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Pre-Rut Nutrition

Many folks don't realize this is a critical period nutritionally - time to get bucks in shape for the upcoming rut.

Food Plot Bowhunting Strategies

Regular visitors to this site may remember back in July I talked about the different types of plots, and how the principle objective of feeding plots is to better meet the deer's year-round nutritional needs.  In most cases that means warm-season plo...

Supplemental Feeding and Trail Cameras: Taking Inventory of ...

Each fall, in hunting camps around the country, hunters converge after morning and evening hunts to swap tales of the days events and plot strategies for the next hunt. At some point the conversation inevitably comes around to the status of the local...

Food Plot Strategies for Hunting the Rut

Why you might not hunt your plots the same in November as you would in September, or even October. Conventional wisdom says that early season is best the time to hunt food sources, like food plots. That doesn't mean you shouldn't hunt them during the...

Post-Season Nutrition

How to increase nutrition during the post-rut recovery period. In terms of nutrition, winter represents and ecological bottleneck, and a critical survival period. Deer, especially older bucks have burned up valuable fat reserves during the rut, ju...

Last Minute Fall Plots

Ah fall. It's finally here and another long-awaited hunting season is just around the corner.

Fall Plots

It’s time to plant your cool-season forage plots. It’s all part of nature’s plan. Summer is the season of growth but as the days grow shorter, plants an animals alike seem to stop and take a collective deep breath. Physiological changes are occuri...

Game Programs

Wild Deer Heartland Wildlife Institute believes that you can develop quality deer on the property you hunt. We are committed to providing the finest complete program of mineral, food plot supplementation, and feed in order to improve the over

Site Selection & Prep

Select the SiteGenerally narrower and longer food plots are the best choice because deer prefer to feed as close to cover as they can. If you have a choice, make the plot the width of your broadcast spreader's maximum throw. If you have room, space t...

The Truth About Coated Seeds

A lot of seed companies like to talk about their coated seeds and the increases they yield. They utilize a clay coating on the seed, claiming that it will increase production by allowing the seed to retain moisture. What they won't tell you, however,...

Enhancing Your Food Plots

Oscar Wilde once said, “Books are never finished, they are merely abandoned.” That’s because no matter how hard you try, you can always make it better. Much the same can be said of food plots. No matter how much time and effort you put into them, the...

Laying Out Your Food Plots

We’ve all heard the popular phrase: Proper planning prevents poor performance. Well, it applies to food plots, just like anything else. Where you lay out your plots can significantly influence how effective they are. This is true especially of huntin...

Planting for Other Species

Tom King, CEO of Bighorn Outdoors TV & Bighorn Outdoors Youth Adventure Program and I were creeping along a woods road in our electric ATV, commiserating about our lack of success on a morning turkey hunt when he stopped in mid sentence, then spoke a...

Coming Out of Winter

February 2 is Groundhog Day, when folks anxiously wait to hear if Punxsutawney Phil predicts another six weeks of winter. But news from the Pennsylvania prognosticator is of far greater importance to deer than it is to people. Proper nutrition is imp...

Food Plot Strategy

What is the overall goal of your food plots? You should have one, and here’s why If you were going someplace you’d never been before, you wouldn’t just jump in your car and start driving around. You’d probably get directions first, and you might even...

Mineral Supplements

Understanding The Importance Of MINERALS  Right now is time for warm season perennial food plots, where the emphasis is on protein for body and antler growth. Muscles are made of protein, but antlers are made of minerals. Furthermore, minerals are al...

Proper Seed-Bed Preparation

Before you spread a seed, there is much you can do to enhance the productivity and effectiveness of your food plots.Testing, One, Two, Three...This first action should go without saying, but it doesn’t.  You need to 1) take a soil sample, 2) send it ...

The Best Seed For Your Buck

A lot of seed companies utilize pulverized limestone or sodium bentonite (clay) coating on their seed, claiming it increases plant production. What they don't tell you, and all but the most perceptive customers fail to comprehend, is, that coating