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#3336253 - 08/26/13 09:31 AM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: BSK]
Mike Belt
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There is no set amount of property it takes to kill a deer. All that is required of that property is a drawing card...the more drawing cards the better. That could be a relief from surrounding hunting pressure, terrain dictated travel routes, food sources, and/or security cover...and each would provide it's own attraction. If you have food the deer will come. The problem is that without adequate security cover they will feed on your property at night and be gone by daylight once you apply hunting pressure. Security cover is the major drawing card for putting deer on your place during daylight but the problem with small acreage is over pressuring it during hunting season.

If I only had small acreage to hunt and I was the sole hunter I would wait until absolute prime time hunting before stepping foot onto it (pre-rut into the rut).
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#3336265 - 08/26/13 09:36 AM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: Mike Belt]
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 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
Security cover is the major drawing card for putting deer on your place during daylight but the problem with small acreage is over pressuring it during hunting season.


Well said.
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#3336572 - 08/26/13 01:06 PM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: BSK]
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One thing I would keep in mind if buying a very small amount of land to deer hunt is how much your lands attractiveness depends on your neighbors land. You can't control neighbors and they can suddenly make big changes such as totally removing all cover. If your small property depended on deer movement in and out of that neighbors cover, you are out of luck. I would try to buy the small property in an area where most of the surrounding land was at least decent deer habitat so you are not so much at the mercy of one neighbor.
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#3336601 - 08/26/13 01:27 PM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: Hunter 257W]
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Excellent point Hunter_257W.
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#3336692 - 08/26/13 02:37 PM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: BSK]
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I hunt some incredibly small tracts here at times. A 4 acre and 8 acre tract come to mind. Granted these are surrounded by larger tracts but I only have permission on small areas, but the deer will cross them at certain places!
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#3336800 - 08/26/13 04:24 PM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: Redfred16]
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Yep, I have a 32 acre lease sandwiched inbetween other properties and it is about 2-3 acres wide. You'd never believe how many deer cross that place. We found two crossing points and 2 spots where, for lack of a better description they like to hang out, and killed deer every trip last year but one.

My first trip to the property I bounced at least 4 separate groups of does within 200 yards of the road. Hardest part is not straying off the property. you can cross 3 acres pretty quick.

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#3336805 - 08/26/13 04:28 PM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: DaveB]
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I've killed a lot of deer on small properties.
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#3337174 - 08/26/13 08:41 PM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: 348Winchester]
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i have killed 181 4/8 net tn deer on 3 acres and usually kill atleast 7- 10 deer off it every year
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#3337196 - 08/26/13 08:56 PM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: Deer Assassin]
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I had some good luck on 10 acres last year. Had a couple nice herds of doe and saw a few nice bucks. Almost every time I was out there I saw something. Cant complain for a novice hunter
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#3337398 - 08/27/13 05:16 AM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: Bottom Hunter
 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: OHVATN
I've always thought a good strategy if I got my hands on 20 acres or so is to QDM it and also build a sanctuary in the center of it to pull in deer that are being hunted on adjacent lands.


DURING THE HUNTING SEASON, the greatest draw for a property is not some specialized or fancy food plot. It is security cover. DURING DAYLIGHT, hunter-wary deer seek sanctuary above all things.


Too many people can't sit in a thicket seeing far less deer than they would on a food source, even though that thicket may be the bed of a Booner...


Very true. Even when I'm gun hunting, if I can see more than 50 yards, I'm hunting in the wrong spot! Some of my gun stands won't allow a 25 yard shot.


I donotb elieve I can shoot more than 35-yards from any of my stands. During the early season, 20-yards is more likely. I love hunting thickets. It requires being more alert and ready to take quick shots but it is more exciting than shooting one at 250-yards from a shooting house. It also requires EXACT stand placement and positioning.
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