Whitetail deer food plot design, Think attraction and shooting path

Everyone wants to attract more whitetail deer to their land or hunting ground but this is often easier said than done.

If you have a piece of land that is dedicated to deer attraction, your whitetail deer food plot design is very important.

You need to plant plenty of sustenance to firstly attract the deer and then to keep them there.

It doesn’t matter if you have a large tract of land or only a small area for a whitetail deer food plot, what matters the most is attracting whitetail deer to your plot. Size is secondary!

We recommend planting plenty of seeds that will grow into food you know whitetail deer will love. This will attract them and your next challenge will be retaining them. Your whitetail deer food plot should be designed in such a way that it provides sustained attraction for whitetails.

Location of your food plot

When it comes to the location of your whitetail food plot, if you want to maximize the potential results that they can bring, you need to think about all the areas on your land that can be planted with food for the deer.

Many hunters often overlook certain areas on their land with the mistaken belief that the whitetail deer wouldn’t possibly be attracted to it. It is very important to consider every single square inch of your hunting ground and consider which parts can be planted.

A very good example of a surprising piece of land that can be used for whitetail deer food plots is a logging road. If you have a logging road on your property, this should be your top consideration for a food plot. There are many reasons for this but the main reason is that such areas of land are usually free of grasses and weeds, making them easy for planting special whitetail deer seeds and plants.

With logging roads, you can often simply plant the food at the required time and then wait for it to grow. Very little maintenance is required and you will benefit from very few weeds and other problems. A logging road is especially useful if your land cannot be easily tilled (or if your land cannot be tilled at all).

If your land has what is known as prairie soil, this can be a great option for a whitetail deer food plot. As many people know, prairie soil is very unique and unlike regular soil. It is much heavier and consists of a lot of white clay that is difficult to work with. During the summer, this kind of soil often dries out completely and begins to crack. When it rains, prairie soil will become greasy and very slick, making it difficult to walk on.

Even though this kind of ground seems quite unfavorable for planting, it is actually quite good for whitetail deer food. Planting deer food in prairie soil can help you to have a food plot that requires very little maintenance. You won’t ever have to worry about weeds or native grasses that will return in the spring and the most you would need to do is spray some weed killer in the general area.

This is only one reason why logging roads are ideal for whitetail deer food plots. The other quite obvious reason is that logging roads are, by nature, long and slender and are often bordered by plant and tree cover, making the deer feel safe and secure feeding in the area.

If you are still struggling to find the perfect whitetail deer food plot, don’t worry because it is very likely that you already have a highly plantable area on your land.

U shape plot

A U shaped plot is a great shape for a whitetail deer food plot because the deer will want to cross the 2 arms of the U to see what is on the other side. If you have a 3 stand location, this is ideal situation.

V shape plot

V-shaped plots are also great for whitetail deer hunting as each leg of the V is the same as it offers excellent visibility and, like a u-shaped plot, the deer will be curious to see what is on the other side of the plot,

T shape plot

If you have open ridge tops, you may want to consider a t-shaped plot for deer food. The stem (or the vertical section) of the T must be located along your ridge’s spine,while the arms must be located laterally and down the slope. The point where the arm meets the stem is ideal for stands as this allows you to see your entire plot and it is the area in which the deer will most likely pass through.

K shape plot

K-shaped whitetail deer food plots are also great if you want to increase the amount of foraging area. The deer (being naturally curious) will be very tempted to move around and to try and discover what is on the other side of the plot. In terms of your stand, this is best situated in the stem’s mid-point, allowing you great visibility for a wonderful shooting opportunity.

8 shape plot

Many whitetail deer hunters swear by figure of 8 shaped food plots. This gives you the best of both worlds because it maximizes foraging area and in enables the deer to be placed in the range of your bow easily.

Turkey foot shape plot

A turkey foot shaped food plot for whitetail deer should also not be ruled out as it is perfect if you have a lot of brush on your land. The deer will love bedding down between the fingers of the turkey foot. When they emerge, they will naturally begin feeding at one of the plot’s 3 fingertips and they will start working their way towards the vertex section, making a good shot very east.

Open spot in the bush

If your land is covered in bush and big trees you might have to clear a spot close to a water sours if there is not an open spot, so that sun light can filter down to the ground. Make this plot no bigger than your comfortable shooting distance from side to side of your stand’s shooting range. When deer enter this plot they are already with in shooting range.


At the end of the day, the shape and type of whitetail deer food plot you ultimately choose will depend on your land and whether or not you have a lot of vegetation on it. Either way, think about it carefully before you go ahead so that you can maximize hunting opportunities.

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