First question to answer is do you have enough native vegetation on your property to sustain food plots? 70% of what deer eat is native vegetation. Over 100 different forbs, sedges, leaves, buds, woody branches, fruit, nuts, berries and so on. Food plots are meant to supplement your properties lack there of, not feed your deer herd. Food plots also act as an attractant to hunt near and of course are usually very high in nutrition.
Second - location? Where is a good spot for one. I say almost anywhere. If you want to hunt near it you should take wind into consideration. Only problem is usually where there is an open area usually means the soil is poor. This only means it will take some time and work to get it how you want it. It will show more of it's full potential about 3 years in. Our goal is to get you a high producing perennial plot by year 3. We WILL NOT install a food plot without a soil test. $40 for the first plot $20 additional plots. Basic pH test, Macronutrients
Key to success: Moisture. We need timely rains for food plot success. Are there ways's around this? yes.
Food plots are expensive but let's face it everything in hunting is expensive. OUR prices range from $250 to $600 per acre, plus seed, fertilizer and a number of other factors. But the joy you get out of it and putting it together in your overall management plan is more than worth it. Look for our new technique of crimping and notill planting coming soon!
This is your food plot that is already growing and it's the most important habitat factor. Before you spend hundreds of dollars the native habitat needs to be addressed first. These naturally occurring plants are already producing some food and cover, but with little encouragement they could become more valuable than food plots. Deer will do even better nutritionally if both are present. Our management goal is to provide as much quality habitat as possible.
Let's understand a little about what deer eat. Many hunters and people new to wildlife habitat management do not have a good understanding of what deer eat and when they eat it. The diet of deer is known for great variety and about 70% of their diet. It consists of browse, soft mast, hard mast, mushrooms, wild grasses, forbs, ag crops and landscaping. Look for more information on what this food is and how to manage it on the blog page.
Native Vegetation Management
Prices start at $100 plus travel. I make these events entertaining and educational getting the audience involved. Topics include: Food Plots (with sub topics), QDM philosophies, Jaw Bone Aging, Aging Deer on the Hoof, Native Vegetation Management, Cooperatives and more.
Quality Deer Management
I have based my consulting business on Quality Deer Management (QDM). My education is an Associates of Applied Science in Horticulture from Ferris State University. I also have a certificate degree in Wildlife/Forestry Conservation from Penn-Foster Career School and most important I am certified through the Quality Deer Management Association as a Level 2 Deer Steward and Land Certification Program writer. The goal is to provide as much quality habitat as possible.
Become a member of the QDMA by clicking the button below. Required for my services.
Seminars and Speaking
Hunting Land Enhancement
Land Preparation Prices vary
Jaw Bone Aging - free
Trail Camera Surveys - price varies
Blind building with Towers - $1000
Hinge cutting Bedding Areas - Price varies
Hinge cutting Travel routes - Price varies
Hinge Cutting for Cover - Price varies
Film your hunt - Mon-Thur $80 day. $50 per sit. Fri - Sun $100 day $75 per sit. Editing TBD final hunt on DVD. $250.00
This is a management philosophy that unites land owners, hunters and managers in a common goal of producing a healthy deer herd. This is biologically and socially sound within enviromental, social and legal constraints. Basically what you and your neighbors can do to the land legally to produce a healthy herd. This also typically involves protecting yearly bucks with adequate doe harvest.
-Have you ever passed a young buck?
-Have you ever harvested a doe?
-Have you ever done any kind of forestry or any other kind of habitat work to benefit deer and other wildlife?
-Have you ever planted a food plot?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are practicing a form of Quality Deer Management.
Although the term QDM has been thrown around since the 1960's, I believe it's simply not fully understood. This technique takes dedication and commitment, an increased knowledge of deer biology and a respect for an ethical obligation to practice it. This is where the Quality Deer Management Association helps you understand what QDM is about. Find a local branch in your area and ask to be involved in their activities.
QDM is not about big antlers and killing all the does, it's about whole herd health and management. More knowledge of deer, better understanding and being involved with habitat improvements are key features to allow deer hunting well into the future. Deer hunting is declining, don't wait till the hunting of deer is gone before you do something, get started today. It's never to late.
Pricing: Initial consultation by phone or within 20 miles of 48617. Discuss goals and objectives. Discuss current management practices and neighboring properties. $ FREE
Complete Deer Management Plan. Maps needed, high quality topography map is helpful. We will walk property together and discuss details. Generalized summary of discussing, notes and maps. $200 and up.