With Land and People— Relationships Are Built With Time

By R.G. Bernier

“An almost perfect relationship with his father was the earthly root of all his wisdom. From his own father, he said, he learned that fatherhood must be at the core of the universe. He was thus prepared in an unusual way to teach that religion in which the relation of father and son is of all relations the most central.” —C.S. Lewis

The one equitable commodity that each of us share is in the amount of time we are allotted on a daily basis. The disparity is found in how we choose to spend that time. Like money, where some elect to frivolously fritter away their monetary holdings in order to satisfy immediate gratification, others will prudently invest their assets into commodities that will eventually mature and bring them a return on the investment. Essentially, the choices we make in life become the dividends of tomorrow.

Whitetail Oats Plus Adds New Dimension to Food Plot Program

By Charles J. Alsheimer

Nov. 17, opening day of New York’s firearms season: Dawn arrived cold, frosty and very foggy. My plan was to hunt the morning in one of our farm’s acorn flats, perched in a stand I’ve used for 38 consecutive opening days. Though it’s not the most productive stand on our farm, it has been very good to me through the years. So the memories keep me going back year after year.


The deer are utilizing Winter-Greens much earlier in the fall than they did the other brassica products that I have used in the past. I also have a 4-acre plot of Imperial Whitetail Clover that was planted 6 years ago and it looks as good, if not better, than it did after the first year!

Small Plot Plans for Big Results

By Scott Bestul

 It was one of those hunts where I just wasn’t getting the vibe. An outing where my head tells me I’m making the right choice, but my gut carries on a nagging argument that knee-caps my confidence. On a late October afternoon, the debate went something like this: Head: Cool little ladder stand, tucked sweetly against a leafy white oak. Gut: It’s 12 feet high, idiot.

BUST 'EM IN BRASSICAS Bucks and Brassicas: Like Money In The Bank

By Brad Herndon

 Money is an interesting subject; one in which we all have at least some interest. The stock market attracts attention because of the returns it can yield. For example, if you had put $10,000 in the Standard & Poor 500 Index Fund at the beginning of 2006, you would have had $11,579 dollars at the end of the year — a return of 15.79 percent.

Turning Dirt Part Two: Plows for Food-Plot Tractors

By Mark Trudeau

In this series of articles, The Whitetail Institute’s agricultural expert, Mark Trudeau, passes along his decades of real-world experience in farming and related matters to our Field Testers. In his last segment of “Turning Dirt,” Mark provided his insight to help first time tractor buyers shop for the right tractors to fit their needs. In this segment, Mark discusses plows, when they should and should not be used, and how to choose the right plow for different applications. In later segments, Mark will discuss other tractor implements for working soil and doing other food-plot work.