How many times have you been walking to your stand for a hunt and you get that feeling you are being watched. Deer like to position themselves in areas which they can cover a lot of ground with sight and smell. This means you have to get creative with your entry and exit routes. Plot screens could be a good solution to your problem. Not only do they provide additional cover to allow you stealthy entrance to and from the stand, but they can hide your plots from houses, roads, or other hunters.
What is a Plot Screen?
Frigid Forage came out with a blend of a patent pending blend of a variety of different sorghums and Egyptian Wheat that makes it easy to grow a tall and thick natural screen. Plot screen is an annual blend that can be planted in numerous different shapes and scenarios and can provide you with a thick natural screen that can reach heights of over 12’. The varied plant heights will help the screen stand up to the high wind and snow that Mother Nature likes to throw at us each year.
How to get started with your Plot Screen?
- Plot Screen is best planted in late May to mid-June, depending on your area. It is vulnerable to a killing frost so you want to be sure not to plant too early. Does best in full sun, but can handle some shade.
- Plot Screen grows in most any soil given proper sunlight, nutrients, and moisture but it prefers a moist but well drained heavier soil. Before planting, condition the soil with a roto-tiller, plow, disc, or similar equipment to a depth of about
- As with any planting, weed control prior to planting is important and will reduce nutrient stealing weeds from competing with your plot. That being said, Plot Screen typically grows thick enough and tall enough to crowd out most weeds so if there was ever a situation where you can get by without spraying, this might be it.
- Soil should be fertile with a pH of 5.5 to 7.5. If you are not sure of your soils fertility or pH, have your soil tested. Your local farm co-op or fertilizer dealer can usually help with this.
- Broadcast or drill at 15lbs/acre. Do not over-seed. Remember a screen 16’ wide by ½ mile equals about an acre. Planting too thick will only result in stunted plants. A screen a minimum of 16’ wide is recommended.
Where to Plant?
There are numerous situations in which a plot screen can be utilized on your hunting property. Deer are edge critters and plot screens provide an additional edge for them. Let’s say you have a food plot that is in a great location but is open to a road or houses on one side. You can plant a small strip of this plot screen blend on that outside edge of the plot providing that comfort deer need. It could provide the sense of security that big buck needs to come out in daylight come fall. Another option is planting on each side of a path through a CRP field. This technique may help you get to your stand while remaining undetected. Below are some pictures of ways to incorporate plot screens on your property.