Minerals, feeds and food plots play equally important roles in every land management strategy. Every area has its own intricacies that you’ll need to take into consideration: climate, native wildlife, soil conditions and more. This guide provides a basic approach that you can adapt to your circumstances.
Minerals: Mineral consumption is high as does carry and nurse fawns. Bucks also seek high amounts of minerals during this time to begin new antler growth.
Feeds: Feeds supplement diet to add nutritional value as the herd recovers from the long winter months.
Food Plots: Spring planting begins for various warm season forage varieties. Other food plots will begin sprouting growth during this time.
Minerals: Deer consume minerals as needed for improved overall health. Bucks reach their final antler growth potential during this time.
Feeds: Feeds provide the last push of nutrition before the rut. This is also the time to begin patterning and attracting deer to trail camera and stand locations.
Food Plots: Leafy forage plants reach optimal growth for deer consumption.
Minerals: During the rut, does consume more minerals while bucks consume fewer. However, rutting bucks will visit mineral sites in search of does.
Feeds: Feeds attract and pattern deer to trail camera locations and hunting areas. This helps hunters monitor and ultimately harvest the appropriate animal(s).
Food Plots: Fall planting begins for various cool season forage varieties. The remainder of leafy forage is consumed during this time.
Minerals: Mineral consumption aids in preparing the herd for the cold months ahead.
Feeds: Feeds are crucial to help deer maintain body fat and provide an energy source when food is scarce.
Food Plots: While leafy forage may be depleted, food plots continue to provide nutrition via underground bulbs (such as radishes) that deer root up and consume.