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What is the best way to attract deer in an area of mainly hardwoods during mid October archery season?

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    What is the best way to attract deer in an area of mainly hardwoods during mid October archery season?

  • #2
    It depends on whether the hardwoods include oak trees that are dropping acorns. If they do, then set your stand along a main travel route about 50 yards from oaks that have acorns.

    If you are hunting in a hardwoods with no hard mast, then baiting is always an option, as long as it's legal where you hunt.

    Another idea is to create some mock scrapes and set your stand about 50-75 yards downwind of them. Bucks will often travel downwind of scrape to scent-check them, putting them in front of your stand. In most parts of the Northeast and Midwest, scrape making and checking will soon pick up, and you should see more scraping activity by the end of October.

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    • #3
      I don't think there is much you can do to attract deer there. You need to know the area well enough to know travel routes, bedding areas, and feeding areas. I would try to pattern the deer and determine what their current food source is. Are they traveling to agricultural areas or feeding on acorns or just what? Then try and set up on the trails to and from food and bedding areas.


      • #4
        Like DSM said, you need to find where the deer already are traveling and position yourself to be in range. You can't really rely on attracting deer during archery season due to the limited range, especially in thick hardwoods where shooting windows are small(with a gun you can usually shoot them if you can see them). If the rut is picking up where you live, a grunt call or rattling some antlers could held draw them in closer.




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