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A Definition Of Staging Area Food Plots by Grant Woods

One of the best and easiest habitat features to create are hidey hole food plots or staging areas. These are small food plots or openings between major feeding and bedding areas.

The hidey hole plot the buck is in, in this video, is less than 1/8th acre in size. It actually connects through a fence gap to a much larger food plot. Deer tend to use the larger food plot after dark, especially mature bucks. However, they tend to always exit during the morning and return during the evenings using the smaller, more secure hidey hole plot.

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It’s much easier for a hunter to predict where deer will enter and exit these small plots compared to large plots or agriculture fields. It’s also much easier for the hunter to enter and exit stands near hidey hole plots without alerting deer compared to stands along the edge of large fields.

Are you having trouble patterning mature bucks? Try creating a staging area and enjoy the benefits of these easy to create habitat features.

Growing Deer together,


Dr. Grant Woods
Dr. Grant Woods
Raised in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri, Dr. Grant Woods has consulted on wildlife research and management from Canada to New Zealand. A hunter since childhood, he not only knows how to grow big deer, but how to effectively hunt them as well. His work serves to improve deer herd quality and educate hunters about advanced management techniques.