How To Attract Deer To Your Stand
Most successful deer hunters put in a tremendous amount of work during the off season to better the chances of seeing trophy deer on the property being hunted. Cultivating vegetation that tends to attract deer to a particular area can be an art in and of itself.
While making your hunting ground more fruitful can obviously take time as plants don’t grow overnight, but there are some things you can do even just a few weeks out that can improve the chances of drawing in bucks. Here are four ways to attract more deer to your tree stand.
A popular option throughout the South where legal is to Set up a deer feeder. This is perhaps the most straightforward thing you can do to attract deer. Make sense. You want to bring in deer, put out food. The trick is making the deer comfortable with the feeder and later your own presence near that feeder. For this reason, you want to set your feeder out as early as possible but even just a few weeks before your hunt is a good idea. You might want to put up that tree stand nearby while you’re at it as well.
A mineral site is another popular choice among sportsmen to help bring in more deer. A good option throughout the summer months when does need nutrients and bucks are in velvet in the growing phase. A well-established mineral site will have deer visiting often for the minerals that are needed during this time. All it requires is a little work and the product you choose, with the proper location you should have deer visiting year round.
Using deer urine as a lure to attract deer into your hunting setup is not a new concept. This can be one of the most effective scents for drawing deer to a particular area. Deer urine works best during the rut when bucks are cruising seeking out those hot does. To use the scent effectively try placing the deer urine lure around the area of your property where you want to draw deer. Apply doe scent on grass or trees if you want to lure bucks. If you are in a tree stand, hang scent wicks around your stand. The scent wicks are often saturated with buck urine. Put the scent wicks about 20 yards in front of the stand and make sure they are about four or five feet off the ground so the wind will disperse the scent. There are also some newer scents on the market such as apple and acorn scent that could be worth checking into.
A food plot requires the most amount of work but can provide the best attractant that deer will come to feed at every day. Deer are drawn to crops that are high in protein, such as kale, turnips, soybeans, peas, and alfalfa. A mix of plants that include clover and grasses, like wheat, oats, and rye, will attract deer. Experts suggest that you plant 60 percent cool-season perennials like clovers, 20 percent cool-season annuals like turnip and kale, and 20 percent warm-season annuals, like corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. Deer also like nuts such as chestnuts and acorns. While it may be a long wait for results, planting mast trees such as these will eventually offer deer some of their favorite foods when the trees begin to bear nuts. Other trees that produce fruit deer like are persimmons, pears, and apples. Determine which trees will succeed in your location for best results.
For better results choose a food that is not already plentiful in your area, for instance, if you’re surrounded by corn fields, planting a corn field will not yield great results. I would recommend testing the soil and carefully plot out the location of a food plot for better chance of success.
Every one of these tips will help draw more deer to your property your hunting. I suggest adding a trail camera to test and prove your results that deer are using your attractant. What do you do to bring more deer to your setups? Let us know in the comments below and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
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