Best Hunting Land Management Practices That Saves Money

It is the first of May and we are in full swing getting our summer food plots underway. We have a lot of equipment to till the land and plant the seed but sometimes it doesn’t require a lot of equipment or high priced chemicals to best prepare the land for food plots.

In the past we used a bush hog behind our tractor to cut the grass down low and then hooked up a ripper to open the land getting it ready for a new crop. The problem with this process is it took too many steps before planting.

After we ripped the soil open we would have to use a landscape rake to remove the grass before we could run the tiller. After the grass was removed we would till the soil silky smooth with a 6 foot Land Pride tiller making the land ready for the seed.

The Problem With This Process

We didn’t kill the existing grass or weeds! By leaving the grass and weeds seeds in the ground they would compete with the new seeds making out process less efficient that it could be.

The Solution

We would bush hog small 5 foot paths in the fields and then put the tractor away. Fire is the key to preparing land for new seed. As a small child back in the mid 1960’s I would man a flat shovel on my grandfathers farm and help burn off the fields for crops.

My grandfather didn’t use a bush hog. He burned the fields and then plowed the dirt afterwords running a disk over the freshly plowed dirt to smooth it out. This process was very efficient killing all the grass and weeds leaving the land ready to support the crops we planted and nothing else.

The ash from the grass and weeds creates natures nitrogen that after a good rain would soak down into the ground giving the land natural nutrition. Along with the horse manure we spread after running the disk the first time the land would take care of itself.

Save Your Money

Not only does this process same a lot of time and fuel it will save you a considerable amount of money in fertilizers. In 21 years we have never used chemical fertilizers for our food plots.

Next Generation

Next Generation

This makes the wildlife on our farm thrive as the food plots don’t transfer any of the chemicals to the animals.

As a grandfather now, I am passing on these natural methods to the next generation like my grandfather did for me to manage out land.