Anyone can be get lucky, but to have consistent success in the whitetail woods you need strategy, experience, reconnaissance, and some understanding of how deer live. One today’s episode I focus on how you can define deer movement in order to multiply your chances for success, while spending little to no money.
- Deer are creatures of habit, and to be consistently successful you need to both learn their habits and how to influence those habits.
- The main ways to impact deer movement are by cutting trails, building mock scraps, digging water holes, planting food plots, and adding cover.
- Cutting trails can help by creating a path of least resistance in areas that are thick and hard to move through.
- Mock scrapes can give deer a focal point to come to and stop at along a trail or in a movement area.
- Water holes help in the same way a mock scrap when used on dry parcels or on high ground.
- Food plots, especially small ones like 1/2 an acre to 1/8 of an acre, can give deer a place to browse on their way to more substantial food supplies. I recommend a perennial crop, something cheap and low maintenance, like clover.
- Adding cover can create bedding areas and give deer more peace of mind for traveling through or eating in an area. One of the worst habitats is open woods in all directions, deer need places to hide.
- Even if you are unable to add any of these habitat improvements, the more you know about them, the better you can read naturally occurring ones and use them to your advantage.