Deer are very instinctual creatures; They know what foods to eat to stay healthy, they can sense danger, and they let their surroundings tell them where to go. Their connection with nature encompasses every part of the terrain, including trees. It’s important to know what kind of trees are on your property, because they can lead you to a deer hunting hot spot. Review our tips below to learn why you should assess the trees on your property and how it can help you set up your Stump blinds and Wild Water® Troughs this fall.
Identify Trees for Bedding Areas and Food Sources
Deer gravitate to different types of trees for nutrition and shelter, so knowing the difference between them will help you determine where to place your Banks Outdoor products. For example, aspens and red cedars provide thick, dense cover so they will draw in deer by providing bedding areas. Oak, apple, and persimmon are popular tree species for deer to use as a food source. Deer love to feed on the acorns from oak trees and because oak trees drop acorns fairly consistently, deer rely on the stability. Apple trees and persimmons drop fruit less frequently, so therefore they’re very desirable to deer when they find them.
If you can identify these trees on your property, then you’ll know where to place your Stump 3 ‘Vision Series’ blind and your Wild Water® Trough. Set up your Stump blind between the trees that will provide a bedding area and the trees that provide a food source. This will position you between the two hot spots so you can catch the deer in the open area as they make their morning and evening trips. You don’t want to be too close to either area, because you’ll alarm the deer. Set yourself in the middle so that they don’t associate hunting with either the bedding area or food plot.
Set up your water system, like the Wild Water® 300, near a tree that provides a food source. Deer love convenience, so they will gravitate to any area that offers them a two-for-one deal. They won’t have to leave your property to find a water source, so they will be more likely to set up the bedding area and stay nearby.
Choose the Food Source You Don’t Already Have
Knowing what trees you have on your property will help you identify what kind of fruit, browse, or other food source the trees will be providing the deer. You don’t want to duplicate efforts with your Feedbank Gravity Feeder. Make sure your feeder is offering a food source that isn’t already on your property or any neighboring properties. If you can provide the deer herd with an array of consistent and unique food choices, they’ll be repeat customers to your property all year.
Identifying the trees on your property will teach you where you need to set up your Banks Outdoors products for a successful fall hunting season. Placing your Stump blind between bedding areas and food sources will put you in the middle of the action. Identifying what food sources are already on your property will show you what needs to be in your Feedbank Gravity Feeder. Knowing what trees are on your property will help you calculate the best spot for your Banks Outdoors products.
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