This Ohio Writers Camp hunt operation is spearheaded by Jeff Neal of Heartland Wildlife Institute. Jeff is an immediately likable guy; outgoing, personable, well organized and hard working.

Jeff Neal driving us out to one of his many Heartland Wildlife food plot hunting areas.

Jeff Neal and Les Ray from Heartland Wildlife Inc. know everything about wildlife seed products and food plots. The farm we are hunting is a living testimony to to Heartland Wildlife’s dedication, research and expertise in developing food plot and other nutritional sources for wildlife, particularly deer. The 700 acre farm has 18 food plots.  (On the web at

Jeff and Les concoct both annual and perennial seed mixes that optimize food plot volume and provide a healthy variety of foods for deer, year round. Below is a field planted with Heartland’s Secret Weapon, an annual mix of the brassicas including turnips, forage rape as well as winter peas and forage beans. One of the nice things about this mix is it provides early and late forage.

Besides their extensive seed mix products, Heartland has tested and developed mineral mixes that are extremely good for the deer herd health. Below is one of Heatland’s mineral licks.

During his presentation to the writers, Jeff showed us the new Heartland Wildlife packagaing and products.

During last year’s writers camp Jeff asked us for input about Heartland’s  packaging and products. He definitely listened. The new packaging was attention getting and had a more modern look and zip to it. He showed us the new deer attractant items that come in attention getting packaging.

Then Jeff showed us a totally new line for Heartland Wildlife; seed mixes, attractants and minerals specifically designed and branded for Matthews and available to all Matthews retailers. That packaging was eye popping too.

Below is the video of the new products from Heartland Wildlife Institute.

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The manufacturers attending this Writers Camp are; ATSKO, ( Mike Jordan), Grim Reaper Broadheads (Jay Liechty), Heartland Wildlife Institute (Jeff Neal and Les Ray), Nikon (C. J. Davis), PRADCO Outdoor Brands (Mike Mattly), Lost Camo, (Keith Jennings). Other manufacturers that have provided product are; Darton Archery, Don Wood Polaris, ThemaCellFall Guy ( Integrated Safety Systems) and GameHide.