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#6726799 - 04/05/17 09:10 PM Hand corning spooking deer
Jemack Offline
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Registered: 10/25/15
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My hunting spot is set up with a stand and 2 feeders with shooting lanes in different directions. I always hear of it being beneficial to throw out corn away from your feeder to get the deer that won't come to the feeder. If I ride down my shooting lanes before a hunt with a tailgate feeder would that spook the deer? I also hear how some people like to walk to their stands silently from far away when they go hunt. Does the benefit of hand corning outweigh not being stealthy and keeping your noise/scent out of there? Thanks.

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#6726808 - 04/05/17 09:16 PM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: Jemack]
RockinU Offline
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Registered: 11/30/09
Posts: 793
Loc: Bryan Texas
Do it the night before.

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#6726820 - 04/05/17 09:24 PM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: Jemack]
Txhuntr2 Offline
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Registered: 02/19/12
Posts: 453
Loc: Houston and Val Verde
I've considered getting a road feeder bc I either have to drive very close to a couple of my stands or park and walk a very long way. Neither is ideal. I hunted with a guy in San Saba who started using one every time he went to his stand. He said the deer quickly learned to come to the corn and we're often eating happily by the time he parked and was climbing the ladder. I've also been told that it makes deer fear a vehicle less if they associate them with food.

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#6726840 - 04/05/17 09:42 PM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: RockinU]
JJH Offline
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Registered: 10/03/06
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Loc: Katy
Originally Posted By: RockinU
Do it the night before.


in many areas the hogs would have it gone long before morning!

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#6726868 - 04/05/17 10:03 PM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: Jemack]
ScottA Offline
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Registered: 05/07/07
Posts: 108
Loc: RGV
Originally Posted By: Jemack
My hunting spot is set up with a stand and 2 feeders with shooting lanes in different directions. I always hear of it being beneficial to throw out corn away from your feeder to get the deer that won't come to the feeder. If I ride down my shooting lanes before a hunt with a tailgate feeder would that spook the deer? I also hear how some people like to walk to their stands silently from far away when they go hunt. Does the benefit of hand corning outweigh not being stealthy and keeping your noise/scent out of there? Thanks.


I have debated this same thing many times. My educated guess: you'll see more deer if you corn the shooting lanes with your truck. But I'm convinced mature deer have figured out that a truck means a hunter will soon follow. So for hunting mature deer, I believe the best bet is to sneak to the blind and hunt over a feeder that has been up and going for a while.
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#6726871 - 04/05/17 10:06 PM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: JJH]
RockinU Offline
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Registered: 11/30/09
Posts: 793
Loc: Bryan Texas
Originally Posted By: JJH
Originally Posted By: RockinU
Do it the night before.


in many areas the hogs would have it gone long before morning!


Only use deer corn! Duh...

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#6726873 - 04/05/17 10:07 PM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: Jemack]
Leonardo Offline
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Registered: 01/03/08
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Loc: Wise County
Throwing by hand for years and never had an issue shooting mature deer. Went to the road feeder this year and had even better results. Saw more deer and more bucks.

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#6726877 - 04/05/17 10:13 PM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: Jemack]
RockinU Offline
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Registered: 11/30/09
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Loc: Bryan Texas
It also is very locally dependent. I've hunted areas where someone could come through checking wells and the deer would ease into the brush, then be back out before the dust settled, and other places where a truck could drive down a neighbor's road and the deer would run until they were out of sight.

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#6726880 - 04/05/17 10:17 PM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: Jemack]
maximum Offline
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Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 1693
i hand corn because of some of the neighbors that watch me come
and go and hunt my place as soon as i leave. i have a cheap daypack
and put about 15 pounds of corn in big bags or in canisters (like
oatmeal comes in) and walk down in the dark and corn my way up from
the treeline up to my blind, then get put and stay put and still
and quiet. the deer in the region get road hunted and atv hunted and
night hunted so they're fairly wary and you have to be still and quiet.
i never drive down during any of the seasons unless there's a dead
deer to be brought up to the house.

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#6726882 - 04/05/17 10:18 PM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: Jemack]
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Registered: 07/17/06
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
It depends on their getting used to a vehicle. We can drive the pasture in out pickup, and rarely see a deer, but I can ride along with the guy that rents the pasture for grazing, and we will see a deer almost every time, but drive his wife' pickup, and not see a deer, They are used to his pickup and do not associate with any dangers.

Same will go for a 4 wheeler, if they see it often and nothing happens, then they won't scatter as fast. But change 4 wheelers in mid season, and the same may not be true.
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#6726931 - 04/06/17 04:58 AM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: Jemack]
Dave Davidson Offline
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Registered: 06/24/06
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Loc: Hurst, Tx
It worked for us last season. The deer and hogs figured out that feeders can be dangerous. So we corned some places on the road and added rice bran. Two big bucks and some hogs were taken that had avoided feeders during the daytime.
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#6726936 - 04/06/17 05:31 AM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: Jemack]
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Registered: 10/05/15
Posts: 547
Loc: Texas
popcorn
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#6727011 - 04/06/17 07:24 AM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: Jemack]
don k Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
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Loc: Bandera, Tx
If you do it enough and ways the same they will meet you in the road for their treat.
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#6727032 - 04/06/17 07:43 AM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: Jemack]
rickym Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 5429
Loc: texas
I would remove one of your feeders and hand corn that shooting lane as often as you can. Hand corning a lane that has a feeder on it 50 yards away may not be as beneficial as you think
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#6727070 - 04/06/17 07:59 AM Re: Hand corning spooking deer [Re: Jemack]
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Registered: 12/29/14
Posts: 3718
Loc: Conroe, TX
I did a three year survey on a 700 acre heavily pressured East Texas piece of property and the results were 100%: They did not like feeders and did not come to them during daytime hours.

Exactly 6 times in three years did I get a daytime picture of a deer NEAR the feeder (only one of the deer were actually eating at the feeder)

Hand corning the exact same spots resulted in 6 months of EVERY morning and most evenings deer activity.

The same unspooked feeding was seen after stringing up a bucket feeder roughly 15 foot in a tree.

Every property is different, but those results are undeniable in my situation



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