Herje recommends 5 to 10 percent of a landowner's property be planted in food plots. What to plant depends on what works best in the area.
“Not all soils are created equal,” Herje said.
A combination of grasses, forbs and legumes provide a diverse food source for wildlife and reduce the risk of losing entire plots to weather, insects or disease.
There are many commercially available food plot mixes that provide nutritious and preferred deer foods, Herje said.
Those attending Friday's workshop can learn more about seed blends as officials from local and wildlife seed companies will be there to answer questions. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation biologists also will be attending to talk about the agency's deer management assistance program.
Even with food plots, landowners should still manage their deer herd by harvesting more does, not shooting young bucks, conducting controlled burns and managing the native habitat, Herje said.
But food plots are an important management tool, he said.
The vast majority of people who are buying and leasing property for hunting are planting food plots, Herje said.
“It seems like almost everybody you talk to is. It's a beneficial thing to do.”