Ozark Revelations: Snelson’s Wildlife Habit Management can help with food plots – News – The Rolla Daily News – Rolla, MO

Food plot mania has swept the nation in the last 20 years. Deer hunters have discovered that they can not only attract and hold deer in a given location with food plots, but with proper fertilization and care, they can grow deer with sizable antlers.

There is a touch of Fall in the air. Bowhunters are practicing more frequently, with opening day less than 40 days away. Many are beginning to plant food plots in anticipation of drawing in a shooter buck.

Food plot mania has swept the nation in the last 20 years. Deer hunters have discovered that they can not only attract and hold deer in a given location with food plots, but with proper fertilization and care, they can grow deer with sizable antlers.

Dusty Snelson, of Snelson’s Wildlife Habitat Management in St. James, has witnessed the growing interest in food plots. “Everyone that deer hunts is either putting in food plots these days, or wanting to plant plots,” he said. “It has been phenomenal to watch the growth of this great wildlife management strategy. And anyone can do it.”

Anyone can plant food plots, if they have land, owned or leased, the right equipment and time and money to invest. Many deer and turkey hunters have one or several of the necessary ingredients to be successful with food plot production. Many times, however, individuals simply don’t have the necessary time available to prepare and plant their own food plots. That is where Snelson comes into play.

“Planting of food plots continues to grow in popularity in this country,” Snelson said. “Hunters have found out that it works. The facts are simple. The more nutritious foods a plot provides, the more deer will come to it, and the bigger bucks will grow, if they are allowed to age.”

Snelson has witnessed a number of problems with food plots over the years that hunters have developed. “It is a real disappointment to an individual when his food plot doesn’t work out ,” he said. That can…

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