Meeting Deer's Nutritional Needs Through Food Plots

Jacob Dykes was born and raised in Amory, MS where he spent most of his time hunting and fishing. His love for the outdoors led him to pursue a career in natural resources. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in wildlife sciences from Mississippi State University in 2013 and 2018, respectively. While pursuing his master’s degree, Jacob led a research project evaluating how plant nutrients influenced white-tailed deer diets. Jacob used common planting practices and popular food plot forages to investigate deer forage preference and how preference changed with plant nutrients. Jacob is currently pursuing a PhD at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in Kingsville, TX where he studies the effects of heat on white-tailed deer behavior and competition with cattle.

Dykes will focus on four key points during this webinar:
1)  Understanding deer nutritional needs
2)  Why the “magic bullet” forage doesn’t exist
3)  How to build a successful food plot
4)  No substitute for habitat management


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