Deer Ann.

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by straightshooter, Oct 1, 2014.

  1. straightshooter

    straightshooter Well-Known Member

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    Okay so I really don't expect Dear Ann to answer.
    I was wondering what would be good way to attract deer onto my 2 acres which is pretty much all cleared except for the border fencing. I know there are deer around and I have even seen an occasional deer on my land. I believe I have seen the grass, aka weeds, flattened where I believe they laid down at.
    I have maybe half a bag of corn which usually when I throw it in the yard the birds get it fairly quick.
    I also have some friends that own 5 acres which is mostly thicket except for maybe 1 acre that's cleared. I know they have deer and feral hogs and I wonder same thing about that place. I would like using my 336 30-30 to take a hog or deer out there.
     
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  2. Gumpy

    Gumpy AKA Richard Prestage

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    The best way I can think of in your situation is to make a salt lick.
     

  3. SWO1

    SWO1 Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    Deer like to have an escape route. Meaning cover close by. Is there any bordering your property ? If so a salt or mineral lick is a good idea, as Gumpy said. Place it just on the fence line near the cover. Look for game trails close by If you have access to neighboring property. Around here the deer prefer to stay in wooded areas if the food supply is sufficient.
     
  4. straightshooter

    straightshooter Well-Known Member

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    Not much woods around me, mostly homes on 2 acre lots and 100+ acres farm land on one side of me that does grow corn. I guess I could put up a deer crossing sign to attract them.
    I do get many Geese and Sandhill Cranes landing in the farm land beside me. I guess the deer go there also looking for left over corn.
    I think I will try the salt lick for the friends property. Their property is heavily wooded thicket all around the clearing. I just need figure out when to be there and where. Maybe I could camouflage a tent for a blind. Maybe I should get a camera to see when they are going to the lick.
    LOL maybe I don't know squat and I am hardly a young'un anymore. I would like some venison and ham in the freezer though. Would be nice to say my buying a 30-30 wasn't a waste of money.
     
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  5. greyhawk50

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    My son gathers up fallen apples and puts them out. Any 5-6 at a time and he cuts them in half so the scent drifts better. The idea is not to feed the deer but to have them check to see if anymore snacks have mystically showed up. This is his routine for several weeks prior to and into the start of the season. He tosses them in from a distance so as to not leave human scent in the immediate area where they feed.
    He has tried several store bought grain attractants but most of that stuff gets eaten by the racoons and turkeys.
     
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  6. 28Shooter

    28Shooter Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    Grey beat me to the punch. Apples always seem to draw them in.
     
  7. straightshooter

    straightshooter Well-Known Member

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    I bought a trail cam so I guess I will get a mineral lick and some apples. I heard there are a bunch of rotten apples in a place called Washington DC. For some reason they are well guarded though.
     
  8. 28Shooter

    28Shooter Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    You heard right! I live about 30 miles from DC and when the wind is right, the air just reeks with the smell of rotten apples and horse feces.