Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Deer Season Prep - Small Impact Now for Big Impact Later
One of those components is to begin being active in your hunting area. This is a great time to cut those shooting lanes and walking trails. Put some trail cams up and set a feeder or two. Hinge cut some trees to create travel corridors to funnel the deer where you want them to go and supply some excellent bedding cover for them.
Every time we have cut a walking trail in at this time of the year, within a week, the deer begin using it as a highway. Tracks can be found all over it, and is a great spot to put a trail cam.
This is also prime time to place new stands and pop-up blinds. Placing them now will give the deer a few months to grow acquainted and comfortable with a new object in their environment.
One awesome tip I picked up, is to spray non-estrus doe urine around new objects that you are placing in the hunting area. This causes deer to relax. The smell of other deer has a calming affect on them.
A word of warning, all of this activity needs to balanced with not making too great an impact on the area. One season, in my favorite property, the hay was standing about three and a half feet tall. It was brutal trying to get through it. We made the mistake of cutting the entire field.
Shortly after we had it cut, the rains stopped coming in and we hit the late summer dry period. The hay never recovered and grew back to only a height of about six inches.
So balance your efforts and make calculated changes that benefit both you and the herd you are hunting. I have found some of these times to be just as much fun as doing the hunting itself. There is just nothing like prepping, working hard and then seeing your work pay dividends later.