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How to Attract Deer to Your Hunting Property

Your Deer Hunting Property | Three Things You Need

Imagine sitting in your tree stand on opening morning of deer hunting season. You are completely relaxed because you can virtually guarantee that the whitetails will show up as the sun rises. You sit back calmly to await the deer parade that will walk right past your stand.

While that may be a bit of a stretch, it is definitely possible to stack the deck in your favor when it comes to attracting deer to your property. There are three primary things deer need in their every-day lives. If you can provide food, water, and cover on your land, you should be able to hold deer fairly well within your boundaries. That is critical if your land is surrounded by heavily pressured areas, as whitetails will steadily move onto your property to avoid the onslaught of hunters around you.

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Groceries

There are hundreds of ways to provide more food to your deer herd. An obvious way to provide calories is to plant food plots on your property. You see it all the time on your favorite deer hunting videos. It’s important to provide both perennial and annual species within your border, and plant a mixture that will offer calories throughout the year. Perennials (e.g., Evolved Harvest clover, chicory, alfalfa, etc.) can last around five years with good maintenance. They provide food for much of the growing season, which makes them fairly cost-effective. Annuals (e.g., corn, soybeans, brassicas, grains, etc.) are only available for the year you plant them, but they are very attractive in that time. Some species are only attractive after they have matured or their seed has ripened, while others provide forage opportunities throughout the summer, as well.

Another not-so-obvious way is to manage natural habitat on your property to produce abundant browse and forb species at ground level. This can be accomplished by doing timber stand improvement projects, such as hinge-cutting or selective cutting. These TSI cuts open the forest canopy and let more sunlight to the forest floor, which spurs new and vigorous growth for several years. If you’re not very comfortable making the call yourself, consult a forester for advice on which trees to cut and which method would be best.

Following the TSI work you’re doing, you can simultaneously plant and manage your property for mast species. Acorns, especially from white oak species, are very attractive in the fall. Soft mast species (e.g., apples, pears, persimmons, plums, etc.) provide a lot of food per acre, as well. Once they’re used to eating these species, you can also use similar-smelling Buck Bomb scents during the hunting season to further attract deer.

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Water

This is a no brainer, but deer need water just as much as we do. If you have a ditch, pond, creek, or even a river flowing through your land, you are covered. If you don’t have one of those features, you can make one yourself in a weekend with some farm equipment or sweat equity. The simplest idea, of course, is to dig a small hole with a shovel and place either a children’s pool into it or lay a tarp across the bottom of the hole and weigh it down with rocks. Let them fill up with rainwater, and be sure to place a large branch into it so small animals can climb out if they fall in.

The other option is to use a backhoe to dig a pond that will fill up from precipitation and natural groundwater. You should check your local regulations before doing so, though. Don’t try this approach on sandy soils or on a ridgetop, as you’re unlikely to be successful in these areas, which would be better suited to the first option.

Cover

Without adequate habitat, deer likely won’t stay long on your land. It doesn’t matter if you have the best water and food source around, they simply won’t linger throughout the daylight hours without some kind of cover. They need to feel secure from predators (including us), have adequate bedding and fawning habitat, and use heavy cover to escape the elements as well.

A good habitat management plan will involve several items. Basically, you need to provide what the surrounding landscape is missing. If the lands around you lack winter cover, you should plant pockets of conifer species (e.g. spruces, pines, etc.) for thermal protection. If there is very little fawning habitat around you, you could plant native warm season grasses for bedding cover. If deer hunting pressure is an issue in your area, designate a portion of the interior of your property to be a sanctuary area where they can always feel safe without any human intrusion.

If you can meet these three basic needs on your land, you will see your deer hunting success improve drastically. You’ll see more deer, and hold more of them on your land throughout the year. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get your deer parade after all.

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Late Season Deer Hunting│ Tips You Need to Know to Stay Warm!

When ole’ man winter raises his ugly head and the conditions become brutal, most deer hunters will think twice about setting off into the deer woods. While the conditions may be just about too much to bare, if you happen to find a way to make due, you might be in for some of the best deer hunting of the year!

It is well-known fact that white-tailed deer, including big bucks, can be greatly affected by changes in the weather. Outside of the rut, strong cold fronts can be one of the best times to catch a big mature buck on their feet. Of course, it goes without saying that while extremely cold conditions can make whitetail deer more predictable, it can also be some of the toughest conditions that you may face all season.

Deer hunting in the cold temperatures is both physically and mentally taxing on a hunter. Overcoming the mental side of deer hunting in the cold will vary from hunter to hunter, however, simply keeping in mind that while the conditions may be difficult…it could also be your best opportunity to punch a Muzzy Trocar through a buck. Thinking in this mindset can greatly help you. Keep focused on your goal and you might be surprised how much it can help you. Luckily, deer hunting when the temperatures are cold and the snow is on the ground will typically translate into seeing a lot of deer, which can really help you keep you mind off the cold.

Scent Lok Late Season Deer Hunting | Head Hunters TVClothing that can provide you protection from the extreme temperatures is a must through these conditions. It all starts with having a solid base layer. Having a base layer that is designed to help regulate the hunters body heat is where it all starts. Base layers combined with a Late Season System such as the products from ScentLok can have a hunter content and concentrated. Having durable, warm outer layers is certainly important when it comes to withstanding extreme cold; however, having a solid base layer is the foundation for late season deer hunting success.

Many deer hunters will take the field this winter in search of wall hanger, however, many will not be able to overcome the extreme conditions. The cold stand or blind can and will be ruthless on many. The takeaways here are starting with a solid foundation and staying focused on your goals!

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Sneak Peek Behind the Scenes of Hunting Videos

What You Don’t See on Most Other Hunting Shows

There’s a good chance we are all a little interested (alright, obsessed) with hunting videos. After all, if you can’t be in the field chasing big whitetails or hiking up mountains after bull elk, the next best thing is living vicariously through the hunting program you’re watching. Not only that, many hunting programs offer a lot of helpful tips to help us grow as outdoorsmen and women. Whether it’s scent control, stalking tactics, habitat management, or even predator control, there’s a lot to be learned from hunting videos.

However, there’s also a lot that we don’t see on most hunting programs. Some of the behind-the-scenes footage or content production process stays hidden. Many people may not stop to think about it, and will just take the program at face value. But sometimes we need to dig deeper. How was this deer hunting video shot? What other tactics were being used that were not mentioned? Head Hunters TV really strives to show viewers everything it takes to produce a hunting video. Let’s take a look at some common oversights by viewers.

First, most people don’t appreciate the sheer time commitment it truly takes to connect with one trophy animal, let alone several. Consistently. Over many seasons. Nobody is that lucky. In fact, rarely are people simply lucky. They are often some of the hardest working people you’ll find. With Huntsoft scouting, stand-hanging, setting Wildgame Innovation Trail Cameras up, and actually hunting, it’s a huge amount of time in the field, away from family and other obligations. Often, it involves sitting in extreme cold, rain, snow, and wind for days on end. But sometimes that’s what it takes to be successful.

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Some viewers might see a trophy animal harvested and throw up their hands to say, “they must be hunting a high fence ranch,” and dismiss the whole thing. Occasionally, this is true. Some programs do sometimes hunt such a place. But today’s hunters are looking for and expecting more from hunting videos. As such, more and more programs reveal the location they hunt as public property, where hundreds or thousands of others also hunt. If they can do it on public land, it shows that if we pay attention to their techniques and strategies, we too could bag a trophy animal on public land. Alternatively, hunts also happen with outfitters who can put in the time to develop a property to be a mature buck paradise, thereby increasing the chance of success for that hunting program. There are outfitters for just about every price point too.

Another time-related issue that we often don’t see on hunting videos is the amount of time it takes to actually produce the content. You need to plan a cohesive story line of some sort for each episode, take hours of “B roll” (nature shots and filler video), spend time on stand for days or weeks for the right shot, and then spend even more time editing through all the footage to make it coherent and cram it all into less than a half hour segment! With most hunting programs coming out on a weekly basis, that’s a Herculean amount of effort. It’s not crazy to think that it takes a couple hours to edit and produce one minute of content.

A huge obstacle to making hunting videos in the field is simply the difficulty of filming with extra equipment, a GamePlan Gear Pack, and maybe two people in the tree. That all means there is more gear and more movement for a deer to pick out from the surrounding cover. In particularly open sets, wise whitetails may quickly bust the hunters when the cameraman pans the camera around to get the shot. It’s very difficult for hunting videos to be made when deer continue to pick you out of a tree before you can get any footage.

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Finally, let’s look at the most important detail that brings a hunting video together: getting the actual kill shot on camera. In many cases, the hunter can see the buck just fine and even has the cross hairs or peep sights resting on the boiler room, but can’t take the shot because the camera operator can’t find the deer or doesn’t have clear footage. There’s no point in taking a kill shot on camera if there is a limb or brush blocking the camera’s viewpoint. Sponsors may quickly pull out of a program that repeatedly does this. The opposite is of course true as well, when the camera has full view of the deer but the hunter can’t see it or get on it. It’s a serious issue and very frustrating after potentially months of work to get to that point.

In summary, hunting videos have a lot to teach us. Not only do they help us learn new tips and techniques about deer or turkey hunting, but they also show us the value of hard work. Think of these items the next time you watch your favorite hunting program. You’ll appreciate it a lot more than you did before.