January 17, 2011 at 3:21pm
Like the other guys said, It depends on YOUR deer. I have several places i hunt and they are all different.Tracts of 93-45-73 and 25 acres. I'm the only 1 that hunts on this land and its spread all over the County. The 73 acres is rock throwing distance to the city limits and i can hunt my 2 stands there everyday during bow season and see deer 4 out of 5 sits, I can smell BBQ Grills and hear kids playing but the deer are used to this.On the 93 acres i have seen as many as 25 deer in the field eating...Up until i shot a few does and then the deer would stand in the timber just enough to figure out what my location was and then they would avoid that field till after dark, I have another ladder stand in the woods about 150 yards from the field edge and have seen deer just mill around waiting on darkness, Some of the smaller deer would go right on out in the field but the older/wiser deer would wait till darkness. The Bow stand i mentioned earlier is in a grown up cow pasture and i bush-hog lanes around the edge about 25 yards from my lok-on and i don't use bait and the deer will walk these bush-hog trails everyday from point A to point B....I did try bait at 1 of my box stands this year because i wanted my daughter to kill 1 but i just felt like the older deer knew it was out of place, It seemed like i seen more deer before i put the corn out in this cut-over, I even seen deer walk close to the corn and then go out of their way to get around it? I had pictures of 2 nice bucks using this area and i think the corn being placed there might have cost me a nice buck but who knows? I work with a guy whos dad is a big farmer and he said corn will be around $10 a bag next season...I'm just gonna place a few trophy rocks out and take my chances. I will add that i will move around with a climber if i find some hot sign and have took a few nice deer doing this.