Segmenting Your Property For Better Deer Movement – See More Bucks

Segmenting Your Property For Better Deer Movement

Segmenting Your Property For Better Deer Movement

Would you buy a house if the whole main floor was one big kitchen?

What if the basement was one big laundry room?

Not a chance.

Parents don’t want to sleep in the same room with their kids, and teenagers don’t want to watch TV with their parents.

Sparring_bucks_Whitetails are very similar.

During the hunting season, mature bucks want to bed down alone.

Doe family groups want to feed by themselves and away from other doe family groups and pestering young bucks.

During daylight hours, pressured deer would rather feed within or near secluded areas with heavy cover so they don’t feel exposed to predators.

At night these same deer want to feed out in big open fields so that predators cannot sneak up on them without being seen.

Pressured deer prefer a diversity of habitat for different purposes.

Just like we do.

Don’t ever think that mature bucks are simply animals that feed when they’re hungry, sleep when they’re tired, and chase girls when they smell good.

Whitetails live outside 24/7/365. They know more about what goes on around them than most hunters give them credit for.

They smell your footprints in and out of the woods long after you’re gone.

They know when they’re being hunted.

If you don’t believe that…you’re already at a huge disadvantage.

So the key to attracting mature bucks and lots of deer to live on your property is to give them exactly what they want.

Secure bedding cover, secure travel routes, woods with a dense under-story, small secluded food plots, and don’t forget water.

But you can quickly ruin all these great features if you hunt the property the wrong way and make the deer feel pressured.

Big Buck at NightThe mature bucks probably won’t leave such a habitat-rich property, they’ll just go nocturnal.

This is where most landowners fail to recognize how deer use their property at different times of the day.

The whole goal is to give deer a false sense of security, especially when compared to your neighboring properties.

They will spend their daytime hours where they feel the most secure.

Secure from hunters and secure from each other.

Yes, doe family groups hate to get pestered by young bucks during the early part of the hunting season before the full rut kicks in.

That’s why your property needs to be segmented or compartmentalized into different uses for deer.

Just like your house.

This makes for a lot less stress on the deer herd.

Stress from hunters and from other deer.

When you have a low-stress environment like that, that’s when hunting becomes more fun and predictable.

Deer bed down later in the morning and get up earlier in the afternoon.

The less time they spend on their bellies and more on their feet during daylight hours, means more deer sightings and shot opportunities for you and your kids.

You no longer hope to see deer. Instead you wonder how many and how big.

Your kids will not get bored while hunting, and they’ll want to keep hunting as they get older.

We have dozens of videos in the members area that show exactly how to segment your property into every different feature and how to lay them out correctly.

Check out this video that gives you a quick overview:

Next video….”Food Plots Done Right”

Notice this series didn’t start out with food plots.

That’s because contrary to what you see on TV, it’s not the most important element on your property.

Until then, here’s to seeing more bucks and better hunting through plan and design.

Jake and Randy

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