Whether you’re a new bowhunter looking for your first hunting location or a seasoned pro looking to change it up, finding your fall hunting spot during the summer is the way to go. Finding the property now will give you time to scout and monitor the land, build bedding areas and clear shooting lanes, as well as establish your relationship with a potential landowner.
If you hunt the same area for too long, deer will begin to get wise and seek shelter elsewhere. You need to change up your hunting location when you see the deer activity decrease. This break will give the deer time to re-populate the area and the location will be ready to hunt again in the future. Don’t become discouraged by having to find a new property. Think of it as another adventure with new potential.
Finding new hunting property during the summer gives you enough time to form a relationship with the landowner before hunting season. We understand that asking someone for permission to hunt their property can seem intimidating, but doing it now while you have time to get to know the person is the best way to go. That way, it’s not all happening too fast. The homeowner will want to feel comfortable with you and you want to be able to trust them in return.
When you are ready to go up to the landowner’s door to ask for hunting permission, make sure you are prepared. Have a card ready with your name and contact information on it. Have your hunting license available and prove that you have taken a hunting safety course and know how to keep yourself and others safe. If the homeowner is not a hunter themselves, you may need to explain the process. Set up a time to meet and discuss your hunting routine. Explain whether you’re going to be using the meat yourself, or donating it. Make sure you are both on the same page and set a schedule of approved hunting times. The homeowner may only allow you to hunt the property when they are able to be there. Be understanding and flexible to their needs. Offer to provide the landowner with hunting lessons or a certain amount of venison per season.
Once you find potential land, set up your trail cameras to begin monitoring. Keeping track of your herd will let you know the buck to doe ratio you’ll be dealing with and the potential size of the deer. If there’s a particular deer you’re keeping an eye on, you’ll be able to track how it’s growing and what its habits are. If you see that your herd is not growing, you’ll still have time to adjust their food intake before hunting season by putting out more feed or planting a new type of crop. When hunting on private property, make sure you ask the landowner permission before setting up cameras. Since it is their property, they should know where the cameras are at all times.
Selecting your hunting property during the summer is a great way to go into the fall hunting season prepared. Finding your property early will allow you to shed hunt, monitor deer behavior, and get to know the owner of the land you may be hunting on. Though you may not be able to actively hunt, there are plenty of benefits to scouting your property now.
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