Monitering Deer Feeding Patterns

It will be time to go deer hunting before you know it. A big part of the puzzle is figuring out the feeding patterns.

deer feeding paterns

By watching food sources during the summer you can figure out the deer feeding patterns.

Deer Feeding

Big bucks increase their body weight quite a bit during the summer months into October. You can use binoculars or a spotting scope during the summer months to watch feeding. It is important not to disturb the deer so using a spotting scope is a great way to monitor the deer feeding without them ever knowing you are there. By monitoring the food sources during the summer you will be prepared to pick a great spot to get that trophy whitetail once it is time to go deer hunting.

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Figuring out deer feeding patterns during the summer months will help you find great locations for deer hunting.

In my opinion the deer prefer acorns over any other food source. I know there are people who disagree with me but that is my opinion. So around late July or early August it is a good idea to start looking for acorns and if you have acorns dropping in a funnel area that should be a hot spot for whitetail activity.

If you have corn on your property the whitetail activity probably won’t be heavy in the corn until it starts to mature in late September or early October.

Glassing fields can reveal great places to hunt once bow season rolls around. You want to locates fields where there is lush food sources available ( such as clover and alfalfa) and field edges with thick cover nearby are a great place to look.

Another great place to scout is where there are fruit trees or an orchard. Whitetails just love the sweet taste of apples, pears, persimmons, etc. You want to look for trails leading to the trees and setup on the downwind side. If hunting an orchard it is best to setup near the trees bearing the most fruit or even better on the trails leading to it. Look for trees with the most fruit on the ground with the most droppings.

By focusing on areas that have food water and cover and glassing these areas during the summer you will be able to choose great stand locations and increase your odds of  harvesting a trophy whitetail this upcoming season.

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Food Plots Improve Property

Do you want to improve your food plots for deer hunting?

If you want to improve your deer hunting doing these five things will help your property tremendously.

If you want to improve your deer hunting doing these five things will help your property tremendously.

If you lease or own your land there are some things that you can do to improve your deer hunting tremendously. Here is a list of 5 things you can do to improve your deer hunting property.

Food Plots

1.Food Plots- In my book having food plots is the number one thing you can do to improve your hunting property for big bucks. Whitetails eat five to eight pounds of food every day for each one hundred pounds of body weight.

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One of the best ways to improve your deer hunting property is to add food plots.

Food plots provide quality nutrition at the times of year when the deer need it the most. During fawn bearing, antler growth, and winter when food is scarce. Providing good nutrition will improve the overall well being of your deer herd.

2.Control burn- Every year around February or March we control burn our hunting property. We plow fire breaks and clean the brush out from around our deer stands, then we wait for the conditions to be right and then burn. We have to obtain a permit to be able to burn. You need to make sure you have the proper permit when burning. Each state may have different requirements so be sure to check with the proper authorities in your location.

3.Plant trees and shrubs- Some of the popular trees and shrubs are saw tooth oak, wild plum, crab apple, persimmon, honeysuckle, Hawthorne, dogwood, apple, pecan.

4.Supplemental feeding-High protein is very good for antler growth. During the winter supplemental feeding can help deer survive the harsh winter. We have three feeders on our hunting property. They are a great place to set up trail cameras. You can see that trophy buck up close and watch him grow. We’ve had a nice 150 class buck on camera for several years. He has outsmarted us so far though.

5.Managing the herd-Buck to doe ratio is important. With a one to one being ideal. One to three is acceptable. Increase your doe harvest and decrease your buck harvest depending on the ratio of your herd. Protect your yearling bucks. Let bucks grow to three and a half years old at least, with five and a half being preferred. Impose size restrictions on bucks. Set a width and number of points restriction. A lot of clubs have restrictions of as wide as its ears and eight points or better.

You can really improve your hunting property by doing these five things. If you hunt public land then you don’t have to worry about this stuff. In some states the public land is being managed very well to ensure a healthy deer herd. With some really nice bucks being harvested.

 

Deer Hunting Kentucky

Have you ever wanted to go hunting Kentucky?

Hunting Kentucky

Hunting Kentucky provides many great opportunities for trophy bucks.

Hunting Kentucky

If you like deer hunting like me Kentucky is is quickly moving up on the list of places that I would definitely like to go deer hunting.

deer hunting in Kentucky.

There are some great public deer hunting opportunities in Kentucky.

It seems like every year I hear more and more great things about Kentucky.

One of my favorite blogs is Outdoor Life’s Big Buckzone. Travis Faulkner has a lot of great stories and articles on there, and he is from Kentucky, and he definitely knows what he’s doing when it comes to hunting big mature whitetail bucks in Kentucky. And he seems like such a great down to earth good ole southern man. So be sure to go to my blog roll and check out the Big Buckzone.

There are many different public deer hunting opportunities in Kentucky. A great place to research all the different ones and see which one you would be interested in is the internet. I have been wanting to hunt the Land between the Lakes public hunting area. With 107,594 acres of prime habitat, and 300 miles of undeveloped shoreline, and abundant whitetail deer, it sounds like a great place to take a trophy buck. They offer quota hunts for firearms and archery and crossbow hunts. If you are interested in a Public hunt in Kentucky be sure to check out the above link and I think it will be very helpful to you.

I also found a video of a huge buck harvested in Kentucky that you will enjoy. Check out this huge buck harvested by an Amish man while hunting on the ground. It is a unbelievable buck that is probably the second or third largest non-typical buck ever harvested in Kentucky.

I am currently trying to get transferred to Kentucky with my job and after reading this article I think you will understand why.