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PATRIOT LWM ARTICLE IN MAY ISSUE OF WOODS & WATERS

Check out this article about warm season food plots from Patriot LWM Outdoors own Joe Brown as seen in the May 2011 issue of Woods and Waters Magazine.

New Informative Video on The Plotmaster

The Plotmaster Hunter Family

We have had alot of requests from our customers for a little more information about The Plotmaster. Here is a great informative video from Patriot LWM Outdoors director of product sales Adam Korman. Adam is also the owner of Eden Habitat Development, Patriot LWM Outdoors habitat and wildlife improvement division installers for the tristate region. Check out this video to learn more about the great Plotmaster Planting Machine and visit http://www.patriotlwmoutdoors.com or http://www.edenhd.com for more information.

The Plotmaster Plot Planting Machine

Well ladies and gentlemen, spring is upon us and if you haven’t given a second thought to your spring food plotting needs then not to fear, you are not alone. Every year time seems to slip away from us all and as the snow melt gives way to green shoots of grass making their way through the soil it once again reminds us, “crap, I better get to food plottin’ “. Whether your a part time plotter or a pro, the Plotmaster can save you both valuable time, and even more valuable money.

The Plotmaster is an all-in-one food plot implement designed to bring you all the tools you could need in your wildlife food plot arsenal in one handy implement. The Plotmaster is equipped with a double gang disk set, seed box with patented versa-seeder technology, spring loaded cultipacker and s-tine chissel plows. You can get the unit for behind an ATV, a tractor or both. The Plotmaster has a wide range of attachments including a grain drill, warm season grass kit, one row planter and more! Why make 4 trips to the field when you can make just one. Check out http://www.PatriotlwmOutdoors.com for more info or http://tinyurl.com/patriotplotmaster to purchase. Also check out this promo video below to see the Plotmaster in action.

You Want to Plant What?? Benefits of Diversionary Food Plots in Agriculture

*This blog entry is a repost from the Patriot Land & Wildlife Blog*

When the idea of planting food plots for white-tailed deer rolls across your tongue in front of concerned community members or agricultural professionals fed up with deer damage, the response is often the same. “You want to plant what??? The last thing we need around here is more deer, and feeding them will surely do just that.”

This statement is not far from the truth but the reasoning behind why it’s a good management decision may surprise you. 

The Origin of a Concept:

When Patriot LWM first began management efforts on a 250 acre tract with 132 acres of crop production agriculture and the remainder in timber and other cover types, the deer damage issue was at a breaking point. Hunter harvest practices were the first issue to get a facelift on the property including the increase in the reduction of adult female deer (does) and implementation of other techniques in line with the principles of “Quality Deer Management”. Initial population analysis identified the need for an extremely high number of female deer to be removed from the property, so much so that alternative harvest techniques needed to be considered.

Supplemental Food Plots:

A well rounded wildlife management program incorporates habitat and forage management into its population control measures. So as a wildlife manager I am somewhat partial to the idea of supplemental food plots as a way to create a year round nutritional program for the overall health of my white-tailed populations. Food plots of varying species (such as clover, chicory, cow peas, etc.) with varying maturation times can be installed to supplement existing food sources (row crops, acorns, etc.). They can also fill gaps in the deer’s diet after other food sources are exhausted, such as after crops are harvested or acorns are depleted. Depending on their intended use and location, it is very simple for supplemental food plots to double as a diversionary food plot as well.

Diversionary Food Plots:

My definition of a diversionary food plot is simply a plot installed for the purpose of diverting a deer’s feeding attention off of one source and onto another, such as off of row crops and into a clover mixture. Once again, your species selection along with its location will be the main determinate of the success of that diversion. Planting something deer have no intention of eating until late December will be of no comfort as the corn and soybeans get devoured in late summer.

Patriot LWM installed a mixture of clovers and chicory based on their perennial nature requiring minimum maintenance and also their high tolerance to deer pressure.

For the purposes of our project, Patriot LWM  worked with the farmer and

located a mutually beneficialsite on the property. 15-30 feet of field edge bordering existing tree lines were donated to the “diversionary food plot fund”, another fact which raises eyebrows in an agricultural community hesitant to give up tillable acreage to the wildlife battle.

Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of this technique.

Running the numbers:

Farmer:

  • Low yield in these sacrificed rows already due to deer damage on edges and shading under the “drip line” of trees
  • Reduced expenses on unused acreage
    • Seed
    • Fertilizer
    • Lime
    • Herbicide application
    • Fuel for equipment
    • Wear and tear on equipment striking trees
  • Hunters gladly supplement the cost of food plot installation for own benefit
  • Increased yield in the remaining acreage
  • Increases recreational lease value of the property

Hunter:

  • Supplemental food source for improved health of deer population
  • Increased harvest opportunities
    • Creates harvest location along edges when normal standing crops would hinder harvest
    • Deer can be concentrated to particular areas for increased harvest
    • Brings deer to the “staging areas” near fields earlier allowing for more harvest opportunities before light expires
    • Keeps local deer populations on the property long after crops are harvested allowing hunters chances to increase harvest throughout the course of the regulated hunting season
    • Attracts deer from neighboring properties which may not have effective management programs to allow their harvest during daylight hours instead of them entering onto the property to feed outside huntable hours.
    • Provides space for hunter access to remove harvested deer while crops are up

In later blog entries we will take a closer look into the specific results of this project but initial findings are very positive. Diversionary food plots coupled with educated hunters practicing the principles of “Quality Deer Management” should be an option worth exploring for many landowners and farmers trying to win the war on deer damage. Stay tuned!

Drought-Proofing Your Food Plots – Guest Entry from Plotmasters Blaine Burley

No matter what size property you manage, if you want to consistently grow trophy-class bucks on your property, you must provide quality, year-round nutrition to your deer herd. In most cases, foodplots (when properly planted and managed) can be the most cost-effective means of providing this year-round nutrition. Even though deer hunting season is over, don’t forget about your deer during the spring and summer months. This is when your deer herd needs nutrition the most! This is the time of year when bucks are growing their antlers and does are feeding their fawns.
With today’s ever-changing climates and rainfall often in short supply, it is very important for land managers to be prepared for the worst. Certain steps can be taken to effectively maximize the production of your food plots even during drought conditions or periods of limited rainfall during the hot, dry summer months. Limited rainfall and droughts (especially during the summer months) can be very detrimental to your food plots if you are not prepared. Proper soil preparation, planting methods, site and seed selection are the keys to providing year-round forage production during these dry periods.

Plot preparation is one of the first steps in conserving and maximizing your rainfall and soil moisture. For example, it is of the utmost importance to have your soils deep-tilled well in advance of your warm-season plantings. In most cases, you can effectively deep-till your plots with a chisel plow,moldboard plow and/or subsoiler. As a deer farmer, depending on your soil types, you may need one ormore of these implements to effectively break up your soils and maximize your soil moisture. Warm-season food plots should be deep-tilled in the early fall to allow the plots to rest and bank moisture for the upcoming spring/summer plantings. If rain comes during the fall/winter, then it will be capturedin the soil. You want your plots to act as “sponges” this time of year in order to collect rainfall for theupcoming spring/summer months. It is also very important not to allow the encroachment of unwanted plants (grass, weeds, etc) in the food plots during this resting/rainfall collection period because these invaders will steal the moisture and nutrients you are trying to save.

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