Planting Food Plots Without Implements

Planting Food Plots Without Implements

When you're facing a situation where you might not have the equipment you need for a food plot or the cover is too thick to get a tractor to your desired location, there are several options to consider.

You can get brassicas to grow almost anywhere that you can get sunlight to the ground.  The first part of September would be a good planting time.

You can choose between packaged products like Biologic, Winter-Greens and Frigid Forage, or you can buy purple top turnips and dwarf Essex rape from online seed dealers.

I know hunters that literally use a rake to clear the leaves away and toss the seeds right on the moist soil shortly before a rain.  However, you will definitely do best if you eliminate the competition first and plant in a small opening with maximum sunlight.


Consider using a backpack sprayer filled with RoundUp to kill the grass and low brush in the opening first.  After about two weeks, go back and remove as much residue as possible.


Ideally, you can get a small garden tiller in there on the back of your ATV.  If not, you can make do with a simple weed cutter and a garden rake.  Open things up so that sunlight hits the ground.  Spread some basic lawn fertilizer with the seed.  In a month, you'll have a nice food plot.  It may take the deer some time to find and fully utilize the offering.


Recommended for You

Treestand hunting is not an exact science. We all learn with experience, and there is definitely an Whitetail

10 Best Treestand Hunting Tips

Bill Winke

Treestand hunting is not an exact science. We all learn with experience, and there is...

We tested this new trail-cam technology! Scouting Tools

Moultrie Mobile Cellular Camera: Remote Scouting Made Simple

Christian Berg - July 22, 2019

We tested this new trail-cam technology!

Is your bow setup a bit noisy? Try these tips to silence it. Bow Accessories

6 Ways to Make Your Bow Quieter

Darron McDougal

Is your bow setup a bit noisy? Try these tips to silence it.

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

CenterPoint CP400 Crossbow – First Look

CenterPoint CP400 Crossbow – First Look

CenterPoint Archery evolves in design and performance with the introduction of the new CP400 Crossbow.

Ravin Broadheads – 3 New Mechanicals

Ravin Broadheads – 3 New Mechanicals

Designed exclusively for their crossbows, Ravin has announced three new mechanical broadheads to maximize penetration and overall performance.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

We've rounded up the best new compound bows at the 2019 ATA Show. Here are our top picks for the year! ATA Show

Best New Bows for 2019

Tony J. Peterson - January 10, 2019

We've rounded up the best new compound bows at the 2019 ATA Show. Here are our top picks for...

We've rounded up the best new fixed-blade broadheads from the 2019 ATA Show. Check out our top picks! ATA Show

New Fixed-Blade Broadheads for 2019

Brian Strickland - January 10, 2019

We've rounded up the best new fixed-blade broadheads from the 2019 ATA Show. Check out our top...

Check out our picks for the best new bow sights from the 2019 ATA Show! ATA Show

Best New Bow Sights for 2019

Tony J. Peterson - January 10, 2019

Check out our picks for the best new bow sights from the 2019 ATA Show!

See More Stories

More How-To

A misaligned peep can lead to missed opportunities in the field. How-To

How to Fix & Prevent Peep Sight Rotation

Randy Ulmer

A misaligned peep can lead to missed opportunities in the field.

Whether you've never killed a deer from the ground or had little success, there are several ways to increase your chances for an in-your-face encounter. How-To

How to Bow-Kill a Buck at Ground Zero

Darron McDougal

Whether you've never killed a deer from the ground or had little success, there are several...

Mid-Summer Is Prime Time to Watch Large-Racked Bucks — and Stoke Fall Enthusiasm! How-To

Summer Scouting Spectacular

Bill Winke - July 17, 2019

Mid-Summer Is Prime Time to Watch Large-Racked Bucks — and Stoke Fall Enthusiasm!

See More How-To

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.