Written by Dr. Judy McFarlen (Veterinarian)
and Charlie Stoltz (Rancher and Sportsman)

NEW Second Edition Available Now

If you are thinking about starting a food plot or have a food plot you would like to improve we know how daunting this task can be. If you are like us, when we first started out, you searched the internet, subscribed to forums, read magazines, purchased books and DVD’s looking for a straight forward reference book to help you answer your questions.

You Probably Already Have The General Gist of Food Plots From Your Research.
  • IE: You already have given consideration to where your food plot might be located.
  • Know you have annuals, perennials, biennials to choose from.
  • Are aware that some species do better in the North and some in the South.
  • Are aware that pH is a big deal when it comes to food plots

But Do You Still Feel a Little Unclear about Where To Start, What to do First and What to do Next?

See for yourself...

Deer Food Plots Made Easy covers the whole process from start to finish.
  • Avoid Poor Location Choices.
  • Avoid planting varieties that are not suitable to your area.
  • Avoid pH and soil nutrient errors.
  • Avoid plot failures due to weeds.
  • Avoid destroying your plot through ineffective fertilizer or inappropriately applied herbicides.
  • Avoid the trap of believing there is a “magic seed.”

"The Second Edition shows REAL PLOTS taking advantage of these strategies."

In this portion of the book we discuss:

  • Plot placement relative to prevailing wind patterns
  • Natural habitat features that are important to deer
  • Cover interface techniques to maximize buck traffic
  • Plot shapes: do they even matter?
  • The use of old roads, access trails, and out of the way plots in mountainous areas and low spots.
  • For the HUNTERS: Stealth design strategies and how to get the most from your food plot. This along could make or break your food plot efforts if you plan on using plots to improve deer harvest or deer herd management.

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In Deer Food Plots Made Easy We address the issue of soil testing. Why?

Because I skipped this step myself the first year out and spent the next two years regretting it while applying lime to sort out issues of Calcium and pH.

Soil Testing is More Complicated Than a Simple pH Test so we cover it all:

  • Soil nitrogen
  • Soil Phosphorus
  • How pH affects herbicide performance
  • Soil Potassium
  • How pH affects Calcium and Magnesium availability (the most common limiting nutrients after the big three P, K, N)
  • Soil Sulfur
  • How pH affects liming and fertilizer costs year after year.

We Give You Instructions on How to Get a Soil Test Done and so do a lot of people: So we didn’t stop there.

We added:

  • Instructions on How to Fill Out the Paper Work, Even if You are Not sure What you Are Planting Yet.
  • Extensive options on where to send your soil samples for both Canadians and Americans.
  • Practices used for changing the pH.
  • An excellent “FERTILIZER AND HERBICIDE” selection tool used by large growers.

“The Chapter on Soil Testing, was fantastic.”
The Chapter on Soil Testing, was fantastic. It was very easy reading, full of facts and good information and I did not feel as if I was reading a textbook. I think it puts forward a very important part of food plotting, or any other type of gardening for that matter, very early in the book and I think it was great the way you got into the depth of the subject "just enough" with out getting carried away. I believe a lot of folks don't know or understand how to collect soil samples which you explained and illustrated and I really liked the examples you gave on adding and calculating the amounts of lime and fertilizer after analyzing the soil test results. The fact that you explained the importance of pH as well as the fact that it is not the only important piece of information gotten from the soil test was good. - Gregg.
“...Cover and Interface was very useful.”
The section of the book on Cover and Interface was very useful. I have a small farm, about 70 arces and using them efficently and keeping the pressure off the deer while approaching my stands have been a concern for me. The property is almost equally divided, a 35 arces of hay near the house and 35 acres woods behind the hay. I have 3 huntable corners and a peninsula, I am looking forward developing some feathered edges in these areas, not only for the deer, but to help cover me entering the stands. I am going to try using a couple of the logging roads that enter the field as hunting plots as well. - Ric
“...a long way in my education.”
I just read your first chapter, and I can already tell this book will help me plant the right food so I don't waste a lot of time and money on the wrong one for my land. I am a new landowner with a passion to create more of the natural resources and adding food plots to supplement the food sources, to enhance the appeal to the local wild life, and this book is going to go a long way in my education. - G Milligan
“...easy to read and understand.”
At last I finished the Second Edition book the other day. I found it to be easy to read and understand. It highlighted the important parts of doing a food plot that will succeed. Weed control almost keeps me awake at night just thinking about them. The thought process of what to plant and when was very helpful. Again it is like having someone walk the property and tell me what to do. In talking to some friends about the book the same thing came up always. They wanted something that they could read and understand without having a degree to go along with it. - Allan Raveling

Here are the most recent pictures of food plots that I have been involved in:

Green Oats and Wheat

Rapeseed and Chicory

Deer Travel Route Through Green Oats/Wheat Large Feeding Plot

Rapeseed (later Stage of Growth) in Foreground next to Island

Small Plot Rapeseed Inserted Next to Cover

Plot Designated for 2011 covered in Native Grass and Weeds

The First Edition of Deer Food Plots Made Easy was made available three years ago.

Since that time I have had an open email line for questions from people throughout the United States and Canada, wrote about Deer Food Plots on my blog , posted videos on YOUTUBE while continuing research and efforts at improving this product.

The research I do is ongoing and in response to peoples specific questions about “What to do in their region?” I have learned many different strategies for different areas.

We decided to produce the SECOND EDITION of Deer Food Plots Made Easy as my research database grew.

Over the past several Years we have been working to bring you a more condensed user friendly version of DIY Deer Food Plots. The SECOND EDITION is now available in Hard Copy.


By combining Judy's Veterinary Medicine - Animal Nutrition - Ranching experience with Charlie's Ranching and Sportsman knowledge the authors have put together a more comprehensive manual for your benefit. You will definately save some serious cash and avoid common mistakes by using the information found in the SECOND EDITION if you live in Canada or United States.

I Want You to Get It Right the First Time

Did you know that TILLING IS NOT EVEN recommended in all circumstances?

So READ this first before spending money on equipment.

OUR TILLAGE CHAPTER will save you money and help you select the right equipment.

Do you know?

  • The advantages and disadvantages of tillage
  • The kind of plots in which tillage should be avoided
  • The factors that affect your tillage needs
  • How to be sure your soil is “really ready” for planting
  • Reasons to disc instead of plow?
  • Reasons to plow instead of disc?

We Will Tell You About:

  • Plots and discs and tillers and how to choose
  • The difference between these pieces of equipment and finishing implements
  • Seeding equipment options and cautions prior to purchase

Having a Hard Time Deciding What to Plant?
What Season to Plant?

We know you are familiar with Grains Clovers Alfalfa Chicory Soybeans Corn Peas etc.

But Do You Know Which of These to Choose and Which Ones Can be Combined Successfully?

In our Principles of Planting we will sort out the following issues for you:

  • How much acreage to plant to keep deer on your property.
  • Is your land better suited to feeding or hunting plots.
  • We will help you decide what season is best for you to start your plot in given your goals.
  • Soil types and preferred species for clay, loam, or sandy soils.
  • Who should start with perennials and who should start with annuals.
  • Recommendations if you have limited equipment, minimal time for maintenance, or just want fall or late season hunting plants.
  • How to encourage annuals to behave like perennials.
  • How to accurately size your plot so you don’t waste resources, create weak plants and stimulate weeds.

“ is most helpful!”
I have read it all several times. I just bought 20 acres after 3 years of saving and looking and this will be my first attempt at food plots. So the last year I've spent way too much time researching and trying to digest as much as I can about the best ways to do all of this.
So... Your guide comes at a really good time. I've got all this unorganized information in my head and this is helping me organize it and separate it logically. So thanks again, it is most helpful!
- Stephen W
“ hit all of the major...”
A couple of friends and I just acquired a 500+ acre lease and are getting prepped to start some food plots next spring.
I had no clue as to how or when deer use the plots or what locations are the best areas to plant a food plot.
- Todd Jackson
“...very informative...”
I found chapter one to be very informative so I bought the eBook. - Ken
“Notable is the information...”
Notable is the information on deer sighting during daylight hours and the information regarding how to hunt food plots. I like the link to QDMA and the Certification Program also. - Reggie, NY
“...looking forward to reading more...”
I'm a hunter from South West Michigan. As everyone knows, very heavily hunted. We own 60 acres and on all side we are covered up by hunters and farming property. My dad use to farm it but now it has kind of just grown back. We have been planting trees for several years and just put our first three food plots in last year. I've read several articles by Bill Winke and am currently reading an older book on food plotting.
What I liked is that it had a nice flow and wasn't lengthy. Also, it introduced some different types of plants that I had not thought of as being a good food source. I want to research a little more on the fruit trees. We are planting apple trees but maybe it would be a good idea if we planted a variety of fruit trees. I've never heard of the "simmion" fruit before. I'm looking forward to hearing more about that. I love being outdoors and general management of our land. I'm looking forward to reading more in the future from your book. Thank you for this "FREE" opportunity to become more informed. - Kyle, Vernon
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SEE OUR Introduction to Fall, winter and Early Spring Planting Choices

* We cover the cool season Brassica’s, Small Grains, Legumes, Grasses, and Perennial Herbs.

Like everyone else we give you the PLANT Profiles...BUT...

What No One Else Has Available in this EASY TO USE FORMAT and What we really think you will like is our CHARTS To Help You Make the Perfect SELECTION

*Chart Number 1: Common Cool Season Plants For Deer Food Plots:

  • Annual, Perennial, Biennial Planting Dates (North and South)

*Chart Number 2: Common Cool Season Plants For Deer Food Plots:

  • Soil and pH Preferences, Till or Low Till, Reseeding Information

*Chart Number 3: Common Cool Season Legumes For Deer Food Plots:

  • Tolerances (Grazing, Growth, Heat, Drought, Shade, Flood/Wet, Low Fertility)

*Chart Number 4: Popular Regional Legume + Chicory Plant Choices for Deer Food Plots


We knew there had to be a better way to grow a food plot than this hit-and-miss approach.

Wouldn't it be great, we thought, if we could just buy all the ingredients and get all the instructions I needed in one simple purchase?

And so we began to investigate readymade deer food plots. If there's one sure place to find trophy bucks, it's in ads for ready-made plots.

With their stunningly huge antlers, the deer in these ads make it look like all you have to do is plant some seeds, then sit back and wait for the bucks to show up.

Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Here is the detail on the CHARTS WE KNOW YOU WILL LOVE:
“Common Cool Season Plants For Deer Food Plots: Annual, Perennial, Biennial Planting Dates (North and South) provides the following information."

1) Divides cool season legumes, grains, and grasses into annuals, perennials, and biennials.
2) Shows which species are grown north or south.
3) Gives planting date ranges and average maximum production times.
4) Minimum germination temperatures.
5) Time of Year when the plant is best established. Even though cool season annuals lend themselves to fall, late winter or early spring planting some do better when planted in one or two of these time frames.
“Common Cool Season Plants for Deer Food Plots: Soil and pH Preferences, Till or Low Till, Reseeding Information” provides the following information."

1) Specific plant information on soil preferences, pH ranges, suitability for till or no till planting, and ability of the plant to reseed.
2) Soil preferences such as sandy, sandy loam, clay, clay loam, loam.
3) Suitability to no till or low till planting.
4) Three columns dividing plants into pH preferred range <6.0, 6.0-7.0, and >7.0. This way it is easy for you to quickly scan and see which legumes will grow in your area.
5) A column indicating which plants can tolerate acidic soils, but for which growth may not be optimized depending on other factors. This is great for those food plotters that have acidic soils and where other factors such as moisture heat and drought may limit choices for maximum production of legumes.
6) There are also two columns showing you which legumes are better in wet or well drained soils.
7) The last column shows which annual cool season legumes can be encouraged to reseed, which means you can use them like perennials.
“Common Cool Season Legumes for Deer Food Plots: Tolerances provides the following information.”

1) Preference for larger plotting areas
2) Weed choking ability
3) Grazing tolerance for those of you with high browse pressure
4) Quick growth early season
5) Heat tolerance
6) Shade tolerance
7) Flood tolerance
8) Low fertility growing ability
“Popular Regional Legume + Chicory Plant Choices for Deer Food Plots” provides the following information."

1) Regions as Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South, Southeast Uplands, Southeast Lowlands, Great Lakes, Midwestern Corn Belt, Northern Central Plains, Southern Plains, Inland Northeast, Northwest Maritime, Coastal California, California Central Valley, and Southwest regions of both United States and Canada are listed in chart form and it is easy to see which legumes are predominately successful in these areas.
2) Within each of these regions we have listed the states and provinces generally considered to be part of the area for easy clarification. If a legume isn’t listed in your area this doesn’t mean you can’t plant it, but it gives you the idea of where a legume is likely to be more successful due to prevailing conditions.


Let’s say you are looking for an acidic soil legume

  • Which on the chart you would easily see that your choices are best with subclover, hairy vetch, and alsike.
  • Of these three you can easily tell from the chart that alsike is a perennial and the other two are annuals.
  • Of the two annuals subclover would usually reseed if encouraged whereas hairy vetch is less likely to reseed). All three can be used in the North.
  • Subclover would be best established in Late Summer Early Fall whereas Hairy Vetch is better established Early Fall or Early Spring. Alsike is best established fall in the south and early spring in the north.
  • Using the rest of the chart you could find out that subterranean clover is a great weed competitor, tolerates grazing because of rapid growth, and has both wet and drought tolerance as well as low fertility tolerance. The perennial alsike also has similar characteristics.
  • Both subclover and hairy vetch do well in MidAtlantic, Mid South. Hairy vetch would do well in Southern Plains and InLand Northwest among others and Subclover is used more in coastal California and California central valley than is hairy vetch.

For the Warm Season Annuals we also have you covered.
  • *The Usual Plant Profiles + Our Chart”
  • Common Warm Season Plants for Deer Food Plots: Soil and pH Preferences, Till or Low Till, pH Preferences
  • Reseeding Information


  • **Warm Season Grains/Grasses/Sedges: Corn, Buckwheat, brown top millet, chufa
  • **Warm Season Legumes: Alyceclover, cowpeas, American jointvetch, lablab, soybeans, peanut, and white clover
  • **Chicory Used in Warm Season

This Chart Tells You How Each of the Warm Season Plantings Fits into These Categories


The most common steps to dealing with your food plot weeds are:

  • Prevent them FROM establishing.
  • Don’t bring them into the plot.
  • Don’t use contaminated seed (use only plant certified crop seed, which means it is certified to be free of weeds)
  • Use clean equipment.
  • Control weeds before they go to seed.
  • Don’t drag vegetative parts of perennial weeds around in the plot.
  • Understand the environment.
  • Identify the weed or at least start with is it a grass or a broadleaf and know the lifecycle.
  • Learn about biology so you can understand if it needs controlling, what types of methods of control are best used, and what are going to be the costs and effort associated with the management of that weed.
  • Consider how weeds are spread: wind, water, animals, human movement, and equipment.
  • Watering before planting may cause weed seeds to germinate. Control those weeds with mechanical or chemical methods before planting the crop.

  • How different tillage systems encourage different weeds
  • Weed classifications beyond grasses versus broadleaf.
  • Annual versus perennial versus biennial weeds and how they spread (simple and creeping) and how this relates to effective weed control
  • Mechanical, Chemical and Cultural Weed Control
  • Tool for Herbicide and Fertilizer Selection

“I appreciated the step-by-step format...”
In my many years of researching, establishing and maintaining food plots, Deer Food Plots Made Easy has been the most comprehensive guide for food plot establishment I ever had the pleasure of reading.
I appreciated the step-by-step format concerned more with food plot program success than in product promotion. A certain "must have" for any hunter or landowner who has any aspiration whatsoever of launching a food plot program on their property.
Williams, Colin - Goodhue, MN
“What a beautiful sight!”
Jim is the proud owner of several record Whitetails and Mule Deer. The availability and size of deer on his plots has increased 10 fold since he used the soil test to improve plant yields in his hunting fields.
Harry's quote. My plots were modest until I read this book.I did a soil test and started over after improving the soil and what a difference it made. It practically looks like my moms garden and the deer are practically mowing each other down to get out there. What a beautiful sight!
Jim Nelson, British Columbia
“...I have the most amazing food plot ever.”
Tyler finally understood why the food plot mix he was buying off the internet could not work for his hunting field in Minnesota.
"For years I struggled with my food plot. It seemed the plants that were supposed to last 2 or more years rarely made it through the winter up here. So each year I was forced to start over. A lot of time and money was wasted with this approach. After I started following the instructions in this book, I have the most amazing food plot ever. And the nicest thing about is the deer really love it…and that makes me love it more!"
Tyler Landing, Minnesota
“...easy to read and understand...”
I was impressed with your work. This would be an excellent book for someone who is interested in starting and maintaining a food plot.
Your information is easy to read and understand and gives readers a step by step chronological approach to planting and maintaining food plots. I especially like the information on the importance of lime and fertilizer. These are critical steps and many fail to realize the benefits until it's too late. I'm a visual person and appreciated the charts and pictues contained in the chapters.
Good work and continued success in marketing your product. I'm an avid bow hunter but a rookie at planting food plots. This was my first year of hunting over a food plot. After reading your book I can see that I made several major mistakes. If you have time in the future, I would like to send you a quick overview of what we planted and some of the problems that we ran into. Any input from you would be greatly appreciated. Thanks again for sending me your material.
Steve Havlik
“It is a must read...”
The depth that this book goes into is remarkable. It is a must read for any food plot enthusiast. I am still learning from it and will definitely refer to it many times during my deer hunting and guiding career.

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  • WHEN is the best time for a soil test?
  • WHAT month do I start weed control/How often do I do weed control?
  • WHEN do I seed and when is the best time for fertilizer?
  • HOW do I know if my soil is going to keep my seed too shallow or too deep?
  • WHEN should I start and In what order?

You Are Going To Love This
Keep it all in your mind using our handy printed page
found in the SECOND EDITION.
“Deer Food Plot Month by Month Synopsis of
What You Need to be Doing and When“

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