Deer Hunting Property Design to Control Young Buck Harassment and Doe Movements
Watching deer from the barn.
I love to sit up in my barn, where I have a picture window in the second story, and watch deer behavior behind the house. It is amazing what you can learn by watching their behavior and how they use the property.
In this video I document a doe and fawns as they move through my property trying to avoid the harassment of young bucks. I have lots of heavy cover on the 8 acres of deer habitat, and numerous small isolated food plots, so the doe families can move from one to the other, eating along the way, and not visible to the young boys. On this evening, the doe finds a haven in my back yard, where I have a small perennial plot, where she feeds for a while, before making her way into Diane’s strawberry patch.
A major feature of the life of a doe from now until January is to avoid the harassing behavior of young bucks. Hunter’s often mistakenly think that the chasing being done by these young guys has to do with the rut. It does not.
It is the equivalent of junior high school frolicking, and it makes life pretty miserable for the does, so they try to avoid them as best they can. That’s why these does love my little property so much. It is perfectly designed with enough complexity that the doe can stay one step ahead of the clueless little bucks. Everything about the design moves them up towards the house for ease of viewing.
Strategic design of cover and food can lead deer straight to where you want them in daytime.
Here’s the video