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Laying Out Your Food Plots - Part II
by David Morris

Distribution And Size
Ok, you have a handle on the total acreage of food plots needed, but how many plots do you need, what size should they be and where should they go. You can’t really answer any of these questions without giving thought to the others since they’re all related and interdependent. The number of plots depends in part on what size they are, and vice versa. And, in areas with limited tillable land, the distribution of the tillable land and how much of it there is at…
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Spikes: Have Recent Penned Studies Ended the Debate? - Part I
by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson

There is no other topic like the issue of spikes to spark a heated debate at deer camp.  Everyone seems to have an opinion about…

The Importance of Continued Data Collection
by Cody Zabransky

Data Collection, they are two words, which often go unheard by many deer hunters.  Depending on where you hunt, as the season fires up or…



Understanding Deer Talk
by Dr. Mickey W. Hellickson

I was seven years old, squirrel hunting on my grandfather’s land in north-central Iowa when I heard my first white-tailed deer snort.  I had just…



Scouting Public Land Pays Off
by Terry Sedivec

When I first moved to Iowa 12 years ago, I had no access to private land. My sole availability was public ground, which fortunately Iowa…



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What Is Palatability?

Palatability is a word that describes how much deer like something. In food plots, you want plants with high palatable. After all, the whole idea is to attract deer to the plots and get them to eat whatever is in them. But, high palatability is a mixed blessing. The more palatable a plant is, the harder to establish; the less palatable a plant is, the easier to grow. This is why weeds do so well – the deer aren’t eating…
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