Rack Buck Bits
Volume 2, Issue 1
Welcome. Spring is just around the corner now. Even though we are still in the nasty grips of winter in much of the country, its time to start thinking about what you are going to do to improve your deer herds health for another year.
Reorder Super Juice!
Its time to check your inventory of Super Juice. Place your order now, so that you get it in time for your first spring juicing. Your bucks have lost up to 25% of their body weight from rutting. Your systems need the added punch from the Super Juice so that they can provide those bucks with much needed protein. The quicker they get enough protein and nutrients to recover from the rut, the quicker they can apply the additional protein to their growing antlers. Your unborn fawns will thank you too, when their mothers are feeding on the nutrient-rich honeysuckle!
Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show - February 6 - 14, 1999
Look for us in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at the Worlds Largest Outdoor Show the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show. The show begins February 6 and runs through the 14th. We will be at Booth 3619. The show is well worth the trip, but be sure to plan for more than one day, because you cant see it all in one!
"Over the years, I have conducted research on just about every deer forage known to man! In spite of many claims, to date I have found no "magic bean" when it comes to feeding deer. However, if you make a list of all the attributes of the "perfect" deer forage --ease of establishment; cost-effective; grows year round; preferred by deer; drought and cold tolerant; etc. --honeysuckle comes up every time. In the past, though, establishment of honeysuckle on high deer density properties has been virtually impossible. The development of the Complete System has allowed landowners and hunting clubs to incorporate honeysuckle quickly and efficiently into their management program. I commend them on this innovative idea."
Dr. James C. Kroll, Institute for White-tailed Deer Management and Research
North American Deer Farmers Assoc. Meeting
After being in Pennsylvania in February, it will be great to be in San Antonio, Texas for the North American Deer Farmers Association Annual Conference. We will have a booth there and look forward to visiting with you. The show begins March 3 and runs through the 5th. Its held at the Airport Hilton.
For more information, give us a call or email. We will have a few one-day passes available.
Food Plot Ideas
There are a lot of articles in magazines these days about deer management and food plot management. Most of these articles are extremely informative and helpful. Whitetail magazine has a series of articles on just this subject. We encourage you to read these articles, as they are very informative and helpful. When some people read one of these articles, they think they have found the magic bullet. When they read the next article about some other type of food source, they think they have found that bullet again, and forget about what theyve read before. The point we are trying to make is to read all of the articles on this fascinating subject you can find, and use as many of these ideas as possible. We pointed out Whitetail magazine because they will take you from A to Z on the subject of food plots. Be sure and catch all of their articles so you dont miss something.
As you may already know, there are several different ways to go about food plot management. And in the end, if done properly, you can come up with the same or similar results. That is what makes this so fun and interesting. Of course, we highly recommend our Complete Systems, but we always preach variety when feeding deer. Here is an additional idea that may interest you when you go to plant your next food plot. The idea of this food plot is to combine a variety of nutritious deer food, that will provide them with the needed nutrition all year long. (When we say combine, we dont mean mix all the seeds together and plant them. Plant each individual crop in its own strip.) Again, one thing we believe in is to have a variety of food for the deer. Even if you have a nutritious food source, deer still look for a variety of vegetation to feed on even if it is not very nutritious. If the deer are going to the neighbors property to get something you dont have, its hard to manage them. If the deer are going to eat a variety of vegetation, why not make it nutritious to help get the deer to his full potential?
Lets say we want to plant this food plot. What crop are we going to use? That can vary from place to place depending on soil types, rain fall, length of growing season, etc. The important part is to provide the deer with the nutrition they need, when they need it. Protein from the time they drop their antlers to the time they shed their velvet, and carbohydrates from the time they shed their velvet to the time they drop their antlers, are the most important factors in this whole puzzle. Whitetail has devised a rotation of plants for year-round nutrition that works great in their area. It may be a little different in your area, but you will get the idea if youve been following the articles.
Lets take our food plot and divide it in half. We will plant one half with some warm season plantings (proteins) and the other half with some cool season plantings (carbohydrates). Whatever we plant we do not want any lag time between our crops. This will probably mean planting more than one cool season crop and more than one warm season crop. To insure there is no lag time between these crops and for added variety, lets use perennials as a border crop. There are a wide variety of perennials in all parts of the country that deer like to browse on. By using these perennials as borders you will not waste any fertilizer, you will have a better variety of food, and they will break up our food plot, creating security and more edge.
Ideally, we would want the width of our plot to be in 50-ft. increments, because that is how far a fertilizer buggy will spread fertilizer. It could vary from place to place, so use your own judgement. No matter how far it is suppose to cover, there will always be fertilizer that bounces out farther. This is usually wasted, but not if we use some type of border plantings that will catch this over run and utilize it. This will cause our plantings to be more nutritious than the naturally occurring vegetation and the deer will prefer the more nutritious plants of the same variety.
We want to get our deer in a habit of coming to one particular area to feed, year round. If we can get our deer into this habit they will be easier to manage and hunt. This is not saying we want to have all the deer on a few hundred acres or more coming to the same area to feed. This is not practical or healthy for our deer. Dr. Kroll says if you have food, cover, and water in proper proportions, you can keep deer in an 80-acre area most of the time. So if you have more than 80 acres, it would be a good idea to divide the property into 80-acre sections. Working with each section providing food, cover, and water, will mean more and healthier deer on your property.
Notice the strips of perennials have a break in the middle. This will allow deer to enter from the side with ease. If you put up a post on either end of the perennials and run a heavy gage wire between them. It would give them some to grow on, producing more volume in a smaller area. The break in the middle of the perennials could then be used as a funnel to funnel the deer into the field.