Determining the Best Spring and Summer Food Plots for Deer | Great Days Outdoors

This is Huntin’ Land, the podcast for landowners and land hunters; with how-to’s for habitat management and land investment. If you own, manage, or dream of owning land, this is the podcast for you. What food plot seeds make the best spring and summer food plots for deer? How does one go about creating high quality forage and, thus, create a bigger deer herd?  On this week’s show we’re talking with Daniel Bumgarner of Wildlife Management Solutions to help us to determine the best spring and summer food plots for your deer herd, turkey population, and other wildlife.





Topics Discussed for Determining the Best Spring and Summer Food Plots for Deer

Soil Health

  • What food plot seeds produce high quality forage that will produce a lot of bio mass, like cereal grains.

  • Broadcast vs. Drill?

  • What do you recommend for those looking to start a no till rotation for optimal soil moisture etc?

  • What temperatures , soil and air, do you look for?

Feeding or Creating a Bigger Deer Herd (More Deer)

  • Do you change your choices based on deer density?

  • Browsing Pressure Considerations – What food plot seeds handle browsing pressure best

  • How much of your land do you attempt to plant for spring and summer? Same as Fall, more or less?

  • Are there any summer food plot plantings that will attract and hold deer?

  • Any food plot seeds that improve lactation or make it easier on a doe during gestation and fawn rearing?

Antler Growth 

– What is important with regards to macronutrients in summer nutrition to produce bigger antlers and heavier body weights?

– How important are protein levels? What levels are ideal?


– What about fat and carbohydrates, how do they play in?

– What spring and summer food plot seeds produce the best quality forage for folks interested in producing higher protein content?

– Is there anything we can plant in the spring that will provide forage into bow season?


  • What time of year should we look to begin planting the best summer food plots for deer and other wildlife?


This week’s show has been brought to you by Joe Baya and Clint Flowers, members of the top producing team at National Land Realty, the fastest growing and most innovative land brokerage in the nation. With hunting season right around the corner and interest rates at historic lows, now is a great time to buy or sell Land. If you want to learn more, shoot us an email at or call us at 855-NLR-LAND.

best summer food plots for creating a bigger deer herd quality forage, How Much is My Land Worth  - "How Much is My Land Worth Per Acre?" - "how Much is my land worth Today?".  - "How much is timberland worth"  - "Farmland Values"  - "what is my farm land worth"  - "how much is agricultural land worth", farmland value

Important Links

Wildlife Management Solutions

Stay Updated

Get outdoor trends, data, new products, and tips delivered to your inbox.