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Once you’ve established a food plot on your land, it’s important to not only maintain the food plot, but the land around it. For the food plot itself, you’ll want to occasionally go in with fertilizer and weed killer to promote strong plant growth. You also might decide to overseed in spots that show weakening or to provide food variety for the deer. And don’t forget to water if things start looking dry.
For more information on all of these topics, be sure to check these other articles: How to Plant a Food Plot or How to Clear & Spray A Food Plot.
Other Management Practices Around Your Food Plot
With the food plot doing its job and attracting deer, there are other things you can do to your land to help hold them there—or at least keep them coming back frequently. Everything from creating bedding areas to adding a water hole can provide extra incentive for the deer to stick around all year.
Hinge Cutting To Create Natural Bedding Areas and Shelter for Deer
When you’re walking around the property you plan to hunt, take a look at the wooded areas. Can you see through them cleanly, or is there a lot of overgrowth obstructing your view? To hold deer on your land, you’ll want some overgrowth—the nastier, the better. It provides natural bedding areas for the deer to use.