, this is definitely an amazing article, isn’t it? Our experts just shared with you some of the most valuable information you can now apply and use for setting your own food plot effectively and efficiently. This just completely justifies the adage, “take it from the expert”.
How about you? What do you think are the common mistakes when planting or creating a food plot? We love to also hear it from you. Share your ideas with us by leaving a comment below.
I am Kevin who is a founder of deerhuntingfield.com; Here at Deer Hunting Field, we want to teach and educate. Hunting is a passion which has existed in mankind since almost the beginning, and with the advent of the internet, we can now share information, tips, and more with each other faster than ever before. This is a crucial part of our philosophy.