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#3291881 - 07/15/13 10:21 AM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: fishboy1]
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 Originally Posted By: fishboy1
Each property is unique but here is my .02

Hunters spend way too much time and money trying to get the deer to do what they want them to do, rather than learn what the deer are doing on their individual properties.

I think in many if not most cases, hunters would be better off spending less trying to manipulate the deer, and spending more on gas to go scout, or hunt.

One property we hunt has hundreds of acres of high quality agriculture on the river, oak and persimmons on the ridges, minerals and water in several locations. The deer have everything they need, yet one guy insists on planting food plots every fall and wonders why he rarely sees big bucks around the food plots. Through lots of hard work and time on the ground and in a tree, I have figured out 2 big buck "hot spots". There is nothing I could do to manipulate those deer. They do exactly what they want, when they want. Its on me to put in the time under perfect conditions to try and get one.

Conditions are perfect about 2x a season and IF I am lucky (last year) one of those days will be just before or during the rut. Hunt those spots when conditions are wrong and you can forget it.


I agree with this.

Too many hunters want to think that they killed a good buck because of the work they did or the tactics they used like the TV guys all say. In reality pure chance plays as big of a role as anything in hunting but that doesn't give nearly as much thrill or satisfaction as being able to say I killed this buck because I did this ...
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#3291918 - 07/15/13 10:51 AM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: de novo]
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 Originally Posted By: de novo
Too many hunters want to think that they killed a good buck because of the work they did or the tactics they used like the TV guys all say.


Truly good hunters know that TV hunters are mostly full of crap, and would never use the useless tactics those TV hunters promote.


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In reality pure chance plays as big of a role as anything in hunting


For the not-so-good hunters, I agree. But I've seen way too many truly good hunters hunt public land and be successful time and again when others are not. That is not luck. It is the proper application of knowledge and skill.
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#3292019 - 07/15/13 12:32 PM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: BSK]
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I didn't use a subjective term to describe hunters. Some would argue that a "truly good" hunter may have his own TV show and others would think that makes him full of crap.
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#3292085 - 07/15/13 02:37 PM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: de novo]
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I have used a variety of artificial water holes over the years , including the plastic kiddie pools. Keep your eyes open and you can usually find one alongside the interstate ! Have used other plastics also as well as digging a hole with the frontend loader and lining with the rubber lineers they use on commercial roofs. All were used by the deer especially during hot times. No mud either so no dead deer .
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#3292625 - 07/16/13 08:10 AM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: de novo]
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 Originally Posted By: de novo
I didn't use a subjective term to describe hunters. Some would argue that a "truly good" hunter may have his own TV show and others would think that makes him full of crap.


Perhaps there are some good hunters with TV shows. However, the hunters I know who have TV shows are not particularly good hunters. They have the successes they do because of the situations they are hunting. Put an average hunter in the same situation and they would have the same level of success.
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#3292750 - 07/16/13 09:54 AM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: BSK]
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Anyone bother to put any livestock algae or mosquito treatments in their water pools?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=16385
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#3292793 - 07/16/13 10:25 AM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: de novo]
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 Originally Posted By: de novo
Anyone bother to put any livestock algae or mosquito treatments in their water pools?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=16385


We have a small goldfish pond next to our padio. I get these things at Lowes called Mosquito Dunks. Kills larva and doesn't hurt the fish or anything. Haven't thought about taking some to watering holes or ponds
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#3292879 - 07/16/13 11:27 AM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: BHC]
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Sometimes I make water to attract deer. Does that count?
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#3292999 - 07/16/13 01:10 PM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: BlountArrow]
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 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
Sometimes I make water to attract deer. Does that count?
nope \:\)
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#3293014 - 07/16/13 01:24 PM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: BlountArrow]
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 Originally Posted By: BlountArrow
Sometimes I make water to attract deer. Does that count?


I've peed from my stand many a time to attract deer, but I've never seen them actually drink it! ;\)
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