Do you want to see more wildlife on your property? One effective way to attract and keep wildlife on your land is to plant and maintain wildlife food plots. Food plots are great, because they improve hunting and viewing by helping attract deer, ducks, turkey and pheasants but more importantly, they provide critical habitats for many species of wildlife. Attracting wildlife to your back 40 requires that you think beyond traditional landscaping techniques, which may not meet the needs of wildlife. Wildlife have four basic requirements for survival: food, water, shelter and space. If you can develop a landscape plan that provides these elements, you stand a good chance of successfully seeing more wildlife on your property.
Establishing and maintaining wildlife food plots, however, can be expensive and requires some knowledge of planting and how to properly use farm equipment. The Ottawa County Soil and Water Conservation District realizes this hurdle and is proud to offer wildlife food plot planting for the 2012 season. You can start farming for wildlife for a minimal amount of $60 per acre. The District will plant wildlife food plots consisting of a choice of corn, beans, sorghum, sunflowers, buckwheat and millet.
Interested landowners in Ottawa County can call Joe Uhinck or Mike Libben at the Soil and Water District 419-898-1595 or visit us on line at www.ottawaswcd.com