Planting Food Plots With Small Equipment

No Tractor? No problem! It's still possible to plant food plots without expensive equipment

I’m not going to lie to you, top-of-the-line tractors and implements make the food plotting process much, much easier. Serious habitat equipment will yield serious results, but there’s no doubt you’ll pay big expenses on the front end. Can’t do it? That’s alright; you’re by no means alone. The good news is you can drastically improve your wildlife habitat with small equipment. In fact, it’s amazing what you can accomplish with sweat equity and good old-fashioned hard work.

If you have access to even a small tractor (say 30 horsepower or less), there’s no shortage of ways to break ground. A tiller, disc harrow, all-purpose plow, scarifier, ripper, or even a drag harrow can be used to adequately disturb the soil before seeding. Depending on your intended crop, it’s often a good idea to use a cultipacker or roller to pack the freshly disturbed soil before and after seeding. Your goal should always be to develop a firm seed bed for adequate seed-to-soil contact. Tractors and implements usually can be rented for a fair price.

However, if a tractor is totally out of the equation, you still have options. There’s a growing crowd of whitetail hunters who are planting food plots with great success using UTV/ATVs and small attachment systems. Several manufactures offer modular attachments that can be mounted directly to a receiver hitch. Perhaps the biggest advantage to these compact tools, aside from being affordable, is their mobility. A well-equipped UTV can access remote areas that are inaccessible by tractor. Sometimes, planting a small food plot in a secluded spot can result in excellent hunting.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Battling Breeding Bucks

Battling Breeding Bucks

Stan Potts heads to his home state of Illinois to hunt whitetails with his bow during the November rut.

Deer Dog: Shed Conditioning

Deer Dog: Shed Conditioning

Jeremy Moore talks about the importance of your deer dog's physical conditioning.

Putting a New Spin on an Old Whitetail Hunt

Putting a New Spin on an Old Whitetail Hunt

Gordon Whittington returns home to Texas to relive one of his favorite deer hunts of all-time, and make new memories.

Deer Dog: Replicating Realistic Tracks

Deer Dog: Replicating Realistic Tracks

On this edition of "Deer Dog," Jeremy Moore discusses the role scent plays when it comes to tracking and how to incorporate it into your training.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Even snow-white deer are fairly common in comparison to those that are abnormally dark in color. Deer Behavior & Facts

Rarest Whitetails Of All?

Gordon Whittington - September 22, 2010

Even snow-white deer are fairly common in comparison to those that are abnormally dark in...

Not figuring the correct range to the target is a common mistake. How-To

Bullet Drop & Range Estimation

Travis Faulkner

Not figuring the correct range to the target is a common mistake.

Here's a look at some of the new deer rifles from SHOT Show 2020! Guns

Best New Deer Hunting Rifles for 2020

Lynn Burkhead - January 29, 2020

Here's a look at some of the new deer rifles from SHOT Show 2020!

Fill your quiver with the right ammo this season. Bowhunting

The Best Arrows for Deer Hunting

Tony J. Peterson - June 10, 2019

Fill your quiver with the right ammo this season.

See More Trending Articles

More Land Management

By the time summer rolls around, many favorable plants to whitetails become less palatable. Land Management

Why Plant Warm Season Food Plots?

Haynes Shelton

By the time summer rolls around, many favorable plants to whitetails become less palatable.

Restore the predator balance on your land. Land Management

Managing Hog & Coyote Populations for Whitetail Properties

Mark Wooley

Restore the predator balance on your land.

See More Land Management

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All North American Whitetail subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now