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The Right Food Plots for Herd Health & Hunting Success

Private-land deer management keeps evolving, but one thing hasn't changed: the need to combine herd health with hunting success. The right food plots can help you achieve both.

The Right Food Plots for Herd Health & Hunting Success
Where it grows well, alfalfa remains one of the best whitetail forages. (Photo by Bill Kinney/Windigo)

Roughly 25 years ago, when I started managing my 120-acre low-fenced Illinois property for deer, in an “average” year the biggest buck on the place would have a gross antler score of right around the 150-inch mark. Year after year I could count on having such a buck to hunt. However, every few years there would be a noticeably bigger one available, usually scoring around 170.

At that time, I was quite happy with this level of management success. And those are still really good deer. But I continually studied whitetails and whitetail management to see if I could do even better. Along the way, my property has “evolved,” if you will, to the point I can now...

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