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|Wildlife areas in many parts of the U.S. have become
smaller with the encroachment of civilization and many of the natural wild food
crops are disappearing along with many water sources.
nutritional supplements provided by food plots now supplies prime food resources to
wildlife in many areas.
While some animals range
hundreds of miles in migratory routes; some only travel a limited area in their lifetimes.
Yearly instead of just seasonal foraging needs to be kept in mind when planting the food
plots. The new hunter manages wildlife just as the farmer manages domesticated animals
with an increased awareness that today's young provide tomorrows hunt. And just like the
farmer planting for his own animals he also provides for the "wildlife" that eat
his crops; the hunter is providing forage and seeds for other wildlife also. Songbirds,
mice and a host of other animals in the environment utilize these crops throughout the
year in one form or the other.
Rotational crops should be
employed not only to attract but also serve as cover and breeding grounds for wildlife.
Crops that mature at different rates can be planted in one planting. Cow peas
and clover can be planted together and the peas will grow, produce and die while the
clover is still being foraged. Many of the tubers and millets can be planted for wet areas
and will germinate only after flooding when the season is in for ducks. Wildflowers
adapted for your area are not only beautiful but provide seed for many of the smaller
wildlife. Corn can be one of the longest usage crops for a host of animals while green and
afterward when either left standing, pushed or mown down for fall and winter
forage. Early and late millets can be planted along with sunflowers that mature at
different time depending on the variety chosen.
- Foodplot Management
Successful foodplot management is
designed to incorporate the maximum use of annual and perennial food sources. Food plots
should provide yearly (not just seasonal) food, shelter, reproductive areas, nursery
conditions, the range according to the species, adaptable water sources and the usage of
native plants that each species are accustomed. Animal plots are not much different in the
planting and care as human food sources are. They generally must be cultivated in some
way, seeded whether manually or by machine, fertilized, weeded, watered if needed, and
tended in one form or the other to get the maximum benefit expected. The basic difference
is that pesticides and herbicides are used only in extreme cases.
You may be planning on attracting one species but
you can also attract unwanted ones to the area so be prepared. A good example is the wild
hog populations that are so destructive to these prepared food sources. Basic knowledge of
wildlife habitat is essential to preparation and maintenance of food plots. Food plots are
planted with grains, millets, tubers, legumes, grasses, trees, shrubs, vines, oil seed
plants such as sunflowers, weeds, mushrooms, berry plants, reeds, water plants and all of
nature in one form or the other.
Serious game management might include adding ponds or waterways with the
plant life suited for the site. Swampy marshes may not be popular with most people but
including or enhancing an existing one will bring in the animals. Fertilization of fields
and plants will only add to the productivity of the land and the nutritive value of
the forage material offered. Clearing some over growths to provide better animal egress,
putting in fire lanes, planting small bushes which overtime will become hedges, planting
nut or fruit bearing trees and much much more. The reintroduction of natural plants
species is becoming slightly easier with the wild crafters gathering and growing some of
these vegetation. The natural plants are adapted for the locale and have built in
resistance to disease and insect damage while still attracting the insects that wildlife
naturally fed on many years ago.
a beautiful tomorrow!®