Build or Buy?

You can get a food plot without any sweat, but it will cost you. Whether you lease land to hunt or have a local landowner grant you permission, a tillable field isn’t far away. Research the price of crops, the average expected bushels your region produces and enter the world of market futures.

Farmers plant and sell their crops to generate cash flow. Approach your farming friend and offer them a fair price to leave several acres of standing crops in an area that provides you with a clear ambush location. Deer, turkeys, small game and other wildlife species flock to standing crops, but soon begin to wander after the harvest. If you can keep a plot of standing crops along an edge or the nook of a field, your location will continue to be a hotbed of activity. Corn, soybeans, sorghum, oats and other grains work as attractants for white-tailed deer, turkeys, waterfowl and other wildlife. The only issue with leaving standing crops is the fact a farmer may want to expedite soil preparation for spring. If that’s the case, provide some additional monetary incentive and your piece of heaven will increase in worth, especially if it is surrounded by black earth.

Several years ago, I freelanced a plan that included several of the previously listed strategies. I bartered the use of a large tractor and disk to till a plot. After returning that tractor and implement, I negotiated with another neighbor to plant the plot for a small fee. I paid for fuel and seed. Fertilizing and weed control was done via an ATV. How did it work? In back-to-back years, I shot mature whitetails in pinch points leading to and from the economical piece of food plot heaven.

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