Article by Gerald Almy.
Forget picture-book plots. Those rolling green carpets, where a single plant species grows uniformly lush from one edge to another—they don’t cut it for mature deer. The ultimate big-buck food plot looks ragged, uneven, disheveled. The traits that make this plot ugly are the very things that will make savvy older bucks visit during shooting light. These two pages reveal a perfect hunting plot, detailing 15 key elements that will make it your personal hunting hotspot this fall.
Look for a plot site that is 1?2 acre to 2 acres. If it’s any smaller, deer will destroy the crops before they grow. If it’s any larger, mature bucks will be wary of using it during daylight, or may show up too far away for a clean shot.
2.) Wind Direction
You need to be able to approach and hunt stands with the wind in your face or perpendicular to the direction of typical deer traffic.
3.) Sun Angle
Choose flat sites when possible. Otherwise, pick a slope facing east or northeast, which will get morning sun when the soil is cool and avoid full late-afternoon sun that can wither crops in dry, hot weather. If possible, position the plot so deer look into the sun as they approach.
Follow the natural contours of the land. Long, skinny plots are preferable to square ones because they provide more edge, where a big buck can feel safe using the plot, only steps from cover. Click Link Below for Full Story!