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Wildlife Food Plots Seed Promotion

The deadline to apply for the 2021 growing season was March 31, 2021. Please check back in February for the 2022 season signup.

Overview

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is offering free seed for the 2021 growing season to landowners interested in planting wildlife food plots for pheasants.

This program is meant to assist interested landowners with habitat, as well as provide food for pheasants, deer, turkeys and a variety of other animals.

Seed

This mix is a diverse species, multi-season seed mix that will

  • attract insects (the major diet component of pheasant chicks),
  • provide needed cover during spring and summer, as well as a winter food source.

The Department will provide enough seed to cover up to a maximum 5-acre planting at no cost to the landowner.

Quote from North Dakota farmer praising the seed mix.

Requirements

Most Game and Fish food plots are part of the Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen program, but this food plot campaign does not require a PLOTS contract.

  • The Department does ask participating landowners to allow reasonable public access, such as opening land to youth hunters.
    • Another option simply could be putting up Ask Before You Enter signs.
  • Landowners participating in the promotion cannot charge a fee for hunting.

Game and Fish private land biologists can provide technical assistance on food plot location and site preparation.

Landowners interested in additional financial incentives may be considered for the PLOTS program as well. More information is available by contacting a private land biologist.

Sign Up

Landowners who are interested in receiving the food plot seed must sign up online by March 31.

Seed will be available in April at Game and Fish offices in

  • Bismarck
  • Jamestown
  • Devils Lake
  • Harvey
  • Dickinson
  • Williston
  • and Riverdale.