Food Plot Progress

All that hard work putting in a food plot is starting to pay off!

As I wrote about in Spring Food Plots for Deer,  I use Imperial Whitetail Clover and Eagle Seed Soybeans for my plots.

The clover in this plot is 2 years old and it is looking great!

While the deer really like the clover, they are absolutely hammering the soybeans!

I fenced in about 500 square feet of the soybeans to see the difference that it would make and it is unbelievable!

As you can see in the two photos below.

Unprotected Soybeans in Food Plot

Unprotected Soybeans in Food Plot

 

Here is what the soybeans look like that are fenced in!

Protected Soybeans in Food Plot

Protected Soybeans in Food Plot

 

Isn’t that incredible?

What a difference!

The deer absolutely love the Eagle Seed Soybeans!

Here’s a pic of the Imperial Whitetail Clover. It’s doing extremely well!

Food Plot Clover

Food Plot Clover

 

I’m starting to get some good trail cam pics in the food plot.

I’m getting some pics of does, but strangely, none of the does have fawns with them.

I think we may have a major coyote problem as I also get a lot of trail cam pics of yotes.

I would love to hear suggestions on how to reduce the coyote population as I believe this is having a huge impact on fawn mortality.

I do hunt them, but it seems impossible to reduce their numbers to any extent.

Anyway, here are some trail cam pics of deer using the plot.

bachelor group in food plot

Bachelor group in the food plot

 

This is one of the bachelor groups that is currently using the plot. If you look at the buck in the back left, he may be a shooter.

I think he is a buck that we called Niner last year. We made a conscious effort to let him live in order to see how big he could get this year.

He is nice and wide and we still have a solid month of antler growth left, so I’m very excited to see what he’ll like like come September.

bachelor group in food plot

This young guy is curious as to what the camera is!

 

You can see the wide buck in the background. Tine length is pretty short, but there is still time for growth.

 

Wide buck entering the food plot

Wide buck entering the food plot

 

Here’s a decent trail cam pic of the wide buck as he is entering the plot. This pic is 15 yards in front of my Millenium ladder stand!

Food Plot Pic

This young buck loves the Eagle Seed Soybeans!

 

Bucks like this one are the future trophies, but you have to commit to letting them get old enough to develop their potential.

With about a month of antler growth time left, I feel pretty good about having one or two shooters on this piece.

The food plot is looking good and hopefully will draw some more shooters as fall comes around.

I’d love to hear about your food plots! Both your successes and your failures, so that we can help others to grow the best food plot they can!

Leave your food plot comments and questions below.

 

 

 

 

About the author

John VanDerLaan

Hi folks! I'm John VanDerLaan and I have a deep passion for the outdoors, and deer hunting in particular. I am what you call a year round deer hunter. I am in the whitetail woods year round preparing for the next years season and I love to share the knowledge that I've gained over 40 years of chasing the wily whitetail! In full disclosure, it is safe to assume that I am an affiliate for products that I recommend. I will make a commission if you buy through my link. You will not pay more when buying through my link. In fact, oftentimes I have negotiated a lower price (or bonuses) for my readers than you will find anywhere else online. Also, when you buy through my link, it allows me to continue to provide you with tons of FREE valuable information through this website!

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