Venison Food Plot Preparation

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Venison jerky taste great and will last a long time if vacuum packed.

I had some venison I wanted to make some jerky out of and I found a really good recipe. If you like the taste and heat of black pepper, this  jerky recipe is the one for you. The marinade seasons the strips of venison with finely ground black pepper. And to really kick it up a notch, cracked black pepper is sprinkled on before drying. Coarse ground black pepper can be used in place of cracked pepper.


1 cup of Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of canning salt
3 tablespoons of fine grind black pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon of onion powder
1 1/2 teaspoons of Morton® Tender Quick® curing mix

This recipe is for around five pounds of venison. Combine the meat with the marinade and allow it to marinate overnight. Before dehydrating, season with cracked or coarse ground black pepper if desired. I put the meat in my dehydrator for about 12 hours but different dehydrators may vary. You can also prop open your oven door with a piece of tin foil and place the meat directly on the oven racks. Put the oven on its lowest temperature and cook for about 6- 9 hours ovens and times will vary so check often. I made this recipe and it was really good.

Food Plot Preparation

food plot preparationOn a different note now is the time to for food plot preparation. Have you got soil samples? Getting soil samples of your before you plant your spring and summer food plot and applying lime accordingly can improve your spring and a summer food plot on your deer hunting property tremendously. I have seen plots that didn’t produce at all, but when soil samples were done and the right amount of lime was put out they showed a lot of improvement and were lush and green! Get out and get those soil samples if you want to be sitting over a nice green plot come time to go deer hunting.

Soil Prep

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Soil test are a very important part of getting the best results out of a deer hunting food plot.

Soil Preparation is an important part of getting ready to plant. You need to remove the existing vegetation before you plant your seeds. Plow, disk or till the area you are going to plant. Remove all vegetation and once you have the area tilled or plowed drag it to prepare a smooth, even seedbed. Finish by firming the soil before planting the seed with a of roller or packer. This will help kill most of the existing weeds. Remove all vegetation and debris from the area, then break up the hard clumps of soil and firm everything back to a smooth level surface. This should help you achieve the best results out of your planting when done in conjunction with the results of your soil samples and applying the proper amount of lime and fertilizer.

The season will be here before you know it. It is never to early to start getting ready so you can get the best results out of your hard work and you know what they say “you reap what you sow”.

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