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Trees and Bushes Bowhunters Can Plant to Increase Their Success

The Best 1-Acre Bowhunting Plot and Honey Holes

Click to enlarge Editor’s note: Many have written about the advantage of planting food plots to manage wildlife. You can provide quality nutrition for your wildlife when you plant crops, but you’ll also have to invest time and money managing those food plots. You may find planting permanent food plots comprised of trees and shrubs instead of just small grains a more-economical alternative. HereClick to enlarge are some tips for planting permanent food plots to attract wildlife.

If your land, club or hunting lease only has a one-acre green field, Allen Deese, a nursery manager for the Wildlife Group of Tuskegee, suggests you plant these trees and shrubs around that 1 acre to keep it a bowhunting hot spot throughout the season.
*Allegheny Chinkapin (plant three or four)
*Chinese chestnuts (plant three or four)
*A strip of Japanese honeysuckle
*Sawtooth oaks (plant four or five)
*Kieffer pears (plant four or five)
*Callaway crab apples (plant four or five)
*Japanese persimmons (plant six or eight)
*Strawberry bushes (plant 10 to 15 in a strip along one edge of the greenfield)

Honey Holes:
If your woods have open spots, and you want one or more honey holes away from your green field to hunt and set-up tree stands over during deer season, plant either strawberry bushes or honeysuckle in thoClick to enlargese little openings. Both of these plants grow in partial shade and produce a large amount of deer-attracting feed during bow season. To improve your hunting success, plant the honeysucklClick to enlargee and strawberry bushes in an opening along the trail the deer use to access your greenfield. If you plant either honeysuckle or strawberry bushes in small openings along access trails, deer often will stop to feed at these honey holes and wait for darkness to fall before they venture out into the greenfield. Consider planting trees and shrubs that provide permanent food and hunting sites for bowhunters and improve the property where you can harvest deer throughout bow season. However, check with your county agent before you purchase trees and shrubs to make sure they will survive in the climate where you’ll hunt, or study the U.S. Department of Agriculture zone map.

For more information on permanent supplemental feeding programs, visit, email, call 1-800-221-9703 or write the Wildlife Group at 2858 County Road 53, Tuskegee, Alabama 36083.

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Check back each day this week for more about "Trees and Bushes Bowhunters Can Plant to Increase Their Success"

Day 1: Trees and Bushes for Bowhunters
Day 2: The Advantage of Planting Permanent Food Plots
Day 3: A look At Nut Trees and Bushes
Day 4: The Truth About Honeysuckle + Creating Sanctuaries
Day 5: The Best 1-Acre Bowhunting Plot and Honey Holes



Entry 402, Day 5