The Anatomy of a Perfect Whitetail Food Plot

The Anatomy of a Perfect Whitetail Food Plot

There you stand, hands on your hips, staring at a patch of dirt, a scattering of weeds and a few yellowing brassica plants. What was supposed to be your deer killin' honey hole has turned into something more closely resembling a black hole.

Not only did your food plot suck hundreds of dollars out of your wallet and countless hours from your life, but it crushed your hopes of killing a big buck this season. Your food plot totally, epically failed.


What happened? Any number of factors can contribute to a food plot fail. On the other hand, growing a perfect patch of clover, beans, brassicas or wheat really is pretty simple if you follow a handful of basic steps.



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