A famous quote from one of America's most beloved baseball movies should provide every passionate deer hunter with one of those, "ah-ha" moments. For me, "Field of Dreams" no longer brings visions of an Iowa countryside baseball field with a corn field set in the backdrop. Last summer, my Dad and I decided to try our first adventure with food plotting. I had great plans of creating a large plot on newly purchased land, to my surprise, most of my plans came together quite nicely. After getting married, I only had so much time to scrunch in a few days to spray, disc and plant, all the while planning this around a good rain to ensure germination. Mid-June 2013, Dad and I began to disc up the plot. Within minutes my Field of Dreams was coming true. Deep, rich soil began to show and I immediately knew we would at least have some success with our experiments of this summer. An hour or so later, two plot sights were turned over and planted with brassica, clover and chicory. Luckily we received a good rain and things were looking up.
This post isn't to discourage hunters from creating or improving natural browse, or to say food plots are a better way to feed deer, it's simply to remind them, if you build it they will come. Build natural browse but culling and clearing, or plant, they will come. Seriously they will, and they did as you can see. Later winter deer fall into a strict pattern of bedding in daylight and feeding at night to build up fat reserves for winter. With the plot situated not 100 yards from bedding areas, the brassica was too easy and obvious for them. The process of creating food plots was fascinating to me and had me appreciating the rich soils and rains God provides for us. Even better is great tasting venison home grown on the farm.