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Property advice

Unread postby kwaldeier » Sun Jan 26, 2020 2:36 am

I put this up on Facebook but I wanted to put it here for the more experienced men who don't use it.
Okay so just a little back story on why I'm looking to improve my property. It seems like all of the neighbors just hunt the surrounding edges of our property with great success. There has been one to the west and one to the East and 6 to the South. The biggest being 183 in. There is a creek running through this property, on the south side where most of the deer reside there is multiflora Rose and a very thick Cedar patch. I was wondering if I should clear some Lanes? Clear an area and put a food plot in? Or just leave it how it is? There is no trees for stands and even on the ground the furthest you can see is maybe 20-25 yards. It is tough hunting and my last year was three years ago. Any help is appreciated. Thank you in advance
Edit- forgot to mention. There's also cattle on this property year round...
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Re: Property advice

Unread postby live2hunt » Sun Jan 26, 2020 12:33 pm

Deer need water, food, cover. Security is also important maybe designate a sanctuary. Remember deer can get a majority of their food from cover.

Before you do anything have a plan. Making changes blindly can make a property harder to hunt. If you have the funds hire a specialist like the guys from land and legacy. If not absorb as much info as you can from their podcast and YouTube before you start making changes. If it is hard to hunt maybe man made transition needs to be created.

On a side note if the neighbors are doing that well on the edges you own the property so hunt the outside and only move in when needed. I find it hard to believe from the photo there are no trees for stands only need to be a few feet high if you’re in the right spot. I am anti shooting lanes so no on that. And no on food plots maybe just a better rotational grazing program with the cattle.

Forgot to mention evaluate properties around you and try to offer the deer what those properties lack but a well rounded property will always be best.
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Unread postby 1STRANGEWILDERNESS » Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:21 am

So do you think these neighbors are shooting these deer on their way to your property or after they leave your land?
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Unread postby kwaldeier » Tue Jan 28, 2020 12:32 am

A little bit of both. I think some bed on the property and then make their way to the crop field to the south or west.
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Unread postby mheichelbech » Tue Jan 28, 2020 8:31 am

How many acres is it and how often do you hunt and scout the property? If nothing else you can fertilize the rose bushes and other similar bushes, even fertilize the pasture. I have seen evidence that deer will gravitate to browse that has better nutritional value and fertilizer can do that. Make sure your ground is optimal from a PH standpoint and add lime if necessary, this may also help what plants you do have to taste better and attract more deer.

Also if you cordone off a few acres to separate the cattle from the deer, I think that would be a great help. Don’t know about anyone else but I seldom see deer where there are a lot of cattle.
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