Given these results, if your goal is to harvest more deer, baiting may actually work against you. Hunting is the sport. A. Baiting does not make deer go nocturnal. What makes a whitetail so difficult to hunt revolves around its ability disappear, even to the point of appearing nocturnal. As mentioned earlier, being conscious of the wind direction is the most-critical ingredient to take a nocturnal buck. Re: Baiting vs Food Plots [ Re: NSDQ160 ] #2784457 04/13/19 12:26 PM 04/13/19 12:26 PM There are several ways that deer appear to be noctural, but regardless of what your neighbors are doing or any other factor, landowners have much more control than they often realize. And the list goes on with the various creatures that are nocturnal, and deer are not among them. Photo: Charles Alsheimer I think baiting for whitetails has to stop. Then you will know that you can approach the stand slowly, quietly and deliberately with plenty of time to spare. If they are traveling through water, you can hear them sloshing. If they aren’t feeding on your land during the afternoon, they are not within some mystical noctural deer pattern, they are simply just feeding somewhere else. Then when you stalk to the stand, your clothes won’t brush up against the foliage and make noise. Small amounts of bait put out daily. Hunters either love it or despise it. Using bait piles will only encourage more of nighttime feeding. The same can be said for each of their 4 other feeding slots as well! Bats are nocturnal, many snakes are nocturnal, racoons and various rodents and even owls aren’t too daylight friendly. Editor’s Note: Ronnie Groom of Panama City, Florida, has been one of the foremost deer hunters of our day for the past 30 years. Maybe not on your property, but they are up and feeding, many times near bedding areas. Large bait piles encourage nightime feeding. You can’t slam doors, cough, spit or talk. Now. On their feet. I have the deer cam out and hav been getting a lot of pics of bucks n does, but most of the pics are in the middle of the night and only a few during daylight hours. Of the 50, 22 states have legalized the use of deer baits either in selected parts or in the entire state. Not staying put. Bagging a deer is the fulfillment of that sport. Q. I spend many hours after I fill my tag hunting for a place to hunt the following season. Also, hunting high quality fewer sit opportunities based on favorable weather conditions and effective stand rotations, will keep your deer herd much easier to predict, pattern and eventually kill, during the daytime hours. These are the eight most common mistakes hunters make. Once you have them moving the way you want, you will have better luck of catching a straggler. During daylight. Day 1: How to Find a Deer Sanctuary You might just be pleasantly surprised to see that same “nocturnal” buck moving in daylight. I know if you read my articles often you have seen this repeated over and over again, but it is because it is the foundation for every whitetail endeavor of hunting, habitat and herd management. Deer will check the site more often to see if there's food. But, these too could be counterproductive. Baiting does tend to make the deer more nocturnal. Once you bag your buck and fill your tag for the season, the hunt for next year’s buck starts. The power is often in your control, to limit the myth of nocturnal deer. Not many are indifferent about it. And, wear soft clothing so that you can move silently. We use to buy truckloads of beets and carrots. So if you aren’t seeing deer on your land during the daylight and you aren’t getting any pictures of them during the daytime hours, it is fairly safe to say that they just aren’t there. For the hunter, healthier deer and more of them seem like good things. Another factor that most sportsmen don’t consider when they’re hunting nocturnal bucks is when the hunt actually begins. “For the most part, I think it makes the deer more nocturnal,” he said. However, if you accept the notion that nocturnal deer rule the landscape, you are setting yourself up for failure before you even leave the truck. Then when I learn that the bucks are becoming nocturnal in certain areas, I know where they must be holed-up. Establishing at least 60% of your land within contiguous true sanctuary acres (where deer never see you, hear you or smell you) is the first step. Depending upon the time of year, those influences can change greatly. Naturally, it’s the center of many debates across the country. The person who is baiting you wants to be able to manipulate a situation, and they need you in a particular state of mind to be able to do so. 1. In the past bucks would hit the bait at night and lay down all day when we could bait, now they just need to spend more time on there feet to feed thus more sightings. The short answer to that is “NO”, nocturnal deer do not live on your land. More nocturnal busting tips are included in the article, Mythbusting Nocturnal Bucks. Then when hunting season arrives, the hunting pressure is high, and the bucks become nocturnal, I’ll be waiting on them. Very cold and/or very rainy nights followed by clear mornings will generally do better. It they know that there's always a huge pile of bait waiting for them, they'll wait until dark to hit it. Make sure to review your states rules and regulations as most states have restrictions and guidelines when baiting near water. This is a time when bucks are off their usual patterns. That’s kind of like saying that a black boot becomes blacker. Many times you will run the bucks out of their sanctuaries as you move in to look for them. Hunting over bait is a controversial issue, to say the least. Small bait piles ... Feed them with spin feeder during summer months. Often you will be able to pinpoint exactly where the deer are, before you even have enough light by which to shoot. Don’t hunt a region where you believe a phantom buck is hiding, if the wind is not in your face. Why? Of course the rut can often change this but, for the most part, deer that become nocturnal do so to survive. I do think when overdone it results in nocturnal deer and also once you start hunting over bait they really go out of their way to come in down wind, those old does are really hard to fool. Your deer are day feeders. Then why is it ok to make a food plot to lure them into the open???? I thought with the rut I would have caught more daytime pics of them. How to Hunt When Deer Become Nocturnal Day 1: How to Find a Deer Sanctuary. Their gestation period is 180 to 200 days. If so, make sure not to start the tractor until you read my 2nd book,Food Plot Success By Design. Groom, a well-rounded deer hunter, participates in … Arrange them around the edges and leading slightly into the plot. John Phillips, winner of the 2012 Homer Circle Fishing Award for outstanding fishing writer by the American Sportfishing Association (AMA) and the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), the 2008 Crossbow Communicator of the year and the 2007 Legendary Communicator chosen for induction into the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame, is a freelance writer (over 6,000 magazine articles for about 100 magazines and several thousand newspaper columns published), magazine editor, photographer for print media as well as industry catalogues (over 25,000 photos published), lecturer, outdoor consultant, marketing consultant, book author and daily internet content provider with an overview of the outdoors. As the deer hold tight to these bedding areas a little longer your job is to find when and where they are entering and exiting this area. Day 2: How and When to Hunt a Deer Sanctuary In fact when they feed during that time of the day, I have experienced, serves to set the table for their entire 24 hour clock of daily feeding patterns. In your preparation to hunt this particular deer, besides already pre-determining your stand site, you should know the route you’ll take to that stand. Day 5: What Hunting Tactics Take Nocturnal Deer, How to Hunt Deer Up Close: With Bows, Rifles, Muzzleloaders and Crossbows, Day 2: How and When to Hunt a Deer Sanctuary, Day 3: Why Hunt the Feeding Areas for Deer, Day 4: Why Hunt Nocturnal Deer in the Mornings and How to Hunt the High Noon Bucks, Day 5: What Hunting Tactics Take Nocturnal Deer. When this happens, deer will often hold tight to where they feel safe a little longer than normal. Deer will be on their feet and feeding during this time period, outside of major weather events. Baiting is almost always used to elicit an emotion from one person to the other. Create more bedding areas on your property and hunt near them during the day, whenever a moon guide says deer … There are hunters who bait constantly because it’s legal in their area, there are hunters who bait their property when it’s not legal, and there are hunters who just don’t bait. Next is Access, Walking to and from the bait site is also very important, spooking a bear off the bait site or out of his bedding areas can make them more timid as well. One behavior change frequently observed with deer baiting is increased nocturnal activity (Charles 1993). They may use baiting to make you angry or to upset you significantly. If you’re using a tree stand, either put the tree stand up early in the season or know that you’ll be able to set-up that tree stand silently. Here in MI we have a ban on baiting in the lower and IMO the buck hunting is much better. Tink's #69 Doe-in-Rut Buck Lure. Baiting deer has been made to be something that's perceived as a bad thing. 14 of the 22 states that allow deer baiting allow it state wide while the remaining 8 only allow the practice in specific parts. This rule absolutely cannot be broken. Mature buck hunting, herd and habitat techniques. 4: Does baiting deer make them nocturnal? Pressure also makes the deer nocturnal.I found with baiting, this works best for me. But if you begin your hunt for next season after you’ve completed your hunt for this season, you’ll be much more likely to find and take big bucks next year. Allow yourself 30-additional minutes than what you estimate will be required to reach the stand. Make sure you follow these tips when the rut arrives for you best chance at bagging a big buck. Keep in mind that hunting nocturnal deer involves attempting to bag one of the smartest deer in all of the woods. In others, it isn’t. I have the cam set up on a good food pile of corn and apples adjacent to a field. They are creatures of mystery, structure and beauty, all rolled into an animal that is one of the most difficult to successfully hunt; in particular when it comes to sending an arrow into a mature buck! “I learned a long time ago that if you start baiting for a longer period of time, the deer go nocturnal, especially the mature bucks. Unless cold is getting the deer up and moving during daylight hours, baiting can turn deer even more nocturnal than they already are. A bait pile less than two gallons will only give more room for competition and cause the deer … If you have hunted extensively over bait, I am certain that you have observed this yourself. You must be as quiet as if you think the buck is watching you the entire time. Okay, okay, before you peg me as a purist who thinks all baiters are slobs, hear me out. Breeding and Reproduction Blacktail deer rut in November and early December. Then when you sit on the ground, you won’t make any noise. Groom, a well-rounded deer hunter, participates in bowhunting, primitive weapon hunting and gun hunting. I have shot lots of buck over bait, mostly scrubs but a few god ones. Still, others allow it but implement strict guidelines on how it … Groom, a well-rounded deer hunter, participates in bowhunting, primitive weapon hunting and gun hunting. Whenever the moon is overhead or underfoot your deer are up and feeding. Groom was consulted for this article, because he hunts deer in several states – on public and private lands – where the hunting pressure is both heavy and light. by Ryan Taylor. Deer feed when they are on their feet and moving, as one of the most consumptive browsers of an incredibly diversity of preferred forages. To harvest this kind of buck, you must start to hunt when you leave your vehicle and enter the woods. Even quality cover for deer, isn’t quality cover if any deer that would eventually live in that cover, have no food to relate to on a daily basis. Also make the approach to your hunting site slow and deliberate. Too, at your stand site, the leaves and limbs should be cleared away ahead of time. In simple terms (I personally need simple) deer feed twice during the day in their bedding areas, once in the afternoon evening in their preferred daily dinnertime destination food source, and twice during the night. Blacktail deer can live up to ten years in the wild but seldom make it past six years of age. Corn does sometimes make deer nocturnal but when there roaming for food it seems to at least concentrate them a little bit and after that you just have to be lucky and be there when they come in which seems to be right before dark most of the time. Bats are nocturnal, many snakes are nocturnal, racoons and various rodents and even owls aren’t too daylight friendly. Editor’s Note: Ronnie Groom of Panama City, Florida, has been one of the foremost deer hunters of our day for the past 30 years. I usually start baiting a couple different spots and use trail cameras at every spot.Only bait and check your cameras in the middle of the day and 2 … But since you’ve already filled your tag, and you’re not going to be able to shoot any more in that region this season, whether or not you spook the bucks doesn’t really matter. *Is your land an anti nocturnal deer sanctuary? I've had better luck with the chopped corn rather than whole kernel though. It surely draws them in - undeniable. Most hunters stop hunting when they fill their tags. We’ve looked at how to hunt deer in the mornings, the evenings and the middles of the day, but we haven’t actually discussed the hunting techniques that the sportsmen who want to take these phantom deer must employ. Deer go nocturnal when exposed to pressure. The phenomenon of nocturnal deer is so widely accepted, that for several decades countless articles have been written about how to actually successfully hunt a nocturnal buck. Once you climb into your stand before daylight, begin to hunt with your ears, before you hunt with your eyes. Mature bucks will avoid them, but will come when on the ground. The first step is to admitting that nighttime walkers are more fiction than fact. To get “How to Hunt Deer Up Close: With Bows, Rifles, Muzzleloaders and Crossbows” and “Deer and Fixings” by John E. Phillips, go to http://www.amazon.com/kindle-ebooks, type in the names of the books, and download them to your Kindle and/or download a Kindle app for your iPad, SmartPhone or computer. “I start baiting a stand seven to 10 days before I plan to hunt it,” he said. Go back into the woods without a gun during hunting season when the hunting pressure is high to locate areas that the nocturnal bucks will go to while they are still utilizing these regions. A study of captive deer in Michigan documented that a majority of feeding at supplemental food sources occurred at night, and daytime feeding was almost nonexistent (Ozoga and … If you aren’t getting daylight photos of a buck, try moving locations. Many times if the deer are feeding on acorns, you can hear them popping the nuts before you can see them. I have always been a fan of hunting during the pre-rut and rut … And yes, nocturnal deer herds are a myth, in particular when it comes to their 5 daily feeding time slots. Baiting Whitetail Deer. Now we put out a 5 gallon pail of beets, apples, and shelled corn. The question of whether or not to bait whitetails has caused many discussions and arguments. Deer would go nocturnal. How to Hunt When Deer Become Nocturnal Day 5: What Hunting Tactics Take Nocturnal Deer. Although deer may not cover 100s of yards during their various feedings, you can still expect them to be moving enough to potentially harvest them, if they are there actually on the land. In some states, baiting is legal. So far we’ve learned why deer are nocturna,l and where deer are not nocturnal. Therefore they learn very little about what the deer are doing when the hunting pressure is high after their hunts are over. Deer Hunting Baiting Pros and Cons. Deer will want to hunker down in the bad weather and wait when they can. *Is it planting time? It wasn’t until I reduced the time that I baited a stand that I started … Every deer in the woods feeds 5 times in a 24 hour period. Editor’s Note: Ronnie Groom of Panama City, Florida, has been one of the foremost deer hunters of our day for the past 30 years. The number one reason for deer hunting failure during the rut is leaving the stand too early. Under the right conditions, continued baiting of deer can make them become more nocturnal. When baiting evolves to supplemental feeding, it leads to an increase in deer densities and body condition. Deer want to feed in their preferred high quality, high volume destination food source, during the afternoon time slot. Or, if they are walking through leaves, you can hear them move too. On a state level, Eyler thinks hunters would kill just as many deer without bait, as they do with it. Trying to kill them outside of that zone is near to impossible, resulting in seemingly nocturnal bucks. However, getting back to deer’s stomach, if you lack both the cover and food to provide 2 daytime snacks and 1 afternoon dinner, then you can expect the deer herd to live somewhere else that does. Unfortunately there is so much baiting going on, it is almost necessary if you want to see deer. Day 3: Why Hunt the Feeding Areas for Deer About 2 mos before season take the feeder down and throw it on the ground. Since this buck has learned how to dodge the hunters in the woods, he is much smarter than the bucks that die early in the season. Although your ability to hunt and shoot a mature buck will depend on many factors, understand how his stomach rules his anti-nocturnal ways, is key. Post cameras in surrounding areas if possible and see what turns up. By believing that deer are daylight movers instead of nightime walkers, you will have your mindset headed towards the direction of success, before ever stepping foot out of the truck. For more advanced whitetail strategies, be sure to checkout our Video Library! Day 4: Why Hunt Nocturnal Deer in the Mornings and How to Hunt the High Noon Bucks Pressure (messing with cameras and looking for tracks) is the main thing that make deer nocturnal. Are deer truly nocturnal? Prior to the opening of the season, I can move into these sanctuary areas I have located at the end of the previous year’s hunting season, set-up stand sites, cut shooting lanes and prepare for a successful hunting season. Because deer aren’t nocturnal. Baiting is a controversial topic. Hidden Food Plots (and other deer hotspots) Are your food plots and other great habitat creations … Hunt days where it sucked the night before. As an example, deer tend to go nocturnal when they discover easy sources of food at bait sites. Already have the brush cleared-out along that path ahead of time. On the other hand, the remaining 28 states do not allow deer baiting. 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