Fencing Deer On Small Parcels Without A Fence

Fencing Deer On Small Parcels Without A Fence

now the one thing about owning a small parcel and I'm talking small parcel I mean traditionally if you're not encompassing that daily loves of a deer for the entire year it's a small parcel and that would include 500,000 acres or less but when I'm talking small hunting persons I'm talking 20 40 60 80 100 somewhere around in there and the power you have and what I like about this channel what I try to really promote through this channel is your ability with a small parcel to create a quality herd and if you have a quality heard you have a quality hunt you can't have a quality hunt without a quality herd the two go hand-in-hand but you have so much power and that's what I've experienced that's what I try to teach and that's what this channel is about and with that I want to talk to you about a concept you know again I try to create these concepts and recognize these when I'm out in the field and bring them back to you because I really want to help you in one of the ways I think you can help if you think about this you're fencing deer you're fencing deer on your land without building a fence and the way that you can do that is if you think about it and I'll start with doe is if you have high quality food you have screening along that food and then you have bedding opportunity against that food those dough's and fawns and those doe family groups will stay in that first bedding layer next to that food source and that should be in traditional settings hunting settings in the Upper Midwest where deer are not traveling long distances especially in AG land I mean you know northern Ohio they might travel a hundred yards 150 yards the whole deer on a daily basis around here it's probably three or four hundred yards on average including the mature box which are further and if you think about that distance think about doles want to be a fifty to seventy-five yards away from their afternoon food source during the hunting season box traditionally around here would be two to four hundred yards and that's an average movement you think about it that distance three to four hundred yards at most that is that length that the entire deer herd will travel during the daylight every day of the hunting season the only difference is is if you have mature bucks on your land during the pre rut they already have DOL's they don't need to travel very far when you get into the middle of rot for seven to ten days those mature bucks Travel mile 1/2 mile mile and a half there's a lot of dynamics that that create that most that's at night but outside of that even those bucks want to travel only about three to 400 yards every day during the daylight who cares what their three mile home ranges at night I'm purely talking during the day and you can do that high quality food screening against that food doze and fawn buck bedding and then buck bedding literally they do not want to leave that movement unless you pressure them to do so unless of it fall cover that they're staying in is lacking and being over pressured or it's not conducive to fall winter bedding and then of course you lack fall and winter food you can't fence deer during the summertime you can do that figuratively during the fall and winter months if you maintain the fall food fall cover and you allow that to take place allow those conditions to take place all season long and literally you can keep those deer on your land the entire hunting season if you follow those conditions and it's no different than fencing them because they don't want to move outside that movement for the majority of the hunting season and people say well those bucks overlap they go to other cover here and there yeah if you push them and there are deer I mean the Bucks will come in they'll be other bucks that are dominant that push those out but it all goes back to those core areas that wouldn't want to be in and what I found is on a small partial 30 40 60 acres and this is my experience is what I do you know any over 800 parcels we can look at all the scientific research on big wood Lots and in large public land tracts and large leased lands and the south southwest Pennsylvania studies which show Bach movement disregard all that because we're looking at small pocketed small parcels with intense food pot locations I'm did this in the upm Michigan it worked there with vast amount and we'd go 10 miles north before you hit her year-round Road ten miles south big open area if you have high quality food high quality cover and you leave it alone great things happen and those deer do not want to live outside of that daily movement and they'll live there the entire season if you look at the hills around here this is a 40 acre parcel dear live up in the hills they come down to these food sources I'm standing in right now and then they transfer off to the AG fields or to the nearby neighborhood and that's what they do every single day that's what they want to do during the daylight now these are open fields you've added switchgrass to now we've added a lot of food plots we are improving our food plots we have buckwheat right here it's improving the soil holding fertility levels moisture levels increase in fertility levels and so we're gonna have great food plots this fall and the more switchgrass we put out here the more lines of those switchgrass screening we have the safer the deer feel going through the hunting season and so us instead of this being a September October early November mid-november property we're hoping to carry that movement largely in the mid December because of the added cover but by having the deer feet up in these hills they're coming down to this food and then they're leaving that equals about a three to four hundred yard movement every single day and it's no different than putting a fence around this property because why do they need to leave unless we push them to do so sure there's a little bit of dominance factor here and there when it comes to box even does and fawns but bottom line is that you can contain an incredible deer herd on a very small property simply because it goes back to those deer during the daylight period all hunting season long don't want to move a mile every day from their cover to their afternoon food source when you control the cover the afternoon food source you keep the movement in between secure then incredible things happen when it comes to the quality of your herd in your hunt and that's why we have really nice red night ghillie blind here family tradition tree stand redneck ghillie blind over there they're all off on the edge we have one right down here in the middle that you can see maybe over my shoulder that we'll use for middle of the right middle of the day where we can get into that stand out in the morning hours when we see the coast is clear we can get out before the deer start filling these fields but again it's about maintaining the integrity of this movement the security offering that food source and we can chip away on the outside and it's all matter if we can get the mature bucks on this property during the daylight during the hunting season that's the number one trick we'll maintain that by using great access good stand locations were not spoken dear hidden stand locations hidden blind locations and then we can chip away at this movement and when you do that on a small parcel that's so powerful because it's narrowing down a very small space where those mature box are coming into all season long and you can do that by again going back to they don't want to move four or five hundred yards on a daily basis with the exception of a small window during the rut if your parcel is only good for hunting during the rut that's a bad thing because then you're relying on bucks from distant ways to come onto your property during the daylight and cruise through instead you want that parcel where you can hunt deer all season long and it goes back to that amount of movement they want to move during the daylight which is very little and then even then your property is way better during the right then that parcel over there where those people have to wait to the rut because of poor habitat poor access and poor hunting practices try it this year think about that think about it's almost like building a wall around this deer movement they really don't need to move any further during the daylight I hope that makes sense to you I hope that concept makes sense to you and hey while you're at it this is something the concepts that my books talk about on my youtube channel I have my website that has those books Amazon you can find my books you find a lot of reviews about my books on Amazon before you even buy and if you like these strategies you'll love my books check them out I urge you to and hey have a great hunt and never forget the amount of power that you have on a small parcel to build a high quality hunt and a high quality herd don't let anyone tell you any different because it's true it's fun and you can do it this season

18 Replies to “Fencing Deer On Small Parcels Without A Fence”

  1. What's wrong with everyone- watching video's on everything deer hunting on June 30?? Wait…. I'm doing it too!! Another great video, lot's of us can relate with small parcels. Thank's again-

  2. Continuing to work on this. I've followed your advice and added a water hole last year. It was amazing how much of a difference just that one change made. We have does with fawns in the bedding areas now. Seeing some bucks as well. Thanks again for your ideas.

  3. Jeff, just to pick your brain. I have 120 acres here in Florida. What would you recommend for a food source as browse here is very poor?

  4. Jeff, great info! We didn't get edge feathering around our plots done before green up. Would you fall trees in the summer, or wait till winter? I'm concerned of all the brown leaves this fall…

  5. Jeff u need ur own podcast man and as far as ur books I hate reading but do u have audio books instead I’m on the road half the work day I’m always listen to podcast and on vacation at the beach this year the wife reads while on taking in rays and listening to habitat management podcast just a thought sincerely love ur knowledge always willing to learn

  6. Jeff just curious.With that neighborhood behind u what is ur experience with trespassing on that parcel and if yes how have u delt with it

  7. Great comments and a plan to strive towards.
    The buckwheat is coming up well. Some of the switch is doing well, some not so well. We will have to re-frost seed some again next year. Seems to have done better in the corn ground than the grass and hay ground.

  8. Thanks again Jeff.Got some good pics of bucks yesterday. Coming out of a spot I don't go into.Hopefully they stay.I have a big problem with bucks getting hit in the road. Last year I was watching a 120s 8 point.Found him 50 yards from my house. DEAD.Do u have that problem? It looks like u have traffic in your valley behind u..Why don't they stay on the food side of the road.Just being deer I guess..

  9. I have continued to implement your practices on my 22 acre NJ parcel over the last 4 years with magical results. Thank you Sir. Cris

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