HUNTING MICRO PLOTS
We talk a lot about Poor Man’s Plots and micro plots at Midwest Whitetail and on the Chasing November shows. You might be wondering what exactly these things are and why we talk about them so much.
Micro Plots: Micro Plot is a generic term we use for any small food plot. Normally, these are 1/2 acre or less and are located in secluded locations. They are super attractive to deer for two reasons. First, they eat at these places, which is obvious.
Second, they use the small plots as social hubs. This is especially true during the rut when bucks constantly swing by the small plots to see if any hot does have been there feeding recently.
Last season, I witnessed this one morning when the same nice buck came past our stand on the edge of a small plot three times during the course of a morning hunt – every visit was at least an hour apart. I am going to guess right now that when that buck gets old enough to hunt (he was 3 years old last year), that is going to be my go-to spot when hunting him.
Poor Man’s Plot: This is a just a variation of the micro plot. Really the name is derived from the method that the plot is made rather than anything to do with its size or hunting characteristics. A Poor Man’s Plot is a micro plot that we make using hand tools without the aid of an ATV or tractor.
You may be thinking it is impossible to make a food plot without equipment, but nothing could be further from the truth. You would be amazed by the great plots we, and our friends, have made over the years using little more than a chainsaw, broadcast seeder/fertilizer spreader and backpack sprayer.
We touch on the construction of Poor Man’s Plots every year during the Midwest Whitetail off-season shows, so if you want to learn more about them, that is the place to start.
Bottom line: these small plots are killer spots to hunt and you can make them very affordably even when hunting on a limited amount of land. Many hunters even make them in areas where they are hunting on permission. This is the best way I know to improve your chances for success each fall.
You can see the results of a great micro plot hunt in this episode when Taylor Byers shoots a tremendous buck over a small clover plot.