Never got around to planting your food plot last spring? Don’t sweat it. A lot of well-intended deer hunters find themselves in the same situation year after year.
Fortunately, there are plenty of late summer and early fall planting options that will attract deer to the areas you want to pull them into. Simply sow the right seeds in the right places right now, use H-G Food Plot, and your last-minute food plot will attract deer just in time for bow season.
Here’s how to plant a last-minute food plot:
1. Pick a Spot
Find spots that are situated along or near a deer’s route between bedding and feeding areas and also constitutes a natural clearing, such as a small overgrown field. These places are easy to plant and make a natural ambush for bucks on their way to feed. Just make sure the spot gets at least a few hours of sunlight each day.
2. Prepare the Ground
Use a rake to clear away leaves and use a non-selective herbicide to kill weeds. Mow them down and work them under with a tiller or ATV attachment. Remove any debris and then add a one-pound bag of H-G Food Plot per 150 square feet. Rake or till H-G Food Plot into the soil at a depth of four to six inches.
3. Plant the Seeds
Note that annual plants are a better choice for a last-minute food plot than perennials. They grow faster than perennials and can more easily handle colder conditions. Winter peas are a good choice as are oats and wheat. Once you’ve chosen your seeds, spread the mixture lightly and evenly, never burying it deeper than 1/8 inch. Drive over the area to create a firm seed-to-soil contact.
4. Pray for Rain
Seeds may sprout without rain, but more often, you’ll need a bit to get them going. Then it’s just a matter of a few weeks before deer begin turning your last-minute food plot into a hunting hot spot.