Have you ever been out to check on your food plot and discovered that something has damaged it even after your meticulous care and watchful eye? Sometimes food plots take a hit, even if it wasn’t your fault. Animals, the weather, and other hunters can all ruin a growing food plot even if you’re doing your best. Here’s what to do if you find yourself needing to nurse your food plot back to health.
Pest animals like bears and raccoons seem to have a habit of breaking into people’s food, whether it’s garbage or a food plot. They will be drawn to food plots, so don’t be surprised if you see one of these creatures on your trail camera from time to time. Our Feedbank Gravity Feeders are incredibly durable and can stand up to nuisance animals. The cover is made with a strong polyethylene material and locks out hungry paws. The dispensers are high enough off the ground that raccoons will have a hard time climbing up to the opening. The slick material of the feeder sleeve doesn’t give them much grip, which will also deter them from trying to feast on your property.
If you find that your feeder has been disrupted by an animal, try moving it to a different area of the property. Doing this will inconvenience the pest animals and may be enough to deter them from trying again, but it won’t deter deer from coming to your property. Deer aren’t afraid to seek out food sources, and if they know there is always food on your property somewhere, they’ll find it.
Weather the Weather
Mother Nature can wreak havoc on a food plot. Whatever she throws at your food plot, you need to weather to weather. If a storm brings in heavy winds, it might knock over your plants and flatten the plot. When a plant’s leaves and stalks break, it exposes the roots to disease. If you take care of the damage immediately you can prevent further damage and allow the plants to regrow.
If a windstorm hits before your food plot seeds have sprouted, they may have been spared if they were planted deep enough into the ground. If the storm brings rain, your seeds may have washed away in the run-off if they hadn’t taken root yet. If this happens, replant with the seasonally appropriate seeds as soon as you can.
Plants that see a lot of wind consistently can dry out more quickly. If you discover that your crop is wilting, you might need to put up a fencing system to protect from the wind. Whatever barrier you choose shouldn’t be so thick that it covers the crop in total shade. Your food plot still needs to have a mixture of sun and shade throughout the day, so you don’t want to stifle your food plot while trying to protect it.
As with most things in life, there is the risk of human error when trying to maintain a food plot. Other hunters may accidentally damage your food plot when they pass through while tracking an animal. If this is the case, consider placing signs around your food plot to alert the other hunters that they are entering a section of carefully curated plants.
There are a lot of things that could potentially damage your food plot. Pesky animals, the weather, and other hunters can affect how your food plot grows.
What do you do when something damages your food plot? Let us know in the comments below!