My fiancé and I recently purchased 36 acres in Bandera county. The location we're in has a LOT of competition, everyone hunts here, so I wanted to get the jump on a very nice 8 point that had been showing up on our camera. He had been coming at perfect hours... 7-8 AM and 6-7 PM. Our blind is roughly 80 yards from the feeder so we placed a pop up about 30 yards from it in order for me to get a bow shot on him. Unfortunately, he took one look at that thing and disappeared. It occurred to me, why not just corn closer to the regular blind?! So we took the pop up down after about a week of no show. Sure enough, he started coming back... only now it is at 1 -3 AM ish. The pop up has been down since almost the start of bow season and he hasn't come back in daylight hours since. So my question is, did I completely screw myself over? Now that rifle season is here everyone and their mamma is throwing corn (I hear 2 or 3 other people's feeders kick off while in my blind, when before I heard one.) So that compounds the issue that there are more feeders available to him.
Any ideas how I can push him into returning during shooting hours? I'm considering upping the value of the feed (golden nuggets and alfalfa) and maybe running my UTV up there around midnight to discourage him coming at those times. Bad idea, good idea, any ideas?
thanks very much in advance.
PS, sorry if this is in the wrong spot. First poster here.