As the hunting season approaches, many of us hunters will look to hunt Deer. This tends to be due to the highly nutritional value of Venison. Therefore, many hunters will have various Deer Baiting Tips. Through this article, I will explain the best tips I have come across whilst hunting deer. Good luck and go get that late season buck!
Observe and Locate
The first step to baiting your deer is to locate the herd. Invest time into observing the location of various herds of deer, by setting up tracking equipment, that way at least you can locate where the deer is coming from. This will also illustrate the need for having a good route to stand.
Furthermore, I would try and locate the deer’s food source. As you locate the deer’s food source throughout the seasons, you will have to determine which areas they are located, this will evidently help you track and hunt easier. However, you must remember that in some states, hunting near bedding areas is illegal. However, locating these areas, will help you avoid breaking your state laws.
Baiting Your Deer
When the time is right for you, bait your deer in the hunting area that you have located. Make sure that this area is mainly used by the deer and other species such as hogs are not over occupying the area, as their scent will become a barrier which will prevent you from catching your prey.
Furthermore, make sure that you don’t just ‘dump’ all your bait in one area, as the bait could spoil if it isn’t eaten straight away and it could also create alarm bells for a mature buck, letting his instincts kick in and tell him to be wary of that specific area.Baiting should be done in proportions, placing a small amount of bait in an area once every 2 days.
Make sure that when you baiting the area, cover the area you have chosen, covering around 5-10 yards wide and around 20 yards long. The baiting should also be done during the daytime to avoid disturbing any deer. The reason for covering an area like this is to make sure that you attract as many deer as possible.
If there is only a small amount of bait in a small amount of area coverage, you could possibly attract more deer, however, it will cause the deer to compete for the bait and this could cause you to lose your prey. Therefore, make sure you are covering a larger amount of area, this will encourage more deer to that, allowing you to hunt more. However, you must remember when leaving bait and the area, make sure that you don’t leave any of your scent behind.
Remember the best time to refill your bait is in the rain. This is because, the rain will prevent deer from coming up to your bait site and becoming wary of the site. It will also help mask your scent, meaning that your site will continue to attract more prey.
Don’t use Corn in the Winter
Try to avoid using corn as bait and similar sugar crops in the winter months. This is because the deer’s digestive system changes during winter months, due to the change in their diets, during the winter. Due to the change in the deer’s diet, if the deer starts grazing on a crop, they haven’t grazed on for a while, all of a sudden, their stomachs will find it hard to digest and this could cause swelling and even death.
Even though, it may be difficult when avoiding feeding deer these crops during the winter months, try opting for alternative bait sources. Examples of alternative sources include molasses or peanut butter. You may also opt for best deer scent based bait.
You can either buy a bulk feed or a pre-made attractant from your local store. However, you may have to consider the cost of either of these. Buying in bulk is a lot cheaper than buying pre-made attractants. You will need to decide which one is the best one for you. Once you have made that decision, there are a few types of seeds/foods that you should consider.
Many store-bought attractants have apple inspired baits. Therefore, you may want to consider, if you are hunting and if there is an apple tree nearby. If there is, you could save a lot of money by going directly to the landowner (if there is one), and purchasing directly from them. Other attractants include salt block, chestnuts, acorns and sugar beets.
Deer especially appreciate the salt blocks, and these can be bought a cheap rate and do last longer than other bait types. Whatever you decide, you will want to look up on your state laws on baiting. If you have any questions regarding the laws in your area, look up your local game warden for advice.
When you have finished the season of hunting and the baiting is over, make sure that you clean up after yourselves. Take any of your equipment with you and all the rubbish you may have such as plastic bags. Furthermore, try and rotate baiting sites year to year, especially if you don’t own the land. You should also look up the regulations of hunting in the area, such as how to bring a deer down.
Some states and areas do not condone shooting a deer whilst it’s at a baiting site and say that you should shoot when it’s on its way to or from the baiting site, on the game trail. When you are baiting make sure that you stay responsible for that area.
Responsibility of the areas you use include using methods that will evidently prevent the spread of disease or at least minimize the risks that may occur. Make sure that whilst hunting, you are hunting ethically. If you are in any doubt about laws and regulations regarding hunting in your local areas, ask your local game warden for advice or look to the QDMA protocols.
I hope that reading this has helped guide you in the best direction regarding baiting techniques and I hope that you enjoy your time in the woods.