Feeding Area Deer And Turkey
Published: October 2nd, 2014
By: Josh Sheldon

Before the rut and cold weather kicks in, you should focus on food sources to intercept deer and turkey.

Now that deer and turkey season opens on the first of October, you should focus on food to find them both. There is no better way to find consistent animal movement than to set up on their food source. Large fields of corn, beans and clover can be seen all over in our part of the state. While some hunters choose to hunt crop and hay fields, others are planting their own plots to attract game. There are several things to know about plots, before you attempt to plant one. Beware you could be wasting your time if you don't plant in the right spot and are not preparing the soil properly.

Before the rut kicks in, bucks and does can be found filling their faces. They seek out the most nourishing food source in the area, and eat as much as possible. This is the time for them to pack on winter fat reserves. For this reason, you should be ready to intercept them in their travels. I like to sit near, but not on the food. Deer tend to show themselves on the food at first and last light. If you can figure out where they are coming from, you have a good chance at intercepting one as they head to or from the food.

It is important that you locate the most used trails that enter and exit the food. I then recommend getting at least 200 yards away. The spot that you choose to hunt will be your most important decision. I recommend setting up on a spot where a couple or several trials intersect. This will give you more chances than just setting up on a single, well-used, trail. If you are just away from the intersection, the deer could take the trail you are not on. Being at the point where they cross gives you the best opportunity for a shot. Look the location over and choose your spot with wind and sun in mind. For a morning set, you won't want to be looking east and refrain from west facing stands for afternoon/evening hunts. I have had to pass several deer over time, because the sun made it too hard to see the animal well enough for a shot. A bad wind can also ruin your chances for a shot. Set up to accommodate the most common wind. Most of my stands are set to work with a west or southwest wind. Remember to place sets in locations that favor odd winds too. If you don't prepare for different wind directions, you will not be able to hunt on bad wind days.

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