Food Plots for Deer Management in South Texas
I have heard the number ranging on average around 2% of your property should be dedicated to food plots. Now what you decide to plant is up to you. There are many options available when it comes to deciding what to plant. So call your local seed company or any number of the ads you find in your hunting magazines. Do your research, but most of these people are well versed about what grows best in your area and what works best for the nutritional needs of the deer herd. If you don’t have irrigation to your food plots and you are dependent upon rain, then you need to measure the cost effectiveness to determine if the money you are about to spend is worth the gamble if you do not get any rain. Having said that, you most certainly have to try something to help a deer herd out when battling drought conditions like most of Texas is in, and especially if you are high fenced. So there is a multitude of factors that you must decide on when it comes to food plots. It is my personal opinion (non-professional opinion) that fewer and larger food plots works best for my family’s ranch. This helps to reduce the browsing pressure. If at all possible, you want to enclose your food plots so that it can grow and the deer don’t eat the seedlings as they are coming out of the ground. Another thing I like, is what I call a consumption ring. I fence off a tiny area with chicken wire so that no deer or any other animal can eat the plants growing in the ring. This allows you to monitor how much your food plot is growing verses how much the deer are actually consuming. You may also want to consider fertilizer. Having a soil test done can really improve the efficiency of how well your food plot will grow. So this is just a few things to think about when you consider adding food plots. Food plots and supplemental feeding is always best when the deer need it the most. That is typically between July and August and also January and February where we are in the dead of winter and most of the rutting activity is on the decline. So you can also get help from your local biologist with the Texas Parks & Wildlife and any number of private biologist out there. Just as you may seek professional help developing a supplemental feeding program and food plots, you need a professional Texas land broker to help you with the buying or selling of ranch property in the great State of Texas. Please feel free to contact me through the information provided to you here on my website.