Today’s food plot tip of the day comes from “Hunting Mature Whitetails the Lakosky Way”, the recent book published by Lee & Tiffany Lakosky. Within a section focused on planting and maintaing food plots, the Lakosky’s make a simple, but incredibly important point about the food plots you want to hunt come this fall. It’s a point that’s relevant both for hunting season AND for your planning this spring.
Food Plot Tip of the Day – Killing Fields
“Normally, the smaller plots that we call our killing fields are very secluded by design, and they’re the ones we really try to focus on for hunting during early bow season. They’re always tucked into the timber somewhere, never close to roads and never within sight of any road.”
Simple, right? Their “killing plots” or “killing fields” are secluded, tucked away and out of sight. But unfortunately these points are often forgotten, as hunters excitedly plant as big a food plot as possible and then hunt the hell out of it. Are you really achieving much with this? Most likely not. Most mature deer will be visiting a large food source like this after dark, and after a couple hunts, any deer that have been visiting in daylight will change their patterns.
To avoid this mistake, plan your killing plots different than your feeding plots. As mentioned in the above quote, precisely map out areas for your killing plots that are small, secluded and strateically placed to intercept deer during daylight hours. If you start looking at your food plots as either kill plots or feed plots, and then approach them accordingly – you’ll begin to see much better results from your food plotting efforts.
If you’re interested in more details on proper planning of kill plots – check out the video below from QDMA Director of Education & Outreach, Kip Adams.