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A Step by Step journey from clearing the land to maintaining an existing food plot.


We continue on what we started in 1998 with the maintenance of our clover plot, a new food plot and the long term results.

Food Plot Milestones

1998 Part I - Planning (early March)
In this segment, we look at the character of the land, the cost involved with clearing and determining the proper size and location.

1998 Part II - Crop Choices
Our soil test is back and the results are worse than expected. Our decision changes now to what to plant and how much work there will be to amend the soil.

1998 Part III - Fertilizing/Planting
Our crop chosen, our soil tests back, and our plot is planned out. With the arrival of warm weather, we break out the heavy equipment and plant our plot.

1998 Check up 
The first check up of our plot and the results are terrific. Check them out!

1998 Maintaining/mowing
It took a while to get back down to the land so we were curious to see how the plot was doing. We were not let down....

1998 Bowhunting Season
We hunted the food plot on opening week. Read a day by day account of what we saw!

1999 Spring Checkup / New plot installed 
So how did our food plot fare in its second year? Find out as we check up on it and also plant a new plot.

1999 - Checkup /Dramatic Results
We went down to check out our Food plot on Memorial Day Weekend and the Clover results were astonishing. The Buckwheat is not doing well however.

1999 - Checkup and Maintenance 
Our first trip to the plot since May and it was in tough shape. The Buckwheat was pretty much dead while the clover remained healthy yet overbrowsed and being choked by weeds.

 1999 - Bowhunting Season
The October bowhunting season was a good one on the plot.

 2000 Spring Planting
After the winter of 2000, our plot is in tough shape. We repair the bare spots and install a new plot in our failed 1999 buckwheat patch.
Summer 2000 - Checkup

Our plot is a disaster. The rains encouraged heavy weed growth which choked out our plot. 

Summer 2000 - Checkup 2

Our plot is rebounding since our last, depressing, visit.  

2000 Bowhunting Season
Hunting season was tough for a variety of reasons but the plot fared better than we expected.
2001 New plot installation
We decided to rip it all up and start over again with a new installation. See how we did that.
2001 Spring Check Up

What a mess. The grass and weeds came back stronger than ever. Now we have some decisions to make.

2001 Summer Check Up
The plot was suffering from drought but deer sign was clear. We set up a trail monitoring camera to capture the action over two days on each end of the plot.
No Food Plot - we sprayed roundup to kill all vegetation and started new in 2003.
2003 Spring Planting
We plant Imperial No-Plow as a new trial plot.
2003 Spring Checkup
Good results - but concerns about the amount of Rape turn out to be well founded.
2003 Hunting
Plot in great shape, but deer ignore the Rape.
2004 Planting
We start new with a new brand of seed and a new strategy.
2004 Spring Checkup
Good results so far.
2004 Fall Hunting
Excellent Results, Plot is a 9 out of 10
2005 Planting
Replanted using Monster Mix
2005 Spring Checkup
Good results
2005 Hunting
Moderate Utilization
2008 Checkup and Planting
Surprising Results
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