A successful whitetail manager applies a well-balanced mix of art and science to his management plans. A deer manager must remain inquisitive and must always focus a keen eye of observation on the results of his actions. If you’re reading this magazine, you are a deer...
JASON R. SNAVELY, CWB®
CONSULTING WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST
Jason R. Snavely is a Certified Wildlife Biologist® and the founder of Drop-Tine Wildlife Consulting. He’s recognized as a pioneer and thought leader in the field of regenerative wildlife agriculture and functional wildlife ecology with expertise designing custom wildlife food plot blends that seek to prime soil biology and restore soil function. Jason’s focus is building resiliency, abundance and biodiversity back into his clients’ legacy hunting properties. With extensive experience in wildlife consulting, deer management and native habitat management, Jason works with clients who seek to strategically maximize mature buck harvest. He is the creator of the Drop-Tine Podcast and the Drop-Tine Seed Co.
Certified Wildlife Biologist®
Jason was the first private wildlife consultant to be certified through The Wildlife Society, the international parent organization of professional wildlife biologists.
Experienced Wildlife Consultant
Working in the private sector since graduating from Mississippi State University in 2001, Jason specializes in managing deer herds and habitats all across the whitetail’s range. Jason also works with game species such as wild turkeys, quail, ducks and doves as well as nongame species such as songbirds.
Podcast Creator & Host
Jason started the wildly popular Drop-Tine Podcast in 2018 and continues to record unique episodes with pioneers and newsmakers in wildlife, ecology, agriculture and related fields.
Regenerative Agriculture Expert
Jason is credited with questioning the methods behind conventional chemical agriculture in wildlife food plots and he sparked the “toss the toxins”, farm in nature’s image and functional health approach to wildlife ecology.
Custom Food Plot Program Designer
More than two decades of experience designing year-round food source programs for private and corporate landowners across the country.
Soil Health Improvement Specialist
As co-inventor (along with Dr. Rick Haney) of the Soil Talker™, the only in-field, real-time soil health tool, Jason focuses on restoring the soil microbiome with plants. A robust soil microbiome equates to nutrient dense wildlife forages and bigger bucks!
Regenerative Wildlife Agriculture (RWA)
Leveraging his extensive knowledge in regenerative wildlife agriculture, Jason provides comprehensive consulting services to clients. He transforms habitats through strategies that boost soil health, promote biodiversity, remove toxins and work in harmony with nature. This service involves on-site visits, detailed assessments, and personalized management plans for regenerative wildlife management.
Unlock Nature’s Potential with Drop-Tine Wildlife Consulting Today
“I travel extensively throughout North America, working with farmers, ranchers and land holders to advance the health of the ecosystems they manage. To advance ecosystem health and all of the wildlife that lives in it, takes extensive knowledge of how the principles of soil health drive the ecosystem processes. Jason Snavely has that knowledge. He understands that healthy wildlife populations are the result of healthy ecosystems. You can trust Drop-tine Seed Company!”
Gabe Brown, Regenerative Agriculture Educator
“If you think Jason is pushing the envelope in wildlife food plots- you are right! But he does so in an educated and calculated way that will direct you on the path to harvesting big, healthy bucks. You can be assured that the Drop-Tine Seed Company has done its due diligence in sourcing the best value seed grown in healthy soils. Jason has pioneered cutting edge methods that produce regenerative verified food plots!”
Steve Groff, The Cover Crop Coach
“I’ve been working with Jason for over 18 years on my farms in Iowa and Pennsylvania. Rather than follow the pack in the whitetail world, he continues to bring innovative ideas and new insights to the food plot and seed industry. In recent years, his focus on plant diversity, soil health and regenerative farming have those of us who follow those practices impressed with the results. Your goal should always be to differentiate your property from your neighbors’. Jason’s relentless pursuit to source and blend only the highest quality food plot seeds and put those products in complementary blends is step one in the process. When you add these products to his knowledge of deer habitats and biology, it’s a deadly combination!”
Jim Jenzano (Iowa & Pennsylvania)
“Jason Snavely sources and blends plant seeds in ways that help people create nourishing mixtures of plant species for wildlife and livestock. He sources seeds from growers who are making a concerted effort to farm in Nature’s image using regenerative practices and soil health principles. Jason understands that plants turn dirt into soil and diverse mixtures of plants turn soil into homes, grocery stores, and pharmacies for all life below and above ground. Through his informative-rich podcasts and experience-based consulting, he is helping people to understand and implement nature-based practices that create health from the ground up. I am delighted to see the work Jason is doing, I fully support and trust his evidence- and experience-based recommendations, and you will too.”
Dr. Fred Provenza, Professor Emeritus Dept. Wildland Resources, Utah State University
“Jason Snavely is a leading advocate for managing recreational hunting properties under a regenerative model. I have worked with Jason for a number of years alongside his clients to help reduce the large amounts of inputs being put into food plots and surrounding fields. He is intimately familiar with soil tests such as Haney and PLFA and he knows how to utilize soil test results to maximize plant health and wildlife nutrition as it relates to soil health. Jason is really pushing the boundaries of wildlife management under the regenerative model. He is truly a pioneer in the discipline of integrating regenerative agriculture and soil health practices in wildlife landscapes.”
Lance Gunderson, President, Regen Ag Lab, LLC
I have worked with Jason for several years now and have always been impressed with his drive to further his understanding of food plot management in conjunction with soil and plant ecology. We have had many conversations regarding the best approach to implementing soil regenerative practices for his customers on an individual case. His customers can rest assured that he takes his commitment to them personally and will strive to find the right solution for their land.
Dr. Rick Haney
“Jason is a visionary who really gets it.”
Dr. Austin Fragomen
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