Defend Your Food Plot Against Pesky Whistle Pigs
“WhistlePig” is a heck of a good rye if you’re in the market for a nice whiskey pour at the end of a long work day. As far as “whistle pigs” and a food plot are concerned though, it’s best to bottle those suckers up and ship them out of town before they do real damage. The whistle pig, or groundhog as they’re more well known, are one thing, and one thing only for a deer food plot...weapons of mass destruction. The early months of food plot planting, nurturing and growing are so critical to the overall result as the summer months turn to fall, and a good groundhog is dead set on ruining that experience. Groundhogs are particularly problematic for young plants simply looking to sprout, gobbling them up at a ferocious rate and severely damaging the growth of the food plot. When spotted, the key here is, for lack of a better phrase is to locate and destroy. While the biggest focus, especially early in the season, is on planting, great soil, fertilizer and a healthy amount of rain, many tend to forget to weed out their furry little friends. Allowing the groundhog to settle in for a wonderful stay at hotel de food plot can destroy all the hard work being put in and lead to massive sections of chewed up, dead vegetation. Everyone understands the deal here, the thicker and fuller the deer food plot, the bigger, thicker and fuller the bucks can look by fall’s wonderful color turn. Not taking it seriously enough? Should a groundhog, or in some cases several groundhogs, be allowed to roam free buffet style without proper policing, an acre of a food plot can be wiped out rapidly, thus wasting what should be a fruitful season for deer and turkey that depend on food plot seed. Don’t be afraid to protect your land, and your investment. Trapping and shooting these food plot bandits is necessary or things will get out of control. When planted and managed properly, food plot seed can create the type of home, welcoming environment for the game you’re looking to bring and keep in town. Let that darn whistle pig consume freely on the growing vegetation, and fall won’t exactly be a ball like you’re hoping. Good luck and happy plotting!!!