Manipulating I the Landscape for Hunting Success
have an outfitter friend who hunts the farmland fringe in north-central Alberta. Much of the area is devoted to big blocks of bush that are interspersed with alfalfa and oats fields. My friend, Ron, doesnâ€™t take bowhunters, but he will let me hunt with him during the early season because of our friendship. I was hunting with Ron a few years back when we hatched the ultimate scheme for shooting a whopper buck in that big country with a bow.
It struck us that putting in a quarter-mile of plastic construction fence â€“ half on each side of a 40 yard-wideopening, to create a tapered funnel, would greatly improve our odds on deer that traditionally, more or less, moved randomly through the big timber. We never did it, mostly because we decided that it was not really all that sporting, though perfectly legal. Taken to the extreme, that is the gist of this article. I am going to offer a few thoughts on ways you can change your hunting area to make the bucks living there easier to hunt. But, rest assured, I will stop short of suggesting something that takes the sport out of the hunt.
By By Bill Bill Winke Winke
PLANTING SCREEN Planting screens is one of the best things you can do for your hunting land. The purpose of these screens is not to keep people from seeing the deer, but to keep the deer from seeing the people. In other words, plant something that you can sneak behind when going to and from your tree stands. I have a friend who hunts a piece of ground in Maryland where the deer numbers are very high. One of his favorite stands is in the corner of a remote field that he plants in a food plot. However, because of the deer numbers and the remote nature of the field, there are usually deer out when he approaches the field. Rather than blow the deer out each time he hunts the spot, Jim has begun planting 12 rows of tall forage sorghum around the outer edge of the field each year. Inside this 10-foot-tall screen, he then plants his clover and other food plot species. When approaching the stand, Jim sneaks in right along the tree line and uses the sorghum to hide from the deer. Sometimes the food plot is empty so then he uses the
Narrow food plots tend to be more effective than circular fields. Position fields to take advantage of prevailing wind patterns.
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