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FOOD PLOT WORKSHOP -- A wildlife biologist discusses using oats in deer food plots at a trophy hunting lease on industrial forestland in Arkansas.  (Image courtesy Becky McPeake, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.)

Wildlife Food Plots

Wildlife food plots attract deer, wild turkeys, bobwhites, doves, and waterfowl to a particular location for hunting or viewing purposes. Wildlife professionals encourage landowners to consider implementing additional habitat practices besides relying on food plots.  A well-designed habitat management plan which includes practices such as prescribed burning or thinning trees will improve habitat quality for a variety of wildlife species. Typically these alternative practices cost less per acre than food plots.   

Those who lease land may be restricted from using other habitat practices, in particular hunting clubs leasing industrial forest lands. Planting grasses and forbs in food plots provides patches of diverse habitat. By cultivating and seeding in strategic locations, viewing and hunting opportunities are improved. Hunters can draw wildlife into openings for selective harvest as one component of a deer management plan. Others plant food plots or native grasses near homes or cabins to enjoy seeing songbirds and butterflies, or hear a whistling bobwhite.

For more information about food plots, read Establishing Wildlife Food Plots or contact your local county Extension office.