Opening day of hunting season is fast approaching and you might be starting to feel the pressure to make sure everything on your list is checked off. One of the outstanding items on your list might be planting your food plot. There’s still time to plant some bountiful crops that will draw deer to your property and create a successful hunting season. Check out the tips below to learn how you can plant a successful late season food plot.
Plant Before the Frost
While there are some general guidelines for the types of plants you should plant in your plot, guidance for the time of year you should plant them will differ between states. For example, brassicas will perform well in the northern/colder states when planted around July. Brassicas planted in the southern/warmer states will perform better when planted later in the year, around September. While you can plant them before hunting season opens, don’t be surprised if deer don’t start grazing on them heavily until after the weather cools or after a freeze. The cold weather turns the starch in brassicas to sugar, which will entice the deer to these plants during the winter months. Stay patient with this plant, as its success comes later.
Winter peas are also a good choice for a food plot because deer will likely start eating them as soon as they start growing. They’re perfect for late season food plots because they can be planted in the late summer or early fall months. In the northern states, winter peas can be planted as early as August. In the southern states, they can be planted as late as October.
The perfect planting window for cereal grains is also coming up. In northern states, you can plant them in August. In the Midwest, you can plant them around September, and in the southern states, you’ll plant them anywhere from September to October.
Give Them the Right Foundation
When you’re planting a food plot, you should also concentrate on how you’re planting the seeds in your soil. Seeds like brassicas, clover and alfalfa should be planted no more than ¼ inch deep in soil. Make sure you’re packing in the soil and eliminating necessary air pockets. Properly packed soil will help keep moisture in and prevent the soil from drying out too quickly.
After a long day or week of planting your food plots, you’ll want to give your muscles some much needed attention. Our FUEL Recovery hydration powder stick packs can help kickstart the muscle recovery process by providing your body with the branched-chain amino acids responsible for the process. Hydrating with our FUEL Recovery packs throughout the planting process will help you get back out there the next day. We want your muscles to work as hard as you do and providing them with the proper nutrition to recover will help them do exactly that.
Planting a food plot is on many hunters’ pre-season checklists. If you’re looking to cross off that task, there’s still plenty of time to plant a successful food plot before hunting season opens. When you’re planting, be mindful of the weather in your region and how your plants will react to the soil. Give your plants the best chance of survival by planting them in the right soil and the right time of year.
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