I don’t know about you but for me, the best feeling ever of a bowhunter is to know that I have done everything I could to maximize my rewards or reach my targets. Think about it, while many hunters out there throw chance into the wind. However, I’m here confidently standing in blind or tree, waiting for my targets coming, no matter it’s sooner or later, but I’m sure they’ll come. As I have crafted my property into a perfect deer hunting paradise. To have such thrilling feeling, firstly, you need to know how to attract deer.
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Before getting started, you must know what you need to do. To get it, let’s take a quick biology lesson. We all know that deer, in particular, saying and any animals in generally need three basic things to survive. They are food, water, and cover. To attract deer to come into your property, you must create an ideal place that meets all their needs. Otherwise, deer maybe come to your area, but they’ll leave soon to find the missing piece. Like us, if you live in a house, even it’s beautiful but it lacks of the water source, will you stay there until the end of your life?
To provide all basic needs of deer, there are actually many ways but in this article, my aim is long-term goals so that I’ll show you the best way to prepare for the deer hunting season coming to your area. Let’s get started!
How to attract deer
First thing first, it’s food source. I can bet 10 dollars that you will receive the same answer when asking any deer hunters how to improve your property for deer. Though water is maybe more important than food, it provides a huge number of calories and energies for a deer herb.
The key to attracting deer to your area through food plots is to grow the plant species that the surrounding areas are lacking. I mean, if your neighborhoods are corn farm, think about planting late-season brassica mix so that deer will come into your land when the corns are all harvested.
My second key on how to attract deer by using food plots is to plant many species. The more diversity of the food plots, there will be more chances to entice deer. Why? Because if there are one species that doesn’t develop already, you still have other plants to attract deer. You can grow a particular plant in each plot or mix them together.
Water is quite easy to add to your land. Deer or any kind of animals require a particular amount of water to survive all year round. Their water demand will increase in hot seasons or dry fall.
Nothing is better than your property has natural water source like a pond, lake, stream or river. But if it doesn’t have, you can add many small water sources around your land. The more the better because deer won’t have to go a long distance to find a place to drink as well as feel comfortable to use them.
To make waterholes, you can bury 55-gallon barrels cut in a half lengthwise deep into the soil to collect raindrops for deer to use. Sooner, you can update to 110-gallon tanks so that they can hold more water in a long time. 200 Gallons tanks are not a bad idea, it just asks more digging. After the waterholes are done, place a sturdy stick into them so that small animals can climb out if they accidentally fall into it.
If you want to invest more, you can use a backhoe to make a large pond for deer. It will look more natural. But in my personal experience, deer won’t mind whether it’s natural or artificial water source, what they care about is something to drink and survive. That’s it!
In summer or dried days during deer hunting season, these water spots will become perfect blinds for you to hunt.
Apart from water and food plots, if your property doesn’t have any adequate cover then almost deer won’t think it is their home. An adequate cover here includes both security cover and bedding cover.
Sound funny, right? You create your property to attract deer for hunting, but now, you need to make security cover for them to hide from predators, including you. However, if there’s no security cover, deer might wander on your property at night to steal food, they won’t stay there.
Ideal security covers are habitats that deer can move safely between the feeding areas and the bedding covers. A typical one maybe has a thick alder swamp, a dense young conifer plantation or blowdown area.
About the bedding area, it’s usually a place where deer can have a rest safely that predators can’t approach. Typically, they have native warm-season grass fields, edges of dense shrub thickets or locate in on south-facing ridges.
One thing you should take notice on how to attract deer is to fix all open areas. In our human opinions, these places might become ideal spots to bow hunt, or even look beautiful. However, on the contrary, deer think these areas are dangerous because predators can detect them, which is risky.
To create perfect bedding covers, choose those spots that can have a good view to open area but point away from the prevailing winds or places that are on top of a rise with a view so that deer can sit there to both see anything in front and smell predators from behind them.
Make these bedding covers as natural as possible. You can cut half of a tree and let it fall down. It will develop in couple years later to create thick growth. But the best thing is just to leave it alone. Surely it requires you to come and maintain, but just do it in a few years.
Now deer have everything they need within your land. One sure thing that they will come into your area whether sooner or later. Just keep calm and wait. Good luck!