Fortunately for deer hunters in both Carolinas, the farming community is still thriving, with more than a million acres of dirt being actively farmed each year. And more than half of the two states’ farmland is comprised of high-energy legumes deer will feast on during the summer and early fall. Hunters should visit their properties and scan fields to see what crops are in the ground and, in some cases, whether the deer are already feasting and giving farmers a run for their money.
In the agriculture belt, deer thrive on nutrient-rich crops they use as staple food sources. Soybeans and peanuts are the prime summer crops for glassing deer. From the protein-rich foliage to the actual fruit or root product available, deer migrate to these buffets to gorge without anyone or anything bothering them. Since there are few people in the woods or fields this time of year, the deer are well-accustomed to daylight feeding. Hunters can scan these fields in the afternoons and see their entire deer herd getting fat at the farmers’ cost.
Hunters can see and unravel their upcoming deer crop in these July fields. Bucks will be traveling in bachelor groups and will return every afternoon to the same places. It’s a good way to see the herd and what is in store for the season. Hunters who have the rights to these fields can have a sure-fire spot for opening day. For a better look from up close, hunters can erect trail cameras around well-traveled fields. Even better, a system of cameras can be placed along field edges and entrance trails.
Hunters should also invest in good optics. A 40mm to 50mm set of binoculars or a spotting scope on a window tripod can give hunters the best view of these deer at a distance.