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#3288976 - 07/11/13 08:06 PM Anyone ever bring water to attract deer
4 Point

Registered: 03/21/13
Posts: 431
Loc: Williamson County

One of the leases I have in Williamson county--213 acres-- has food and cover, but no water. Just wondering, has anyone had any experience bringing in water to use as an attractant to get deer your spot? If so, how did you do it? I can't dig a pond, but was thinking of some portable storage container.
#3288980 - 07/11/13 08:09 PM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: Recoil]
16 Point

Registered: 02/05/03
Posts: 10449
Loc: Brentwood, TN US

IMO, it might work in a drought year, but in a year like we are having in Williamson Co. it would be a total waste of time and money.
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#3289021 - 07/11/13 09:03 PM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: scn]
diamond hunter
6 Point

Registered: 09/16/12
Posts: 927
Loc: Goodlettsville Tennessee USA

I like those cattle troughs in key locations.Maybe a waste of time and money but I don't have to guess if the deer would like a drink. I also put buckets on the edges of box blinds to catch water.I think water in several locations make it a non-issue as long as its on my land and I can release.
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#3289424 - 07/12/13 10:54 AM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: diamond hunter]
10 Point

Registered: 12/28/09
Posts: 3283
Loc: Giles Co. Tn

I dont think I have ever seen a deer take a drink of water.. i'm sure they do..... just never seen it..
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#3289446 - 07/12/13 11:25 AM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: pressfit]
Roost 1
10 Point

Registered: 07/24/11
Posts: 4351
Loc: KY

Couple of years ago in a drought yr my buddy dug a small pond in the woods below his shooting house and hauled some water into it. After doing this his target buck hung around very often, he ended up getting him. 159" and some change.
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#3289457 - 07/12/13 11:34 AM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: Roost 1]
Bone Collector
14 Point

Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 9646
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

yes like other said in drought years water is key, but in non drought years, they can get water off leaves int he AM for condensation.
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#3289590 - 07/12/13 02:04 PM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: Bone Collector]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

Just remember that although deer will and do drink free-standing water, they don't need to. My brother has a heck of a deer population around his place in the desert, and he just finally reached ONE inch of rain for the year. Deer can meet all of their water needs from the plants they eat.
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#3289692 - 07/12/13 04:38 PM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: BSK]
6 Point

Registered: 11/15/11
Posts: 766
Loc: Southern Middle TN


Year before last mid October small small mud hole . Really non hunt able because so thick just saw all the tracks and hung a camera .

#3289795 - 07/12/13 06:37 PM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: BSK]
10 Point

Registered: 09/03/08
Posts: 4764
Loc: Shelby County

BSk, In Southern California I found a small spring. came up at the crotch of two ridglines, ran maybe twenty feet across rocks, and disappeared into gravel.

That place drew every animal and bird in the region, I killed deer there every year. I watched quail drink, made me laugh it was just like the cartoons.

Deer cross my lease to get to water (and food). They may not need it but for sure they drink from it.

#3289806 - 07/12/13 06:59 PM Re: Anyone ever bring water to attract deer [Re: DaveB]
6 Point

Registered: 09/16/11
Posts: 818
Loc: Wayne Co. , Tennessee

I agree with Daveb, they may not need it but everything wants what it can't have! Propertys with no water, I believe making a small pond in a high traffic area can be an awesome spot esp early season..! Deer don't need salt to survive or corn or acorns but that doesn't mean they don't want it... Now on a property like the one I hunt w a creek in every crook and cranny making a water source would be pointless and a waste... We have plenty water throughout the property even in drought yrs... But others it can be a great addition to your land and make a great stand site...

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