Growing up, we learned that nobody likes a snitch. Even some of our elders told us that nobody likes a tattle-tale. But nobody likes a cheater either, and poaching is cheating. Whether it’s killing wild game out of season, trespassing to hunt or fish, or killing more than the law allows, poaching goes against the nature of being a sportsman.
January is the perfect time to start planning for a bumper 2017 food-plot year. While most planting activities are farther down the road, land managers should make strides towards improving soil pH this month. But certain conditions can make a better impact on soil pH than others.
Food plots will help keep wildlife interested and well-fed on a hunting property. While there is tractor time invested, the best plots are a product of a successful biochemistry and physics experiments. For the best food plots, land managers should keep tabs on their plots’ biochemical and physical requirements.
Food is important for whitetail deer year-round, not just during hunting season. They will keep deer close to home, and both warm- and cool-season plots are important to the overall health of the herds and to maximize the attractiveness of a property.
Sighting in your rifle before deer season makes sense, but hunters can also benefit from sighting their rifles in once deer season is over. Grayson Summers of Spartanburg, S.C., goes through the same steps of zeroing in after deer season ends as he does before opening day — for five main reasons.
The 2016 deer hunting season was a big success for 15-year-old Florence, S.C. hunter Nathan Collier. He killed a 185-pound 8-point buck in full velvet in August. The buck sported an inside spread of 18 1/2 inches, and was the young hunter’s first kill with a bow. He killed another buck, this one a 6-pointer, with his rifle later in the season, and finished the year off in late December with another bow kill of a trophy 10-point buck that has been green-scored at 136 6/8-inches.
Even though natural food sources can provide them with adequate nutrition, most deer fail to receive a full complement of groceries in the wild to produce the characteristics hunters look for in a premium herd. If hunters are fully involved in their wildlife properties, food plots should comprise of around five percent of the total land cover, and food needs to be available year around.