Hunting properties can come in many sizes and styles, and they can all be improved for hunting big deer.
of the most obvious ways to improve a property for hunting is to add to
the quantity and quality of food available by creating and maintaining
. There is some information on food plots on my "Hunting Land" webpage.
Another way to add food is to add
. Deer love apples and pears. Some things you should know about apples and pears are:
-Crab apples are just as enjoyed by deer.
-Dwarf and semi-dwarf trees take less time to grow to fruit bearing maturity.
you want to grow fruit from your trees, then you'll need to plant more
than one type of tree, so that they can cross pollinate. (examples:
plant two honey-crisps and a pair of johnny come latelys near each
-When selecting the types of trees look for trees that
produce fruit at varying times of the year. A tree that produces fruit
in august adds value to your hunting properties but won't help your
hunting in September or October.
Another way to improve any hunting properties is to create water
sources. Creating water sources in dry regions is better than creating
food because water in dry regions is scarcer than food. This
Wisconsin Lake and Pond
company has good information, and hiring a company to build your water
sources is a good idea since you'll most likely need to hire at least an
excavator anyway, and hiring experts to create ponds will likely
lengthen the time that the pond holds water.
If one of your land
already has a ditch holding water, or is very low, then in order to
create a pond all you may want to do is hire an excavator to widen the
ditch or to dig a hole that will hold water naturally.
If you create a pond consider if you want to hunt ducks there too.
of the most important ways to improve your land for hunting big deer is
to leave a section of the property alone. A deer sanctuary where the
deer feel safe and never smell, hear or see people is where the biggest
bucks will go if they feel that they are in danger. And if that
sanctuary is on your property, then you know that the biggest bucks will
live near where you hunt. If you do not have a sanctuary the biggest
bucks will travel elsewhere to feel safe.
Having a deer sanctuary
doesn't mean you'll only hunt there once a year, it means you'll only
ever enter if you wound a deer and it runs in. Once you enter the bucks
will move out.
One more thing that you can do to improve your
hunting properties is to cut down trees.
Trees that are more than 20 or
30 feet tall do not provide anything of value for deer, other than a
few acorns. Deer eat fruits, and nuts, and leaves, and browse. Large
trees are none of those, nor are they cover. But if you cut down big
trees, sprouts will grow and small trees will grow. All of the fresh
growth is the browse that deer like to eat. But, be sure to leave a few
big trees for stands and cover for the stands, Ideally you best acorn