Some people / companies don’t like seeing themselves on the big screen. Hancock Seed is not one of those companies! We’re both proud and grateful to be featured in a great video that the Mad Guy Outdoors group created to demonstrate how they went about creating their food plots for the colder seasons. Among the Hancock guest appearances you’ll see are our Deer Greens Mixture, Killer Clover Mix, Hancock’s Fall & Winter Food Plot Seed Mix, and healthy top-off of Daikon Radish.
You can watch the video below, and check more of Mad Guy’s great video series here. It features plenty of hunting and fishing how-tos.
If you don’t have 20 minutes to spend right now, check out our chapter-by-chapter summary below. We’ll highlight some of the pointers that Mad Guy’s Madison Cole makes throughout.
Part 1 (0:00 - 2:30)
This section serves as mostly an introduction to what you’ll see across this video, including introductions to the Hancock products that will be making appearances. There’s also an array of cinematic “B-roll” shots, which really set Mad Guy’s work apart from many of the food plot instruction videos that you’ll find online. We love it!
Part 2 (2:30 - 5:00)
If you couldn’t tell from the beautiful transition shots, Madison and co. have “worked up” a nice stretch of land for the first food plot of the video. This includes tilling, adding fertilizer and lime. Remember: Always do a soil test before you plant. If you find that you have acidic soil (a low pH), lime can go a long way in getting that number to where you want to be. Madison acknowledges that some of the soil on the land is poor, but that doesn’t mean you can’t succeed in growing a winning plot. He’s also got a great tip if you use a broadcaster, rather than drill seeding. Make sure to overseed slightly, to compensate for hungry birds or other surface seed loss.
Part 3 (5:00 - 6:50)
Although there’s less information on seed here, one of Madison’s tips takes us way back to the beginning of the food plot process: Plan! Mad Guy has built all of their plots around existing and planned tree stands, and you should think about where you want to erect such a shelter before deciding where your plot will go. Don’t want a tree stand? Consider planting a plot screen, such as Sorghum, to stay out of sight.
Part 4 (6:50 - 12:50)
Mad Guy has several plots going on its property, including an area of Killer Clover Mix (planted in Spring). The group gets creative and decides to hybridize that with another, connected plot, by mixing in Fall & Winter Food Plot Seed Mix. They do this by killing off a line of the clover to blend in the Fall & Winter. Madison mentions here, and elsewhere in the video, that he’s going to add extra Daikon Radish to the mix, because apparently the deer in Kansas really go for those veggies! Local knowledge goes a long way. If you know someone else in the area who runs a food plot, ask them if they’ve noticed any trends and plan your own plot accordingly.
Part 5 (12:50 - 15:35)
If there’s any area where Madison’s tips are essential, it’s during the segment on controlled burning. You may not need to do a control burn but if you do then it is absolutely crucial that you control the process. You’ll learn tips about how to plan your burn around the wind by tuning in here.
Part 6 (15:35 - 18:30)
Some more local knowledge on planning your plot! Apparently the deer in Mad Guy’s neck of the woods will follow Osage Orange trees, so this group of plotters made sure to work a tasty patch into the midst of these trees. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see the finished product in this video series, but Madison tells us that Mad Guy has had great success with these methods in the past. Let’s hope there’s a sequel!
UPDATE: Check out this link to see how great the Mad Guy food plots are coming up! Some deer have taken a liking to this healthy patch of Hancock's Killer Clover!