It’s vital to choose the best location for feeding. It would be best to locate a place where you already have a tree stand or plan on using a climbing tree stand. A place with tree cover and natural feeding offerings would be an ideal location. Consider scouting the area with trail cameras to detect what kind of activity is already happening in the area.
If possible, find a place on a major trail or just off the edge of the field. Inside the tree line next to the trail is ideal. The cover of the tree line will make them feel safer to frequent the area more often. Keeping placement consistent is beneficial from year to year. The deer will continue to frequent it because this puts them at ease.
If you are using a deer feeder, be sure to put the feeder out long before the season so that the deer become accustomed to it.
- It’s a good idea to leave the area undisturbed for at least 2-3 weeks to prevent deer from vacating the area.
- Freshen the feed site every month if possible and refresh the salt every few months.
- Deer, like humans, can benefit from eating carrots as well. One of the benefits of eating carrots is that they are rich in vitamin A and minerals that are needed and vital for a healthy body.
- Deer may be afraid of sudden changes in their environment, as they are naturally shy. If you leave a small amount of food out and gradually increase the amount over time, the deer will be more likely to accept it.
- It’s crucial to ensure that feeding wildlife is legal in your area or the area you will be preparing. Some states allow providing feed only at certain times of the year, while others prohibit it. You can find your local laws by checking your local Fish and Wildlife Agency. Laws in some states also dictate or limit how much you are permitted to feed a deer.
- Consider when you are feeding your game that it may bring in other predators and endanger the herd, such as wolves, coyotes and bears. Be careful to know what species of animals are frequently inhabiting the feeding area.
- Do not feed deer kitchen scraps as most of these offerings are not able to be digested and could cause certain illnesses
- Feeding deer is not recommended in areas with a known outbreak of CWD.
Feeding and attracting a deer population can be inexpensive when you consider the different varieties of foods available. Planting ground cover plants, fruit, nuts and seeds can offer a variety of options. It is important to make sure the supplements meet the nutrient needs of the herd with local and naturally available substances. Feeding deer all year can increase the success of your hunting experience without debate. Reach out and collaborate with other sportsmen to benefit the whole community. And as always, may your hunt be productful and your aim be steady.