KEEPING WEEDS IN CHECK Don’t Miss the Forest for the Trees

By Whitetail Institute Staff

It’s often said that death and taxes are the only certainties in life. We hunters and managers, though, know that there’s a third certainty: No matter how well we prepare our seedbeds, and plant and maintain our food plots, grasses and other weeds are going to show up in them at some point. When that happens, knowing how to deal with them can be confusing if you only focus on a particular method (a tree) instead of following an integrated approach (the forest). This article will hopefully clear up some of that confusion.

CREATING AWESOME FOOD PLOTS ON MARGINAL SITES Tough Conditions Challenge Savvy Food Plotters

By Michael Veine

Imagine this: food plot locations with well drained, loam soils that are well-nitrified with neutral pH. Let’s make these locations flat and rock free, too and as long as we’re cruising down Fantasy Lane, it sure would be nice if all food plots received just the right amount of rain as well. Reality though is a far cry from idyllic. Most food plot conditions are less than perfect, yet savvy food plotters can still create deer magnets even in tough locations. It’s just a matter of preparation, execution and good plot maintenance.

Imperial Whitetail PowerPlant---Welcome to the Jungle

By: Whitetail Institute Staff

Imperial Whitetail PowerPlant is a spring/summer annual designed to get lots of protein into your deer right when they need it most: during spring and summer.

A Message From Ray Scott 25 Years of Innovation - "NO" to the Status Quo

America, the great experiment, has proven that when people are given the freedom to be the master of their own futures, they can realize extraordinary achievements. It is this fact that helped build America into the greatest nation on our planet today. Want to start your own business? Go ahead. Work hard, work smart and with a little luck here and there, you can realize your dream.


I have been an avid hunter since I was 12 and began bow hunting four years ago with my fiancé. We live in Central WI, and began managing our small property by implementing food plots and QDM practices.

Horn Porn: Have we gone too far in our obsession with big antlers?

By Bob Humprey
It was looking like a great start to a great hunt. Deer were on the food plot when we arrived, and with a half-hour of shooting light remaining, two bucks stepped into the field.

The Secret: Entry and Exit Routes

By Bill Winke

“Wow,” the young hunter whispered as he bent over to examine the huge scrape. “I’d sure like to get a crack at the buck that made this! Maybe by dark he’ll be wearing my tag.” But, alas, the only thing that came near the scrape that afternoon was a pair of squirrels. Convinced there had to a better spot, the hunter pulled his stand and spent the next day scouting. That evening he hunted over a big rub near a creek. Nothing. The next day the hunter found a spot with “better sign.”