In This Issue… 18
ATVs and ATV Implements for Food Plot Work
Never a Dull Moment
By Jon Cooner By Gerald Almy Nine things to do when you think you’re caught up with your habitat work.
How to Maximize Performance and Longevity of Perennials
Edge — A Star Perennial Performer Imperial Whitetail Clover Key to Family “Trifecta”
By Jon Cooner
By Cody Altizer
Honeybees… Big Things Come in Small Packages
12 “New and Improved” Words that have Real Meaning at the Whitetail Institute
ON THE COVER: Dr. Wayne Hanna, Whitetail Institute Agronomist (left), and W.D. McAllister with one of the beehives that plays a crucial role in Whitetail Institute seed research and development.
By Matt Harper During the past quarter century, the Whitetail Institute has made many improvements to their product, some of which you might know about, many of which you might not. The Whitetail Institute introduces new versions of products because they will truly perform better.
16 Mean and Green: Food Plots for Spring Gobblers By Sam Parrish Just like deer, food plots can congregate turkeys in an area.
Improving Antlers by the Numbers
Protein… Separating Fact from Fiction
By Jon Cooner By Matt Harper
Springtime is Primetime… For Perennial Food Plot Work By Whitetail Institute Staff
Revitalize Food Plots with Frost-Seeding By Scott Bestul Frost-seeding is an agricultural practice with a long history, and it’s as simple as its name implies. Seeds are broadcast during the late winter or early spring.
Small Plot Plans for Big Results By Scott Bestul
By Jon Cooner Honeybees play a vital role in the Whitetail Institute’s development of new plant varieties for food plots for deer. In fact, the Whitetail Institute couldn’t do it without them.
Departments 4 26
A Message from Ray Scott Field Testers Report Stories and Photos
Record Book Bucks Stories and Photos
Food Plot Planting Dates The Weed Doctor By W. Carroll Johnson, III Ph.D., Weed Scientist and Agronomist
First Deer — Aiming for the Future
Whitetail Institute OFFICERS AND STAFF
Ray Scott Founder and President Wilson Scott Vice President of Operations Steve Scott Vice President, Executive Editor William Cousins Operations Manager Wayne Hanna, Ph.D. Agronomist & Director of Forage Research Mark Trudeau Director of Certified Research Frank Deese Wildlife Biologist Jon Cooner Director of Special Projects Brandon Self, Kendrick Thomas, John White Product Consultants Daryl Cherry Director of Sales Javin Thomas Upper Midwest Sales Manager Dawn McGough Office Manager Mary Jones Internet Customer Service Manager Teri Hudson Office Administrator Accounts Receivable Marlin Swain Shipping Manager Desmond Byrd Shipping Assistant Bart Landsverk Whitetail News Senior Editor Charles Alsheimer, Tracy Breen, Matt Harper, Bill Winke, R.G. Bernier, Bill Marchel, Michael Veine, Dr. Carroll Johnson, III, Dean Weimer, David Hart Contributing Writers Susan Scott Copy Editor George Pudzis Art Director Wade Atchley, Atchley Media Advertising Director
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