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#6101710 - 12/25/15 05:23 PM What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of
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Registered: 02/20/12
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Loc: Flower Mound, TX
daytime shooting hours deer traffic onto my smaller property (70 acres) in SW Young county. I'm on year 8 and have gone from unpenned to penned feeders, spincasting just corn to corn with protein back to corn and now with a dedicated gravity protein feeder in the middle of the place. On year 3 of a 2 acre food plot with 10-12" oats/turnips/beans/clover mix. Properties to the north and south lightly to moderately hunted are multi-hundred to thousand acreage properties with western and eastern properties being smaller, hundreds acreage properties also lightly-moderately hunted. My property has a tank that has yet to go dry in my 8 years out there and moderate brush with some more open pasture in the middle. Do have 2 pumpjacks going 24x7 for the past 5-6 years. Just getting tired of seeing abundant nice bucks/does in the evenings on game cameras and feel I should be seeing more of those during hunting hours. My best hunting results have predominantly been while rattling/grunting during the rut. What additional or different things does the forum think I could do to enhance the daytime deer sightings? Thanks.

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#6101716 - 12/25/15 05:30 PM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: DQ Kid]
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IMO, you have "overdone" it. With feeders, foodplots and a tank, you have too many options and cannot be everywhere at once. Try to run feeders ONLY for a season.

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#6101729 - 12/25/15 05:45 PM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: DH3]
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Originally Posted By: DH3
IMO, you have "overdone" it. With feeders, foodplots and a tank, you have too many options and cannot be everywhere at once. Try to run feeders ONLY for a season.


Interesting take on it, in my interest to provide more options/enhancements, I may actually be doing myself a disservice. That is definitely a theory I'll consider, what else?

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#6101737 - 12/25/15 05:54 PM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: DQ Kid]
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Sometimes things are just the way they are. Sometimes changing things to try to make therm better just make them worse. The season is just about over and you never know how they will pattern next year.
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#6101778 - 12/25/15 06:26 PM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: DQ Kid]
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How much are you there durring the day? Is this based of hunting or mainly game cam info? You live here or just a lease or weekend place?you have to drive through most the place to get to camp? What do you take to the stand? ATV? Sounds like your being patterned.. And is an easy thing for deer to do on a 70acre place.
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#6101785 - 12/25/15 06:32 PM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: DQ Kid]
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Originally Posted By: DQ Kid
Originally Posted By: DH3
IMO, you have "overdone" it. With feeders, foodplots and a tank, you have too many options and cannot be everywhere at once. Try to run feeders ONLY for a season.


Interesting take on it, in my interest to provide more options/enhancements, I may actually be doing myself a disservice. That is definitely a theory I'll consider, what else?
I might suggest the opposite. Try having a plot with no feeders. Sometimes those mature bucks will steer clear of the feeders more so than a plot.
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#6101808 - 12/25/15 06:42 PM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: DQ Kid]
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You have to raise deer under you feeding plan. I would also put one really big feed pen with the protein feeder and one really big feed pen with a corn feeder in a easily access hunting location. I would put those both in an area that would leave my best bedding/sanctuary cover untouched. I would never go into that bedding area. In order to see deer in the daylight they have to live within easy travel time from that feed location.
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#6101817 - 12/25/15 06:48 PM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: DQ Kid]
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Sounds like a busy, busy place just saying. I would not stop year round feeding but might eliminate the protein.

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#6101836 - 12/25/15 07:05 PM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: Wilhunt]
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Originally Posted By: wilhunt
Sounds like a busy, busy place just saying. I would not stop year round feeding but might eliminate the protein.


Actually, I would say not so much. I'm out there about every other or 3rd weekend and neighbors maybe once every week on the weekend. So not thinking that's the problem.

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#6102016 - 12/25/15 09:06 PM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: DQ Kid]
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What do the neighbors offer? 70 acres will not support a whole bunch of deer continuously. You may have a core group that feeds and beds there but I'm pretty sure that your deer don't stay on that 70 acres 24/7. They roam. Their basic area might another 570 acres around your place. Having water is a good thing, they need it if you're feeding protein.

Outside of that what stxranchman said.
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#6102041 - 12/25/15 09:27 PM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: deerfeeder]
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Originally Posted By: deerfeeder
What do the neighbors offer? 70 acres will not support a whole bunch of deer continuously. You may have a core group that feeds and beds there but I'm pretty sure that your deer don't stay on that 70 acres 24/7. They roam. Their basic area might another 570 acres around your place. Having water is a good thing, they need it if you're feeding protein.

Outside of that what stxranchman said.


I definitely get that 70 acres won't hold many if any deer full time, just wanting to see if any secret tricks to get them to intersect the property more regularly during shooting hours. Been doing this thing called hunting a long time, nearly 40 years down in South Texas but much less of being a landowner and smaller one at that. Just wondering what others with smaller properties are doing to get the most out of their situations. As for the surrounding areas, believe they are simply utilizing spincast feeders, corn. Not any other foodplots close to me that I'm aware of.

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#6102047 - 12/25/15 09:33 PM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: DQ Kid]
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Compliment her. (Just read the title only.)
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#6102049 - 12/25/15 09:34 PM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: Creekrunner]
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Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
Compliment her. (Just read the title only.)


Yeah, try to draw you in, lol....Seriously, have any suggestions Creek?

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#6102207 - 12/26/15 05:43 AM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: DQ Kid]
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You may consider enhancing your cover. You can hinge cut smaller trees and plant some type of tall, thick, perennial grass like switchgrass. Do it in an area you can keep off limits as a sanctuary. If they are bedding on your property, you're more likely to catch them during the day.
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#6102579 - 12/26/15 11:45 AM Re: What Can I do to Enhance the Amount of [Re: DQ Kid]
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Loc: Parker County
DQ, is your camp on the property? Do you walk in to hunt? Limit noise and vehicle activity as much as possible. Might try keeping free choice protein year round.
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