When To Plant Summer Food Plots


Planting food plots is important to nourish healthy wildlife populations on your land, but planting the plots at the right time is just as important as what you plant. Timing your planting for the summer months will provide food for pregnant does and antler-building protein for bucks. Mossy Oak offers more insight into the benefits of planting warm-weather food plots, the best size and shape of food plots, and the best products to use.

“When looking into the near future, making sure the resident deer population is able to get the nutrition they need that’s high in protein is a must. The warm summer months are when these beauties need to forage. This is the time when the pregnant doe is looking to feed the next generation, and the proud buck with the velvet-covered antlers is looking for that high-quality forage to make both antlers and body reach their full potential.

“All the facts are there: Wildlife biologists have proven that warm-weather food plots are a necessary means in producing healthier and larger deer. The formula is simple: By planting the crops you’re able to guarantee that an ample food supply is there at a time when does are producing milk, fawns are growing and antler development is occurring. And although traditional food plot locations can be used for warm-weather sites, there are some differences that should definitely be taken into account.”

Photo by: Mossy Oak

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Shannon Rikard
Shannon Rikard is a freelance writer and photographer with a passion for conservation and wedding and portrait photography. The Archery Trade Association and National Wild Turkey Federation have published her work. A self-professed word geek, she enjoys Wheel of Fortune, crossword puzzles, and finding a dynamite synonym to illustrate any point. After starting her career in public relations with a national conservation organization, she ventured out on her own with Copper Door Studios.