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One bigger plot or two smaller plots?

Discussion in 'Foodplots' started by cornfedkiller, Nov 14, 2017 at 9:11 AM.

  1. cornfedkiller

    cornfedkiller Yearling... With promise

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    I am limited on my available acres for food plots because they are planted into CRP. One of my plots will be a 1.5 acre soybean plot, which I will then overseed with brassicas/rye later in the year.

    I'm going to make 2 of my plots smaller for next season so I am freeing up 1/2 acre to add to another plot. I'm not sure if I should add that 1/2 acre to that existing soybean plot and make it 2 acres, or if I should plant 1/2 acre of beans/brassicas in a different location, possibly next to a clover plot. I can also plant something totally different in that 1/2 acre too.

    Are there advantages/disadvantages to having 1 bigger plot vs 2 smaller plots?
     
  2. BobinCt

    BobinCt A good 3 year old buck

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    I think there are advantages to splitting the locations up based on bedding areas and prevailing winds. If your main plot isn’t a great location due to the prevailing wind and bedding, I’d split the 1/2 acre up. Another advantage of a different location of a plot is based on that plot, you prob will set up another stand based off that plot ( trails that will lead to it) and it breaks up over hunting the same stands. I’d much rather have a plot in another location. Just my opinion if it works out with wind and bedding.
     
  3. 4wanderingeyes

    4wanderingeyes 5 year old buck +

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    Washburn co WI
    There are advantages either way, but I agree with BobinCt. Another area for other groups of deer to hang out would be my preference. A lot of times deer dont like being with other mature deer, so separate areas would benefit them.

    The disadvantage would be, you cant watch over both at the same time. Your target deer, may be in the plot your not.
     
  4. Semisane

    Semisane A good 3 year old buck

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    River Ridge, LA (Suburb of New Orleans)
    Generally, I favor two 1/2-acre plots over one 1-acre plot. The main advantage (assuming these are kill plots) is the ability to have two different stand locations, perhaps even set up for different wind conditions. The main disadvantage may be a greater loss of "effective" plot area due to diminished growth around the border of the plot. That would depend upon the shape of the plot or plots. Growth on plots is typically poor around the edge (perimeter), especially if the plot is bordered by trees rather than brush or grass. For example, one large round plot would have the least loss of growth along the border because the perimeter of a circle is a smaller than the perimeter of a square of the same area, and the perimeter of a square is smaller than the perimeter of a rectangle of the same area. Also, one large plot that is generally circular would likely have better sunlight exposure. Two long narrow plots will not only have less sun exposure, but also a significantly greater perimeter effect.
     
  5. Someday isle

    Someday isle 5 year old buck +

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    Location:
    East-central MO
    I have multiple trails that we turned into food plots when we first bought our property last year. This year we cleared two separate areas in the 1/3 acre range. I often hunt by myself but occasionally my son bowhunts with me and he and another son will hunt together during firearms season. We’re working now on creating enough stand sights for the three of us on 36 acres without having the food too spread out. This year the plan is to turn the trails into full time clover plots and end up with three small plots that are somewhat centralized. It was important for us last year to get food on the property. As we expand the plot areas we’ll keep some clover on the trails and uses the trails near the perimeter as access more than food.

    I think analyze your goals as far as hunters and access and decide from there. One bigger plot might make it easier to pattern deer. But having enough stand sights with safe shooting directions for however many hunters you have might be a stronger consideration. We’re trying to figure out a long term plan to balance both. I’d look at safety, access, have hunting and harvest goals and make a plan from there.
     

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