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Manage Deer to Have More Day 2: Keep Deer at Home

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Editor’s Note: “A 60-acre lease can provide all the land you and your friends need to bowhunt or gun hunt successfully – if the lease is the right 60 acres,” says Jim Crumley of Buchanan, Virginia, founder of Trebark camouflage. “If plenty of deer are passing through the property, and if you can shoot accurately for at least 20 yards in every direction, then all the land you need to take white-tailed deer consistently is about 40-square yards.” The rest of the week we’ll learn tactics to use to micro-manage deer successfully.

According to Dr. Grant Woods of Reeds Spring, Missouri, one of the nation’s leading deer nutritionists and wildlife researchers, “The best way to micro-manage your deer is to teach your deer to stay at home.”

“You don’t want the deer on your land to play Columbus and go discover new worlds.”

“To keep the deer happy on the land you manage, provide plenty of nutritious, high-quality food year-round, and give the deer places of refuge and sanctuary.”

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Dr. Grant Woods

Woods says that hunters may supply all the cover deer need by leaving thickets alone and/or planting thick-cover crops and naturally-occurring plants. But, if hunters constantly walk through the cover, the deer will leave the property. Woods describes a refuge area as a safe place where deer can hold without coming into contact with humans.

“Creating a deer sanctuary means not only physically staying out of that region, but keeping human scent out of it as well. You must orient the refuge area, so you don’t pollute it with human odor as you travel back and forth on your property.”

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The two-most-common characteristics of managing deer include providing dense, short, vegetative growth and abrupt changes in topography.

“One of the best sanctuaries for deer that also has eye appeal is a 30-acre native-grass field,” Dr. Woods remarks.

“This type of refuge requires limited management once you get it started, and deer love to bed in the native grasses.” Planting and establishing a natural-grass field requires about 3 years. To determine which native grasses will produce best in your section of the country, contact the National Conservation Resource Service or your county agent.”

You can create another type of refuge after cutting timber from an area. For the first 3 to 5 years, these fields will fill with native grasses and pine trees. Once the pine plantation has matured, the deer still will use these clear-cuts as sanctuaries.

“The more centrally-located your sanctuary is on your lease, the better you can hold deer on that land,” Dr. Woods emphasizes.

“You want your deer sanctuary to be danger-free. Then any time a deer is spooked on another property, it will move to your land. If the sanctuary is on your property rather than on your neighbor’s land, then there’s a good chance the deer will run onto your property instead of off of it.”

Equipment You’ll Love for Deer Hunting: Thermal Camera Drones

If you’re scouting for your next big buck, these drones available on Amazon can help you line one up in your sights!

Prices vary and so do the features. Be sure to familiarize yourself with drone operation rules in your area before using. Enjoy!

Advice from Pros You Know: More Resources on Deer Hunting

To learn more about deer hunting, see John E. Phillips’s book, “How to Hunt and Take Big Buck Deer on Small Properties,” available in Kindle, print and Audible versions.

Check out John’s book, “How to Hunt Deer Like a Pro,” available in Kindle, print, and Audible versions.

Since deer hunting and deer hunters are drastically changing each year, John interviewed some top deer hunters like Mark Drury, Dr. Larry Marchinton, Dr. Bob Sheppard, Pat Reeve, Gene Wensel, Cody Robbins, Ernie Calandrelli, Brian Murphy and Luke Brewster, who took the world’s largest whitetail, to learn their up-to-date techniques for successfully hunting deer and having more places to hunt.

Too, check out John’s book, “Bowhunting Deer: the Secrets of the PSE Pros,” available now in Kindle, print, and Audible versions.

To see all of John E. Phillips’ books on hunting and fishing, visit

Tomorrow: Pick the Best Spots to Hunt Deer

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