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#3334989 - 08/25/13 09:58 AM Minimum acres to hunt
OHVATN
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Didn't want to hijack the other thread re how many acres do you hunt.

What do you think is the minimum number of acres and mix of features (crop, pasture, timber etc) that would sustain a decent doe herd, support fawn recruitment and provide a few 110, 120 or better bucks each year? Assume two hunters adhering to QDM practices. I know it all depends but I'm wondering if such land in TN would ever be within my means.
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#3334991 - 08/25/13 10:03 AM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: OHVATN]
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When you asked about acres to HUNT, I think only in terms of enough acreage to hang a stand and have deer cross.....Very few small farms , even in the 100s of acres will hold deer on them 24/7.

I think the most important thing here is to pick a great ambush point where deer cross your acreage...Thusly one acre in the right spot is enough acreage to hunt....good luck!
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#3335002 - 08/25/13 10:22 AM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: Bottom Hunter]
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Killed my biggest buck to date off of a 30 acre tract all hardwoods surrounded on all sides by hundreds more acres of hardwoods.
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#3335055 - 08/25/13 11:22 AM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: OHVATN]
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 Originally Posted By: OHVATN
Didn't want to hijack the other thread re how many acres do you hunt.

What do you think is the minimum number of acres and mix of features (crop, pasture, timber etc) that would sustain a decent doe herd, support fawn recruitment and provide a few 110, 120 or better bucks each year?


The vast majority of properties hunters hunt don't individually sustain any amount of deer. Unless you expect to find several thousand contiguous acres, every deer you see is going to be using neighboring properties.

A 20 acre property may be the best hunting a hunter can imagine.
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#3335076 - 08/25/13 11:39 AM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: BSK]
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When I said I hunt one acre at a time in the other thread, I was not kidding. Don't worry about a sustaining property. All you need is the one acre they travel through on a regular basis.

I have a stand in the middle of an eight acre thicket from which I have killed 39-deer in 13-years. Last year, I killed four from it and have no idea how many I passed up. Look for the little properties everybody else passes up.
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#3335109 - 08/25/13 12:13 PM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: bowriter]
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 Originally Posted By: bowriter
When I said I hunt one acre at a time in the other thread, I was not kidding. Don't worry about a sustaining property. All you need is the one acre they travel through on a regular basis.

I have a stand in the middle of an eight acre thicket from which I have killed 39-deer in 13-years. Last year, I killed four from it and have no idea how many I passed up. Look for the little properties everybody else passes up.


I concur with this. Finding a small but good property to hunt can be better than a 1000 acres. I hunted several small(5-10 acre) plots back in Wisconsin. However I was restricted to no bucks on most of them, they just wanted the does numbers down. But I always saw some incredible buck sign but never gave them as much time as the property I hunted in the north woods because of the limitations.

One advatage we had in hunting a small property in WI was what was called right to recover and it basically said if you could not find the owner within a reasonable amount of effort you could go and get the game. But you could not carry a weapon and if it came into dispute you better be able to show you shot the animal on your property and how you tracked it there.
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#3335121 - 08/25/13 12:27 PM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: Redfred16]
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On several farms i have 1-3 acre patches of woods.I delibrately run em out a few times each year.Dont want them to feel secure there.Just almost impossible to hunt em there.
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#3335137 - 08/25/13 12:39 PM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: Mr.Bro]
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One of my most productive spots is a 10 acre thicket..
I don't think I have ever hunted it and not seen deer.
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#3335203 - 08/25/13 01:36 PM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: Roost 1]
cozy23
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I have the most potential to see/shoot deer on a 20 acre piece I have permission to hunt.
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#3335323 - 08/25/13 04:13 PM Re: Minimum acres to hunt [Re: cozy23]
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You can't sustain a good herd with such little acreage. You can kill the deer traveling through though. It blew my mind last year when I learned how far these animals travel. We have 850 acres with thickets, big hardwoods, and water. Everything you would need to hold deer you would think. I was amazed when I was getting pics of bucks on one end than seeing them later a long ways from where the pic was taken. That being said if every property around you didn't adopt the QDM as well then the buck you pass up on will likely go over the ridge onto the bordering property and get shot. You can have those small honey holes. I have some as little as 13 acres. But not to grow and hold big bucks. I think it would take a couple thousand acres to grow and HOLD WITHIN some trophy deer. Or maybe hire Brian to come out and prep your land for you.
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