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How to Create a Natural Food Plot

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Following these steps can improve the wildlife habitat on your property.

Regular removing of brush along roads or right of ways creates constant new growth, which is preferable and beneficial to wildlife such as whitetail deer.

Deer and other species love to browse the tender shoots of blackberry, greenbrier, pokeweed and many native warm-season grasses.

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Create clearings by mowing timber or brush. These will quickly produce an outstanding wildlife habitat.

Exposing the soil allows dormant native seeds to germinate. These native species will provide food and cover for a variety of wildlife. Mowing these clearings biannually will encourage new growth and continue the cycle.

Here are six great species to preserve:

  1. Blackberry: excellent source of protein, and deer love to browse the stalks and new growth
  2. Elm: year-round browse that can be as important as oak
  3. Sumac: food source for a variety of species
  4. Poison ivy: food source for a variety of species
  5. Warm-season grasses: cover and food source
  6. Native clovers: excellent food source

What will you do to prepare for deer this season?

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How to Create a Natural Food Plot