The Advantages of Hunting Food Plots

The Advantages of Hunting Food Plots

If you’re just stepping into the world of hunting, you might be a bit confused about the mention of food plots in hunting. So let’s clear up this dilemma first.

Here’s the gist on food plots, why they’re essential and the role they play in hunting deer:

What are Food Plots?

Food plots are basically areas that are planted with food for wildlife. These plots of land are quite small in size, and are used to lure deer and other game animals. Although considered baiting, if the deer were to ingest the food grown on the land, that area isn’t considered bait, but a food plot.

The Benefit of Food Plots in Hunting Deer

With the above definition, you can generally guess how the plot is used to hunt deer.

Typically, the area is planted with enough food so that the deer can make their way out. This is usually done during winter when sustenance can be difficult to find. By offering a specific, controlled point of food, the hunter increases their chance of encountering deer.

While this is quite a worthwhile method of attracting a significant number of deer, it’s not all for the hunter’s benefit though. Such plots offer plenty of food for deer and other animals that are not being hunted. As such, you could say that by planting food plots, hunters actually help the deer population.

However, not all food plots are as beneficial.

There’s a certain method that goes into making food plots.

The Benefit of Food Plots in Hunting Deer

The Basics of Food Plots

There aren’t any concrete rules on food plots. However, it should be noted that large food plots are often considered quite wasteful, since deer usually stay close to the edges. In contrast, it’s much better to instead have multiple smaller plots than one giant plot. This’ll give you more acreage, which will in turn provide the deer with more food.

Also, when planting food plots, it’s better to choose a section of land that receives adequate sunlight, and has the potential for growth. Any areas near standing water or sandy soils should be avoided.

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The Gist on Deer Hunting Laws in Illinois

The Gist on Deer Hunting Laws in Illinois

Laws on hunting, in general, can be confusing to begin with. Throw in a specific subject such as deer hunting and you’re just asking for trouble!

Now, for an experienced hunter in Illinois, it’s not as difficult to understand the limitations set by Illinois law. However, for a beginner, it’s easy to make mistakes when you can’t really make head or tail of the rule.

No worries!

Pure Outdoor Alliance is here to put your mind at ease. Here’s the gist on what the laws in Illinois says about deer hunting.

Basic Deer Hunting Requirement

Firstly, to hunt deer in Illinois, you must have the following paperwork:

  • Valid license for hunting
  • State habitat stamp
  • Deer permit

For the stamp and license, you’ll need to purchase both online or over the counter from Illinois DNR. As for permits, you can get a certain type of permit by checking the listing on the government site.

Areas for Deer Hunting

According to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, you are allowed to hunt deer, but only in areas that are managed and privately owned by those who have prior permission or Property Only Hunting permits.

Time for Deer Hunting

The Illinois government has different times and dates set for muzzleloader, firearm, archery, youth and other seasons. For each season, there are different set times when you can apply.

Deer Hunting Limitations

Deer Hunting Limitations

The Illinois law states that it is unlawful to:

  • Kill more than one deer per permit during archery season
  • Harvest more than two antlered deer during archery, youth, firearm or muzzleloader season, regardless of type of permit or quantity the hunter may possess
  • Harvest all-white white-tailed deer. Pie-bald deer are allowed.

However, deer harvested during Special CWD Deer season will not be counted toward the limit for antlered bucks.

Regulations on Archery Equipment

In accordance with statewide regulations, it is unlawful to:

  • Have a nocked bow in the field, expect in case of legal hunting hours
  • Have possession of a firearm during any season when it is not permitted
  • Not wear a solid blaze orange or blaze pink hat/cap or outer garment (Compulsory to wear if hunting deer during firearm season, to track wounded deer with dog during firearm season, when accompanying youth during youth firearm hunt.)
  • Use more than one tree stand on a site owned and managed by IDNR
  • Construct your own tree stand using basic building tools such as nails, screws and other instruments that pierce the tree bark

These are just the basics of what the law requires. If you want more information though, you can always check the government website on a full report.

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