Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever has launched the expanded Signature Series of food plot mixes for spring. PF/QF biologists across the country have developed a tremendous variety of grain and green-browse mixes to meet the food and cover needs of pheasants, quail and wildlife. These proven, field tested mixes will now be more readily available to chapters and retail customers throughout pheasant and quail country.
High-energy grain food plots are an essential wildlife management practice. When designed and placed correctly, these areas reduce bird mortality and help bring hens through the winter in peak condition for breeding. The nine Signature Series grain mixes include sorghum blends (Blizzard Buster, Covey Rise, Winter Shield, etc.), and diverse recipes like Winter Survival Mix, Rooster Booster or Dove & Quail Mix (blends of corn, sorghums sunflowers, buckwheat, millets, and more) that fit almost every planting situation.
Since many of our members are active big game hunters, we have also developed an expanded line of five Bird and Buck Green Browse Mixes. These forage offerings are irresistible wildlife magnets that attract and hold big game. They also create a leafy, insect rich structure that provides high quality brood habitat for upland birds. PF/QF Clover & More, Whitetail & Gamebird Mix, Deer Kandy and Whitetail Forage Brassica Mix make great bugging areas for pheasant and quail chicks, while hauling the deer and turkeys under your bow-stand.
Blizzard Buster Mix
|Blizzard Buster is the 800-pound gorilla of winter cover and food mixes. This blend of early grain and forage sorghums provides maximum shelter and food for game birds and other wildlife in areas with tough winters. Specially designed to create a food-rich, dense cover, it provides both winter habitat and food when established in large plots. Plant it next to your existing winter cover to enhance its character and to improve survival. A 25 lb. bag of this special PF formulation plants 4-5 acres that can be established with standard planters, grain drills or broadcast seeders. Plant each spring at 5-6 lbs per acre when soil temperatures warm to 60 degrees.|
ComponentsSpecific mixture of five grain and four distinct forage sorghums. Enhanced with MicroNutrients.
Covey Rise Mix
|Covey Rise is a mix of 3 to 5 foot, heavy grain-bearing sorghums, with bright fall colors. This blend provides super food value & great habitat structure! It is the most eye-pleasing winter food and cover available for birds, and creates great hunting habitat. Pheasants and quail love it. And, if you are trying to conserve winter food for your birds, Covey Rise is a bit less attractive to deer and turkeys that can clean out food plots. Big game, however, will happily dine on Covey Rise when conditions get tough, and other food sources are exhausted!! A 25 lb. bag of this exclusive PF formulation plants 4-5 acres, and Covey Rise can be established with standard planters, grain drills or broadcast seeders. Plant each spring at 5-6 lbs per acre when ground temperatures warm to 60 degrees.|
ComponentsSpecific mixture of five distinct grain sorghums with a wide area of adaptation. Enhanced with MicroNutrients.
Early Longtail Milo
|Short growing seasons are no longer a barrier to good food production for game birds and other wildlife. Early Longtail Milo is a short stature, very early maturity grain sorghum that provides a heavy seed crop in as little as 85 days in normal growing conditions. It is wonderful food and escape cover for birds. Longtail Milo makes great hunting habitat that affords maximum visibility of your bird dogs while working cover. A 25 lb. bag plants 4-5 acres, and it can be established with standard planters, grain drills or broadcast seeders. Seed each year in the spring when ground temperatures reach 60 degrees, at 5-6 lbs per acre. |
ComponentsEarly maturing grain sorghum with a wide area of adaptation. Enhanced with MicroNutrients.
|Winter Shield (also known as Nebraska Mix) is a proven success in enhancing the winter survival of wildlife across the nation for more than 10 years! This blend is loaded with heavy grain-yielding forage sorghums, grain sorghums and millets to provide the critical energy needed to pull your birds through the toughest winters. Winter Shield provides some of the best winter cover and food available for pheasants and quail, and will increase your birds’ survival prospects, while providing a haven for other wildlife. A single 25 lb. bag will plant 4-5 acres, and it can be established with planters, grain drills or broadcast seeders. Plant each spring at 5-6 lbs per acre when soil temperatures warm to 60 degrees.|
ComponentsSpecific mixture of four distinct grain sorghums, six forage sorghums and two millets for a diverse plant community. Enhanced with MicroNutrients.
|Sunflowers rank first among the favorite foods of doves (and other wildlife!) and Dove Kandy Sunflowers drive doves, game birds, and songbirds wild!! These small, black-seeded, high oil varieties are chock-full of energy. They are just the ticket to draw in doves to early fall shooting fields. A 25 lb. bag plants 4-5 acres, and can be established with planters, or roadcast seeders.|
ComponentsSpecific mixture of diverse maturing sunflowers. Enhanced with MicroNutrients.
Winter Survival Mix
|Winter Survival Mix provides excellent cover and food for wildlife in areas with tough winter weather. A blend of early varieties, this mix is heavy on high energy corn, rounded out with sorghums, sunflowers, and buckwheat. It is very attractive to upland game birds, deer, turkeys, songbirds and a wide range of other wildlife. This mix of grain-bearing plants is best broadcast onto a prepared, well fertilized seedbed and harrowed in. A 25 lb. bag will plant 2 acres of fabulous food plot.|
ComponentsSpecific formula of corn, grain sorghums, forage sorghums, buckwheat and sunflowers. Enhanced with MicroNutrients.
Rooster Booster Mix
|Rooster Booster provides feeding habitat for deer, turkeys and upland wildlife, and generally lasts longer than corn-only food plots. It provides a diverse cover and food plot area for pheasants, quail and other wildlife. This early maturing mix is heavy on sorghums, with plenty of corn, buckwheat and german millet. Broadcast onto a prepared, well fertilized seedbed and harrow it in. A 28 lb. bag plants 3 acres.|
ComponentsSpecific formula of corn, grain sorghums, buckwheat and millets. Enhanced with MicroNutrients.
Western Food & Cover Mix
|A mixture designed for drier climates that uses short maturity varieties. Western Mix can also be used as a two year cover plot. This exclusive blend of sunflowers, forage and grain sorghums, sudan grass, sweet clover and millets is best planted with a broadcast seeder. A 25 lb. bag will produce 3 to 4 acres of winter cover, and a very effective food plot. And in the second year, it becomes great brood-rearing cover.|
ComponentsSpecific formula of sunflower, forage sorghum, grain sorghum, sudan grass, sweet clover and millets. Enhanced with MicroNutrients.
Dove & Quail Mix
|Dove and Quail Mix is for more than just these two great game birds—this is a diverse food plot habitat. This combination of sunflowers, grain sorghums and millets provide a great food source for doves, and also provide food and cover for quail, pheasants, songbirds and other wildlife. A 25 lb. bag will produce 3 to 4 acres of great winter cover and will provide brood cover for two years if left standing. |
ComponentsSpecific formula of sunflowers, grain sorghums, forage sorghums and various millets. Enhanced with MicroNutrients.
Bird & Buck Clover & More Mix
|Clover & More is a unique combination of high quality, long lasting clovers, alfalfa and more that produce superior browsing habitat for deer and turkeys and brooding areas for upland game bird chicks. This high protein blend of legumes is very palatable—deer find it irresistible! Bird & Buck Clover & More has been field tested in Ohio for the past 5 years, with consistently excellent results. An 8 lb bag plants 1 acre, and it also makes a great planting for spring firebreaks. Bird & Buck Clover & More can be broadcast, planted with a drop seeder or other methods. Plant very early in the spring or in the fall for best results.|
ComponentsSpecific formula of alfalfa, rapeseed, alsike, arrowleaf, berseem, crimson, ladino and red clover. Enhanced with Legume Inoculants and MicroNutrients.
Bird & Buck Whitetail & Gamebird Mix
|Whitetail & Gamebird Mix is a combination habitat product specially designed by PF/QF Field Staff to produce superior habitat for deer, turkeys and upland birds. The browse components in our exclusive formulation will attract and increase your deer and turkey numbers. At the same time, it will benefit nesting and brood rearing pheasants and quail. Each 8 lb. bag provides 1 acre of habitat, can be broadcast seeded or planted with a grain drill, and is best planted in the spring. A 25 lb. bag will cover 2-3 acres of habitat.|
ComponentsSpecific formula of alfalfa, rapeseed, alsike, arrowleaf, berseem, crimson, ladino and red clover, partridge peas, annual ryegrass, bluegrass, switchgrass, timothy and millet. Enhanced with Legume Inoculants and MicroNutrients.
Bird & Buck Deer Kandy
|Deer Kandy is a great green browse mix for deer & turkeys that also creates an insect haven for pheasant and quail broods. An 8 lb bag plants 1 acre, and includes superior varieties of alfalfa, alsike, ladino, medium red clover and partridge pea, making this a very durable and long lasting green browse mix with great attraction for deer. Plant in very early spring, or in late summer or fall for best results. Best management is to mow your green browse/legume food plots in mid to late summer and allow re-growth for fall. Mow each year to maintain a long lasting stand! |
ComponentsSpecific mixture of all legumes: alfalfa, alsike, ladino, medium red clover and partridge pea. Enhanced with Legume Inoculants and MicroNutrients.
Bird & Buck Whitetail Forage Brassica Mix
|Whitetail Forage Brassica Mix is a forage brassica blend specially designed to produce superior feeding habitat for deer and turkeys. This mixture of annual rape, canola, pasja, kale and deer turnips is irresistible to whitetails and turkeys. The high sugar content in the mature leaves will attract deer from a long distance, and it will keep them where you want them. Forage protein levels in PF/QF Whitetail Forage Brassica Mix can reach over 38%, satisfying the browsing desires of whitetails while providing the nutrients they need. Whitetail Forage Brassica Mix is a fast growing blend, reaching up to 24 inches in height just 45 days after planting, and the browsed leaves are quickly replaced by new ones. Adding this fall forage mix to your food plot complex will maximize your chances of taking a nice buck this fall. A 5 lb bag plants 1 acre, and is best seeded in late summer or early fall. |
ComponentsPrescription formula of hybrid rapeseed, kale, two forage turnips, hybrid forage turnip and canola. Enhanced with MicroNutrients.