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Hunting Vs. Shooting
As dawn grudgingly gives way to daylight, a hunter approaches, of all things, a makeshift table and chair sitting in the middle of nowhere, yet seemingly awaiting just such a visitor. In this case, "nowhere" is a wooded sidehill in mule deer country....

Beginners Luck
By Matt Sloan -- Beads of sweat rolled down my face as I hoisted my bow up the tree. The warm September afternoon made my hike up the hill and into my stand less than pleasant. I had started to wonder if my friends were right when they told me I was...

Quick Tips Guide To Establishing Food Plots


Planting Method


Monthly Tips For Successful Food Plots


Seed Species Profile


Calculating Food Plot Size


Guide to Successful Wildlife Food Plots
Understanding basic wildlife needs when developing your property will help you get started and lead to much greater success. Making sure you meet the basic needs of wildlife is essential to developing a true wildlife refuge that will make your proper...

Do Deer Hunters Need Food Plots?
Here is a quick quiz to see if you need to read this article: Does your hunting property lack row crop agriculture (corn, soybeans, alfalfa) either within the property or around it? Has all previously existing row crop agriculture been converted to p...

Winning the Weed Wars!
Well, you thought you did everything right. Let's see, got that soil test, applied recommended lime and fertilizer, plowed vigorously and prepared a smooth seedbed, inoculated the legumes, carefully broadcast your seed, covered lightly and prayed for...

Patriot White Clover
By now everyone in the deer and turkey worlds has heard of Durana clover and many of them have already planted it. This new Pennington clover is a productive powerhouse clover that is highly competitive in a mixed stand with perennial grasses, weeds ...

Dolomitic Lime May be Your Best Food Plot Friend
"Got lime?" This is my first question for the hunter on the phone who wants to know what to plant in his deer food plots. If the answer is "no," then my response to the caller switches to Plan B and we end up talking about lesser deer planting possib...

How Many Acres and Where to Plant for Deer and Turkeys
Both deer and wild turkeys will definitely benefit from high quality agronomic food plots on a minimum of 5 to 10 percent of your property in a heavily forested area wherever this is feasible. This means 2-4 plots averaging 2 acres each per square mi...

The Whole Truth About Durana White Clover
Do you remember the nursery rhyme "Jack and the Beanstalk?" I haven't read the story in about 50 years, but the best I can do dredging up details from memory, it went like this. (Please remember that folks like me over 55 years old are known to suffe...

Forage Chicory is the New Kid on the Block
Forage chicory is a broad-leaf perennial herb in the sunflower family that looks similar to common plantain or even dandelion leaves. It can be grown on well-drained or moderately drained soils having medium to high fertility and a pH of 5.5 or great...

Browse Exclosures are Necessary for Your Food Plots
What do you mean, you can't tell what time it is without a clock? How much rain did you get last month? Don't have a rain gauge? How long could you go without a gas gauge in your vehicle? How much deer use is there on your food plots? Get the message...

All Clovers are Great to Anchor Your Food Plots!
Four-wheeler, treestands, camouflage, scents and rifles are all really important tools to help us harvest bucks. However, one of the most important deer management tools is often ignored, downplayed or totally left off the serious hunter's list - foo...

Vintage Year
By Bennie L. Wynkoop -- On Dec. 5, 2005 – two days before my 52nd birthday – the alarm woke me at 4 a.m.  After checking the weather outside in Virginia Beach, Va., I got dressed and started packing my hunting gear in the truck. My son’s friend...

Missouri Youth Hunt second largest on record
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- Young hunters checked 13,328 deer during the early portion of Missouri’s youth firearms deer season Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, barely missing a record.

Firearms industry generates $122 million for conservation in 2nd quarter
From the National Shooting Sports Foundation -- According to the most recent Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax Collection Report, released by the Department of the Treasury, firearm and ammunition manufacturers report excise tax obligations to be m...
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