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It’s time to invigorate

With winter arriving this month, the bountiful natural foods of fall begin to dwindle. Deer and other wildlife consume the remaining acorns and start seeking out alternative food sources. The cool-season food plot offers nutrition to last through the fall and sometimes well into the winter, depending on the seed mix. While each food-plot seed tolerates winter conditions differently, some plants easily withstand them. Cold-tolerable food plots will welcome a round of nutrient enrichment this month. Read More...
December 01, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Get your duck ponds ready

The first few days of the Atlantic Flyway’s 60-day duck season have come and gone, with lower-than-expected success reported from hunters across the region. Even though a portion of the migrating flock crossed into the Carolinas in October, the majority of the early season harvest was resident birds as always, with a few green-wing and blue-wing teal taken in coastal areas. The major flocks are still yet to arrive, and there is still time for hunters to put the last few finishing touches on impoundments and duck holes before the first major migratory wave arrives.Read More...
November 01, 2011 at 10:03 am

The last chance to plant? Late-season plantings are deer magnets

While most hunters concentrate more on hunting than preparing food plots this month, cool-season plots can still be culitivated. Peak moons and dwindling daylight triggers heavy rutting activity; bucks begin seeking out does coming into estrus, and cooling temperatures draw does towards concentrated food sources.Read More...
September 23, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Annuals and perennials: Both have a role in food-plot dynamics

Food plots should play an important role in any wildlife-management scenario, and they should include annual and perennial sources. While nature provides wildlife with many natural foods — including soft and hard mast, grasses and tender browse located throughout the forest — these natural food sources and specific wildlife needs may not always run parallel programs. While the wildlife agencies in both Carolinas assess the deer population in each state to be relatively stable, the population of deer and other wildlife species on a local level varies from year to year.Read More...
August 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

Plant fast-maturing crops for duck impoundments now

Duck season is closing in for anxious waterfowlers, and after another extremely dry spring and early summer, corn crops continue to suffer. Hopefully for many impoundment owners, conditions failed to decimate corn crops intended for summering ducks 2,000 miles away. Early August continues to allow waterfowlers in the Carolinas adequate opportunity to plant and produce a variety of foods that will be well received by the migrating feathered flock.Read More...
July 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Productive fall food plots result from planning, planting

Our cool-season food plots often make or break us in the fall. Nothing excites a hunter more than a trophy buck prancing across one of our food plots, knee deep in a lush field of greens. Rich and hearty food plots quickly pay us back after we have logged countless hours in the fields to make them what they eventually become. If a nice deer shows up to enjoy the plot, it's just a bonus with bragging rights to spread around the hunting cabin. With just a few months until the planting season begins, wildlife managers need to develop a planting plan for each cool-season food plot on the horizon.

June 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Clip warm-season food plots now

Warm-season food plots supplement deer with a rich source of balanced nutrition over the late spring and summer, during a critical time of need for both male and female deer. Warming soil temperatures and frequent rains provide the newly-planted crops and perennials with ideal conditions to thrive and produce lush forage prized by deer. But grasses and other weedy invaders also covet these juicy conditions, quickly taking root within the food plot. Weeds and other invasive invaders can be controlled chemically and mechanically before and after food-plot establishment.Read More...
May 25, 2011 at 7:14 am

Spring, summer are protein times

Food. All animals crave it, ingest it and seek out certain varieties with special characteristics to fulfill their physical needs. Wildlife species choose palatable items containing a mixture of carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins, and the key ingredient, protein.Read More...
April 27, 2011 at 8:30 am

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