The Importance of Food Plot Plants in Wildlife Management
Food plot plants are planted to attract wildlife, such as deer, turkey, and geese. They are planted to feed the wildlife, especially the deer. These plants are also used for hunting deer. They are low-tech plants and need little time to care for them.
They are planted twice during the year, in spring and summer. Planting times vary depending on whether you want to hunt deer during spring or summer. Most food plot plants are planted at any time of the year.
Food plot plants include Red Chokeberry, riverbank wild rye, switchgrass, barnyard grass, wild oats, river oats, broom sedge, Black Raspberry, elderberry tree, paw tree, mulberry tree, mountain mint, bamboo, among others.
Benefits of Food Plot Plants
- They can withstand harsh conditions. Some food plot plants can survive in all types of environments and conditions. For example, Pennsylvania sedge is a drought-tolerant plant.
- They grow in large numbers. It will enable you to have surplus food to help you feed the animals. For example, Palm sedge, Indian grass, Blue Grama Grass.
- They produce flowers that will make your home look attractive.
- They attract songbirds, which will help you reduce stress and improve your mood. Another plant that helps improve your mood is water garden plants. For example, some of these plants, river cane plants, are evergreen throughout the year.
- They provide health benefits. For example, the Goldenseal plant is used to treat digestive problems and skin and eye irritations.
- They offer shelter and protection to wild animals. For example, Water Willow, which grows in water, protects the eggs of laying fish and offers shelter for snakes.
- They are easier to maintain. Food plot plants require little or no energy to maintain. Most of them do not need you to keep watering them; all they require is watering, mowing, and pruning them.