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January 18, 2014 at 12:27 pm #11866
deer season is now over with here but thinking about next year already. when is the best time to starting putting corn piles out or using a mechanical feeder? our bow season opens in mid september here in maryland. gotta figure a way to get the deer closer. 80 yard shots with a crossbow are alittle out of my range.January 24, 2014 at 10:07 am #12056
First, I’d plant food plots for both spring/summer and fall/winter. I always begin my corn piles at least two weeks prior to our opening day here in SC’s low country (Aug. 15th). I keep my trail cameras out all year ’round and try to keep the food plots planted with something that will be green at all times. This is how I know what I have in the herd, and can determine which does are past their prime for breeding and can identify them when I can start shooting does on September 15th. It also helps me keep tabs on what bucks survived from one season to the next, as well as how much they’ve developed so that I can determine cull bucks and the ones that make the hit list. Since no one near me plants food plots, I know which deer are making the rounds on a regular basis and can pretty much predict their travel patterns and when and where I’ll get the best opportunity at killing them.
If all you want to do is put out corn, then I’d still suggest a minimum of two weeks prior to your season opener……….and I’d definitely suggest hanging a trail camera over the bait pile in order to determine exactly what’s coming to the corn.
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This is what I do. muzzle loader season starts the Monday after Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving day I will put out 2-3 trailers of sweet potatoes. These are the black trailers you buy at Lowes to pull behind your ATV or lawn tractor. I guess they measure 3′ x 4′. I will hunt the following Monday and Tuesday. I will have deer on them. I bring in a mashetti and chop some up to get the smell out. Here in N.J. if you have a pick up, you can get a bin of sweet potatoes for $55.00.(30 bushels)
I repeat this process on Sundays either one or two loads. I know where the deer bed and watch the wind direction. If the wind does not blow the smell towards them they will not know it is there. Every time you go in to hunt or bait it hurts you. I would not bait any earlier than a week, corn or what ever. If I use corn I will spread it around a much as possible, make it harder for them to eat it all.
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