Having a hard time figuring out what you should do on your deer hunting property to prepare for fall? These three things just might help.
With summer closing in quickly, it will be here before we know it. There's a lot of work that goes into deer season preparation such as scouting, hanging stands, running trail cameras, etc. But what can you do to increase the productivity of your property?
1. Plant a screen for your food plot
When we think of habitat improvement, usually the first thing that comes to mind is planting food plots. Planting food plots is usually a good first step. Except there is many times where accessing that food plot can be difficult for a variety of reasons. A big one is that it can be tough to access, or more commonly it can be extremely tough to get out of your stand at night without busting deer out of the field. This is where planting a food plot screen can come in handy.
Planting a screen for your food plot, such as plot screen from frigid forage (pictured above) or Egyptian Wheat can increase the value of your food plot in multiple ways. Not only can it shield you while walking in and out of your deer stand, it can make deer more comfortable to feed in the daylight. They can feel more secluded and safe. The more security a deer feels, the more apt they are to move in the daylight. Planting a food plot screen this year for your food plot could really make your property more productive come fall.
2. Create a better bedding area
One thing that is often overlooked when trying to maximize a deer hunting property is adequate bedding cover. Having good bedding cover will help hold deer on your property. One thing that you can do to increase your bedding cover quickly is to hinge cut.
Hinge cutting offers a multitude of advantages. It creates thick areas for deer to bed in and it opens up the canopy to get new undergrowth. Doing this in different spots on your property over the years will end up with you being able to hold more deer on your property.
3. Establish a known sanctuary
Creating a sanctuary can mean a variety of things. When I say establish a known sanctuary, I mean pick a part of your hunting property that you will never touch. No exceptions, no just taking a quick walk through to see if there is sign, or to have a trail camera in there. This summer, find a spot on your property, it doesn't matter if your property is 1,000 acres, or 40 acres. Pick an area you are going to leave alone. That means no hunter intrusion, no scent, nothing. What this does, is it creates an area deer will feel safe. Survival is the number one deer motivator. Survival comes before anything else, and having a sanctuary will provide an area deer will want to use.
This will help you hold bucks that maybe you don't want to shoot, but you don't want other people shooting either. What it will also do, is when there is a lot of deer hunting pressure around you, deer will move to where they feel safe, which will be on your property. You then can plan your hunting attack around that. Having that sanctuary in the middle of your property will be more beneficial, because it will pull deer further into your property, and you can hunt all sides of it. There is a lot that goes into establishing a sanctuary, but being disciplined will be the most important part of it.
So when thinking of what you can do on your property to increase your chances of success this fall, put these three things into consideration. They may just pay big dividends.