How to Plant a Food Plot in Michigan for Deer


Food plots are a useful hunting technique for attracting and hunting deer. Plots can range is size from one to ten acres and can vary in the substance provided for attracting deer. Remember that regardless of owning the land for the food plot, deer may only be hunted in season and with a proper license.

Step 1

Test the soils pH to determine the best type of plant grow growing. Typically a food plot thrives the best when the pH is either neutral or slightly acidic. If the soil is alkaline, contact your county extension office for recommended treatments that will add acidity to the soil.

Step 2

Spray down the entire lot with weed killer and rake up all the dead weeds.

Step 3

Sprinkle the lot with plant seed and rake over the seed to mix it into the topsoil. Roll over the lot with a lawn roller to press the seed firmly into the ground.

Step 4

Fertilize the lot annually in the spring to produce a rich, green patch. The richer the patch, the more deer that will be attracted to it.

Step 5

Water the patch bi-weekly if there is a drought. If the area is receiving its normal annual rain, then there is no need to water.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil pH test kit
  • Weed killer such as roundup
  • Rake
  • Plant seed such as clover or a food plot blend
  • Lawn roller
  • Lawn fertilizer
  • Garden hose


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