Planning for next year to attract and keep deer.
To be considered:
Neighbor has a minimal amount of cattle on my property to help with my ag exemption so take in mind I will either need to fence off or suffer the ravages of cattle destroying/eating the food. Property is 100 + acres, mostly open property, in central Texas (Comanche County) with 2 wooded draws and 3 ponds, rest open. Rolling, approximately 80 open/20 wooded acres, with woods primarily on 2 ravines and surrounding edge of ponds. Ravines spaced up and down the properties.
Surrounding property is mostly open cattle/farmland, 500 +- acres. Sadly, poachers were spotted on my large, cattle neighbor property this year. Other side, small homestead. Other than wild card of poachers, surrounding property receive little to no hunting pressure.
With layout as best described, what is most effective way - cost wise and effective wise - to attract and keep deer to my property.
1. Spin caster? What I have been using. But is wasteful and have to fill often. Most deer have been coming at night and I have put a 2 strand around to protect, but"something" has destroyed my feeders 5 times this year - 2 repairable. "Things" perch on my solar wires and disconnect them, draining batteries. Set on spin for 2x's - morning and afternoon -and I find them malfunctioning 75% of time, spraying once on setting, if at all. Mostly due to crud covering the sensors which require me to clean.
2. Food plot? Neighbor next and across the road have fields but they have to cross woods or roads to get to me. Big concern. Do I need to fence for the cattle? How big of a food plot? I had a property in S. Texas where neighbor had a field for his stock calves and the field was "ON like donkey kong" mostly 15 minutes before sunset. I sat and drooled, hoping one of them hoped the fence from the highlight reel, but my neighbors have crop fields separated by woods or roads.
3. Tube or trough feeders? I can see that they will eat only when there, but what if there is one local or "porky" deer or fat birds that take advantage? Boom or bust? Never used. Dont know cost in relations to #1. This one is primary reason for question.
Thank you for your feedback. Didn't score on 2017, but there are some good ones... one that did not jump fence! AR county, did have one in daylight but didn't pull trigger because wasnt certain! Lots of nightime activity on camera.
If it matters, I am about 230 miles away - Houston area, and could go out every other weekend, for consideration. Minimal cattle will be there for 2018 for AG exemption.
Thank you all, and hopes to Happy and Successful 2018 for you all!
Edited by joey1968 (01/13/18 07:16 PM)