Part #2 of our series from Fred Abbas of A-Way Hunting Products
Here are the problems starting with the hunters. Problem #1. Many hunters place permanent blinds over looking their food plots and hunt over the plot with a rifle, shot gun and such, eventually the smarter more mature deer will figure it out and soon after it will render the plot counter- productive by driving the deer nocturnal, if they don’t leave altogether. Remember the whole idea of a food plot was to draw and hold deer on your land. You could bow hunt over the plot with no repercussions though. Problem #2. Most bucks, especially mature bucks entering a food plot in the evening usually stage in the near-by woods waiting for dark, or enter the food plot in very low light conditions. Problem #3. For the most part mature bucks leave the plot before morning light.” Searching for the solution.” The remedy for the hunter was easy, move the blind or stand to an interception point unrelated to the food plot, or so we thought. Exactly where it should be relocated created a further problem. Then we needed to know what time the deer were reaching the staging point, and where that point was located? We also wanted to know if a deer left the plot before first light, did he go straight to his bedding area, or did he linger somewhere, where, and for how long? The only possible way that we could find the answers was by using trail cameras. We started out in May at one of our most productive food plots, then on different farms using 8 cameras set out near intersecting deer runs from 500 yards, down to 100 yards from the food plot. It took us nearly 5 months to compile enough data to give us the information that answered all of our questions.