You don’t need a huge tract of land to score big bucks.
More and more people are moving away from hunting large land areas and choosing to hunt a small parcel instead. There can be many reasons as to why this is.
Moving away from pressured public land, cheaper leases, or just the lack of large properties available. Just because the land is small doesn’t mean the bucks can’t be big.
Use these five management tips to help grow a trophy on your small parcel.
1. Hunt Where There Are Deer
Unfortunately this can take some trial and error, but don’t waste time hunting a spot that looks productive but isn’t. If you are looking for a lease, put a camera up first and verify that the deer are moving through it during daylight.
In my case I have purchased 21 acres, however the deer do not move through all of it during the daylight hours. Luckily for you deer are very adaptable, and with the changing in hunting pressure you may find yourself in a productive spot.
Of course, the productive spot could shift on your property with pressure, too.
2. Use a Climber
A climbing treestand can help your chances exponentially. Deer will pick up on a stand on a small parcel in short order. This will lead them to travel further away from it.
Using a climber (or moving your stands if you don’t have a climber) will keep the bucks from patterning you.
Obvious right? If deer are just traveling through, make a food plot to keep them on your land and have them coming back.
If you bought the property or are planning on hunting it long term, invest in the long term. Plant oak trees or apple trees, it will take longer to bring in the deer. But that is what the food plots are for.
4. Shoot Does
A balanced deer herd is the key to success. A doe will push a smaller buck off of the property, by taking one you increase the chances that a young buck will grow up in your backyard.
This also ensures there are enough resources (food, bedding, cover) for a diverse herd.
5. Bedding and Cover
Give the deer a place to nap and relax if one is not already present. This can be done easily. Hinge trees or plant tall grasses. If you don’t want the grass make your food plot a corn plot. The stalks provide cover and food.
Most importantly, stay out of this cover. You want the deer to feel safe.
I have personally used these tips and can say they work. Hopefully they bring you success as well. Most of these are cheap and easy to do. In fact, the hardest thing about maintaining your small property will be not over-hunting it.