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4540 W. Saile Dr Batavia, NY 14020
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7689 Ridge Road West Brockport, NY 14420
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2818 Earlystown Road Centre Hall, PA 16828
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9570 County Rd Clarence, NY 14032
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8926 W. Main Street Clymer, NY 14724
(716) 355-4236
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49290 State Route 14 East Palestine, OH 44413
(330) 426-2166
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13521 Cambridge Springs Rd. Edinboro, PA 16412
(814) 734-1552
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7852 RT 66 Fairmount City, PA 16224
(814) 764-5159
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1756 Lindquist Drive Falconer, NY 14733-9720
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817 Tobias Road Halifax, PA 17032
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4751 County Road 5 Hall, NY 14463
(585) 526-6325
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8011 Paxton St. Harrisburg, PA 17111
(717) 583-2101
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185 Route 31F Macedon, NY 14502
(585) 425-4428
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13330 Rt.31 Savannah, NY 13146
(315) 594-0115
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336 Vaughn Street Springville, NY 14141
(716) 592-4058
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4488 Greenville-Sandy Lake Rd. Stoneboro, PA 16153
(724) 376-3740
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(585) 591-1670
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Deer Food Plot Preparation Guide: Equipment & Tips for Hunters

Deer Food Plot Preparation Guide: Equipment & Tips for Hunters

Posted by Susan Alekseczyk

As the seasons change, avid hunters are getting ready to tend and prepare food plots to attract deer for the upcoming hunting season. Food plots are good for attracting deer and helping wildlife. They can be useful all year round and help with conservation efforts.

Successful food plot management requires careful planning, knowledge of deer preferences, and appropriate equipment. In this guide, we will jump w into the essentials of preparing your food plots and the right equipment to get the job done.

Here are some things to consider to ensure more success with your food plots:

Preparing Your Food Plot

1. Selecting the Site: Choose a location for your food plot that receives adequate sunlight and has well-drained soil. Avoid areas prone to flooding or excessive shade, as these can hinder plant growth.

2. Soil Testing and Preparation: Conduct a soil test to determine pH levels and nutrient deficiencies. Amend the soil as needed to optimize plant growth and productivity. 

3. Choose seeds that deer can't easily find nearby: Plant these seeds in an area that matches your goals for the food plot. Follow planting recommendations regarding seeding rates, depth, and timing to ensure optimal establishment.

4. Maintenance and Fertilizing: Maintenance is key! Monitor the food plot regularly for signs of weeds, pests, or nutrient deficiencies, and address them promptly. Apply fertilizers based on soil test recommendations to promote healthy plant growth.

Essential Equipment

1. Tractor or Utility Vehicle: A tractor or utility vehicle, like the John Deere compact utility tractor or John Deere Gator is essential! You can use this equipment with implements such as a tiller, disc harrow, or seed spreader to help with soil preparation and planting tasks.

2. Seed Drill: A seed drill plants seeds accurately and at the right depth for best growth and germination. Alternatively, you can use a broadcast seeder for larger plots or when precise seed placement is unnecessary.

3. Sprayer: A sprayer is essential for applying herbicides, fertilizers, and other treatments to the food plot. Choose a sprayer suitable for the size of your plot and the type of products you'll be applying.

4. Mowers or Brush Cutters: Mowers or brush cutters keep the food plot healthy by cutting weeds and helping plants grow. They are important for maintenance all year, and especially important during initial plot preparation.

By seasonally tending to your food plot and utilizing appropriate equipment, you can create a quality hunting location for the fall deer hunting season.