5 Tips for Better Food Plots

Posted by Jay Everett on

This month, we’re checking in with Jeff Sturgis of Whitetail Habitat Solutions to gain some insight on 5 tips for better food plots. Jeff has a wealth of information and resources pertaining to whitetail habitat and management.

So whether you’re just getting started with your first food plot, or simply wanting to take things to the next level, check out the video below for a look at 5 tips for better food plots this year.

Sturgis Food Plot

Keep These Tips in Mind for Better Food Plots This Year

  • Are you creating the most volume on the properties you hunt through your food plots? Maximize potential for every plot you put in to place for the best results for your deer herd. 
  • Do you have an adequate browse? Deer are browsers. Keep track of browse levels where you hunt. Make sure there are ample opportunities for browsing in the area.
  • Do your plots match the lay of the land? Are they linear plots rather than creating a “round pen” effect with your food plot layout? Think about providing cover for your deer, even when they are standing in your food plot. Is it a comfortable atmosphere for them?
  • Is your plot a nocturnal or non-nocturnal food plot destination? Knowing this will help impact the way you set things up and what you offer.
  • Know your stuff when it comes to weed control, PH levels, and fertility levels. Keeping these items in check will change the game when it comes to the success or failure of your plot. 


Keep the items mentioned above in mind as you plan and prepare your food plots this year. A little extra prep work on the front end will have a dramatic impact on the way you draw and hold deer on your hunting property. Best of luck to you as you prepare throughout the off-season.

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