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Oklahoma State to hold Wildlife Food Plot Day in Slaughterville

by Ed Godfrey Published: July 6, 2014

Bagging a mature buck on your land starts long before the hunt begins.

It begins with managing the deer herd on your land. One management tool a landowner can use is to plant food plots.

On Saturday, Oklahoma State University will hold its second annual Wildlife Food Plot Day in Slaughterville, just south of Noble.

Sponsored by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service with several state and national seed companies, the free event will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Participants will get a tour of several acres of a variety of food plots and learn from experts about the best management practices and products.

In essence, the discussion will be about what to plant, when to plant and how to plant.

“We are going to the cover all of the broad range of things that folks need to know,” said Heath Herje, of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension in Cleveland County.

While food plots will provide only a small part of a deer’s daily diet, they can offer additional nutritional value to help keep a deer herd healthy through the winter and enhance antler development.

But the most vital thing they do for Oklahoma landowners who are trying to manage their deer herd is to attract does, Herje said.

“We (Oklahomans) need to harvest more does, and food plots can bring more does in front of hunters,” Herje said. “I think that is a real important aspect of it (deer management).”

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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