Reap the benefits of a well-managed winter food plot: Dan Nelson

Food plots are probably the most used habitat by landowners throughout South Dakota. They should be carefully considered to ensure that their intended benefits are optimised. If the primary function of a food plot is wildlife survival, the food plot must provide a highly available and adequate supply of food to resident creatures throughout the winter season.

Consider the availability or location of a food plot from a pheasant’s perspective. Winter food plots should be located as close to high quality winter habitat as possible. This will prevent pheasants from traveling long distances, thereby reducing their vulnerability to predation or exposure to harsh winter elements. Additionally, it allows pheasants to store their energy reserves for times when foraging may not be an option during extreme winter events.

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