I am hunting in Eastern Ky. I have been hunting a new farm that’s around 50 acres of hardwoods with a large field on the property line. I have 3 different stand setups but my main set up (anytime the wind is right) is a logging road that filters from the large field into a thick bedding area. Here is my issue. The last 2 years have been exactly the same for me. I have gotten several pictures of mature bucks and tons of deer activity throughout the summer time. I actually had a opportunity with a big mature 9 point out that was unfortunately slightly out of range with my bow in early October (only opportunity last season on this farm).
Both hunting seasons on this farm I have seen deer early in the season and then from the beginning of October until the end of the rut in November it’s like all the deer disappear. I actually sat in multiple stands 13 (I counted) straight times, morning and evening, without seeing 1 single deer. Let alone a mature buck. Keep in mind I never step on this farm without using proper scent control.
The main stand set up I love sitting is in a very clear part of the woods where it receives quite a bit of sunlight throughout the day. I am thinking of ideas to try and keep deer on my piece of property throughout the entire deer season. Or to just increase the number of deer on this farm all together.
I thought about sowing a large concentrated area of turnips in this area. Do you have any other suggestions?
Sounds like you need to take an approach potentially on deer habitat management, thickening some of the habitat up for cover and food. This and maybe mapping out “sanctuaries” to not interrupt deer bedding when hunting could drastically alter what your seeing. In terms of the food plot I would steer away from turnips in the area you describe. From the sounds of it, your only bet in this area might be clover. It can do well in somewhat shaded or on logging roads as you describe this area. It will do great all season long, supplying those bucks protein during the summer, which also orients them to the plot and area, not to mention being a green food source in October and November. If tree’s are overhead, you’ll need to blow the leaves off the plot after the majority fall off of it. You could also really increase the area’s activity with some sort of water source, a community mock scrape, and put a camera, preferably a cell cam high and out of site to minimize the pressure you put on the plot. – Hope this info helps you out, check out our YouTube and Buck Advisors Youtube for more strategy on this, as well as HuntStand’s blog, we have some articles in there that cover these topics well…Weston