Creating Linear Food Plots

Donnie Buckland, private lands manager for the NWTF refers to a linear food plot as any long, narrow, meandering strip that runs along or boarders woods, fields, clear-cuts or any form of cover.

Landowners, The USDA Forest Service and other federal and state agencies use these plots to enhance their properties.

Create plots that:

  • Provide classic edge habitat for wildlife: Ideally, linear plots or seeded logging roads should border a variety of different habitats (clear-cut, hard-wood hollow, creek ridge, pine thicket, etc.)
  • Attract wildlife but revoke predators: Plots should be a minimum of 30 to 50 feet wide so predators (such as coyotes, foxes and bobcats) can’t use them as hunting corridors
  • Cater to the needs of hunters: linear plots with bends give hunters more of an advantage because they can watch game coming from two directions
  • Benefit more species than turkeys: bobwhite quail, songbirds, deer and other species like to find insects, seeds or vegetation to eat

Linear food plots provide outstanding food for wildlife and exceptional hunting opportunities for NWTF members. What’s not to like?

For the full article, read the May/June 2015 issue of Turkey Country

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