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Old 09-12-2017, 07:09 PM   #1
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Does anyone "hand corn" when they go hunting? I might give it a try soon. If you do any tips would be great.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:11 PM   #2
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Everytime. Just put the corn in your shooting lane a get ready. Feeder weary deer will hit hand corn more and as a whole it can extend your hunt as there's more corn on the ground.

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Old 09-12-2017, 07:15 PM   #3
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Thanks BURTONboy I got a 2 40# bags of Apple Corn ready togo!!
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Never seen this topic discussed...

Welcome to TBH. Lots of good folks here with good info. This has been discussed a lot and you can search previous discussions.

I think the general consensus is most throw some out and have success with it.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:18 PM   #5
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The best way to go is hand corn you will see a lot more deer and have a better chance to get them into bow range !! Just don't pile it up put it out in thin lines
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:19 PM   #6
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Tip no. 1
Hold hand flat to keep from getting bit
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:23 PM   #7
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Thanks for the tips!Texifornia thats a good one lol!
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:28 PM   #8
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Hand Corning works well in high pressure hunting areas like east Texas and southeastern Oklahoma. Big bucks just tend to get feeder wise at an early age, if they are lucky!
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:33 PM   #9
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I have been feeding corn for many years see no bad effects. I put out about 2 lbs around to hold deer longer. The only bad experience has been using scented corn to hand feed because I never used it in feeder and they would not come in just wasn't right. So I just use same corn I use in feeder.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:34 PM   #10
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I hand corn a couple of spots I bow hunt for hogs. One of my fondest memories of hunting with my grandfather, was when he hand corned. He used a 1 lb folgers coffee can and he would pour it out the window of his 1964 Chevrolet truck.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:43 PM   #11
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Not much can add pretty well covered..It works and they find it QUICK flavored on not...When they at feeder they nervious wreck..fling some out within sight of a feeder and they will relax and eat..
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:50 PM   #12
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I put some in a gallon zip lock bag and swing it back and forth so the deer don't come straight at me. Gives me a better shot chance.
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Old 09-12-2017, 07:58 PM   #13
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Everytime. Just put the corn in your shooting lane a get ready. Feeder weary deer will hit hand corn more and as a whole it can extend your hunt as there's more corn on the ground.

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This ^^^

When rifle hunting, I make roads or lanes and corn them from the four wheeler. Every time I go to the stand site for any reason, I feed a little. After a couple years, even weary deer will just hop off the road and wait for you to leave.

For bowhunting, I corn specific shooting holes each time. The deer will walk straight to them before going to the feeder. The does are conditioned to run to the feeder when it feeds, leaving the bucks all the hand corn.

It is definitely a game changer.
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:31 PM   #14
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Somebody has to say it. There is a secret to hand corning. Shhhhhh. Don't tell anybody. V A N I L L A
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Great stuff.
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Old 09-12-2017, 09:09 PM   #16
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I have one spot out of 4 with no feeder in a hard wood bottom. I hand corn this only and have more deer here than anywhere else on our property. I started putting out 50 lbs on the ground a couple weeks ago and will dump 50 lbs out every week or two until the season starts and then hand corn it when I hunt it. It don't take the pigs long to find it either. Just more targets lol.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:14 PM   #17
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You can hand throw corn in a spot with or without a feeder.

I like to hand throw corn at a feeder so that they hang around longer and give more shot opportunities.

Throw corn up under bushes, behind trees etc in such a manner that they will have to reposition and turn so you can get a shot.

If you throw corn in a pile they seem to get nervous and can also stand in one spot such as head on and never give you a good shot.
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Old 09-12-2017, 10:41 PM   #18
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We feed our areas every time we are there
I feed upwind and my deer will all end up there and not spook.
I laugh at the one pound comment .
More like 25 spread thin for me.

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Big hogs and coyotes eat it as well lol


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Old 09-12-2017, 10:59 PM   #20
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You can hand corn at the base of a bush or behind a rock so that the deer cannot see you draw your bow on them if they are eating.
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:55 AM   #21
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Doesn't work. Don't do it.

You should join the 'gun hunters' forum and talk about shooting deer from 10k miles away.

Hand corn and pea gravel doesn't work. Boo
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I have one spot out of 4 with no feeder in a hard wood bottom. I hand corn this only and have more deer here than anywhere else on our property. I started putting out 50 lbs on the ground a couple weeks ago and will dump 50 lbs out every week or two until the season starts and then hand corn it when I hunt it. It don't take the pigs long to find it either. Just more targets lol.
This is so true on our place as well. I would add using a rubber glove to fill a gallon zip lock bag. When I get to my stand I cut a hole in the bag and spread it around, not in a pile.

Hunting with my longbow I get much closer shots if I don't forget about scent control, even on the corn...
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:14 AM   #23
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This is so true on our place as well. I would add using a rubber glove to fill a gallon zip lock bag. When I get to my stand I cut a hole in the bag and spread it around, not in a pile.

Hunting with my longbow I get much closer shots if I don't forget about scent control, even on the corn...
This! I've found that if I handle the corn with my bare hands the deer will ignore the corn.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:20 AM   #24
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Actually, I would forget the corn and use deer pellets as there is a higher digestibility factor for the deer. And for you guys that use a half of a bag, you do realize that you are putting out enough for a couple of dozen deer.
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Old 09-13-2017, 06:44 AM   #25
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The key is to spread it out and not make piles of corn, the cows try to eat it but quickly lose interest if it is spread out, I have killed my largest bucks on hand thrown corn not at my feeders
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Hand corn works great. The problem I have had is I will hand corn my shooting lane right before getting in my blind or stand and I have had deer come to the corn but I guess they smell I was there and they back off and leave. And I wear rubber boots.
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Old 09-13-2017, 08:24 AM   #27
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I read a thread last year on this topic my battery died on my feeder last year so I gave It a try had so many pictures of deer I have never ever seen around worked well for me
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I've had luck killing doe this way but not good bucks. I've either been on leases with so many deer that any kernel of corn was consumed quickly or on places where even feeders were hit sporadically because the density was so low. If you have lots of deer hand corn works great. If not then chances are you may just watch a pile of corn most sits.

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Old 09-13-2017, 09:25 AM   #29
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Hand corn is all I do. Corn my spots once a week, and I don't overhunt the same spot. Got have the run and gun mentality. Corn for the right wind and dump out about 50lbs 3 days before your planned hunt. Got to keep them guessing. That also means you have to have the gear to be mobile, or a bunch of spots setup.
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Does anyone "hand corn" when they go hunting? I might give it a try soon. If you do any tips would be great.
Okay, you posted this in the Traditional forum... which is fine... especially if you hunt with traditional gear.

I hand corn like a boss!

Especially now that I hunt with traditional gear. Most of the places I hunt have feeders setup for 20+ yard shots. In order to get them in close to 12 yards, I hand corn.

I carry a small drawstring bag with me and spread it out where I want them before climbing into the stand/blind.

I use a cup and don't touch it with my hands to put it in the bag... and I "throw" it out directly from the bag... again, not touching it.

All the deer I have killed have been on hand corn at a feeder... but with the hand corn closer to the blind and outside the feeder pen.

Good luck and welcome to TBH (oh and are you a traditional bow hunter?) If so, welcome to the trad forum too
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Okay, you posted this in the Traditional forum... which is fine... especially if you hunt with traditional gear.

I hand corn like a boss!

Especially now that I hunt with traditional gear. Most of the places I hunt have feeders setup for 20+ yard shots. In order to get them in close to 12 yards, I hand corn.

I carry a small drawstring bag with me and spread it out where I want them before climbing into the stand/blind.

I use a cup and don't touch it with my hands to put it in the bag... and I "throw" it out directly from the bag... again, not touching it.

All the deer I have killed have been on hand corn at a feeder... but with the hand corn closer to the blind and outside the feeder pen.

Good luck and welcome to TBH (oh and are you a traditional bow hunter?) If so, welcome to the trad forum too
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Old 09-13-2017, 12:06 PM   #32
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Actually, I would forget the corn and use deer pellets as there is a higher digestibility factor for the deer. And for you guys that use a half of a bag, you do realize that you are putting out enough for a couple of dozen deer.
I've got one spot I'm hand Corning. It takes 3 deer, yes only 3 deer to clean up 25# in 3-4 days
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:10 PM   #33
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That's all I do at my bow hunting spots. No feeders at all, just corn on the ground.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:13 PM   #34
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:20 PM   #35
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And just to clarify...I've scattered it and dumped it in a pile in the past. Personally I like a big old pile of corn. Like a 200lb pile at 12-15 yards. They're not nearly as nervous as deer at a feeder. Only bad thing is the hogs will gang up on it too.
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Old 09-13-2017, 02:33 PM   #36
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Yes but you need to start well before you start to hunt. I would say at least a week before if not longer. Be careful not to put more than they will clean up before dark when corning in the afternoon. I hate getting out of my stand with deer still crunching on corn. I would also starrt putting out a pile of rice bran if you have atv or vehicle access. I like to put 50# of bran and corn
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I use a pillow case to carry the corn to the stand. Nice and silent.
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:23 PM   #38
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I've always seen way more deer on hand corn than I've ever seen at a feeder. The first & biggest deer I've ever killed was on hand corn. First sit in the stand and didn't even have a feeder up.
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Does anyone "hand corn" when they go hunting? I might give it a try soon. If you do any tips would be great.
One other tip. When people say they "hand corn" it has more than just 1 meaning/method.

1) Dump a 50# bag or more in a pile in location that you think is a "good spot". You can hunt the spot within a day or so. You can put up a camera or something to see what comes by. Folks do this a lot to test a spot or a property for activity. You could keep refreshing the spot over and over and essentially keep the corn train going, but a lot of folks will just eventually put a feeder in that spot if it is good. But not always, everybody is different.

2) Dump a 50# bag under a feeder. The hail-mary of trying to keep critters at YOUR feeder and not somebody elses. You are trying to train them to change their pattern and come to yours.

3) Put a "small" amount... like a ziplock bag full +/- to put in a high traffic area like a trail or an existing feeder to get the deer to come to a certain spot in that area. If on a trail, it is a good way to get the deer to stop and stick around until you get a good shot.

I have used variations of all three of these.

When setting up a new spot "off feeder" I have dumped a bag of corn, setup a cam, and checked to see what was coming in. I then revisited and throw down a small amount before getting up into the stand.

Our rifle blinds at 100 yards from the feeder. However my son isn't a crack shot off of sticks past 70 yards... so I go out and throw corn halfway between the blind and the feeder at the beginning of the weekend. He has taken both of his deer off the hand corn at 50 yards.

Both my trad deer have been at a location where there wasn't a good place to put a bow blind close to the feeder (aka manmade, metal, automatic food plot) so I put it as close as I could and I throw down corn 12 yards from it... between it and the feeder pen. Often times the deer prefer to come to that corn than the feeder itself.

That was a really long winded explanation... but I find that when some folks say they "hand corn" it just means they don't use a feeder... whereas even if you use a feeder... hand corning specific spots is a really useful tactic that can drive up your chances on getting the deer close.
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I use a pillow case to carry the corn to the stand. Nice and silent.
I like this idea!
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Old 09-13-2017, 04:33 PM   #41
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I've had luck killing doe this way but not good bucks. I've either been on leases with so many deer that any kernel of corn was consumed quickly or on places where even feeders were hit sporadically because the density was so low. If you have lots of deer hand corn works great. If not then chances are you may just watch a pile of corn most sits.

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Old 09-13-2017, 06:30 PM   #42
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Last season I got to hunt a place late and no feeders. Ended up being best place I have ever sat. Saw a few truly mature bucks and the does were not all jittery. We only threw out hand corn and like many above in lanes and lines not piles. The deer in a lot of East Texas are pushed hard and every available inch seems to have a feeder and boom stick waiting... YEAR ROUND.. <--Well maybe I am over exaggerating just a little but the point is we saw nice deer and more of them with frequent hand corn then anything with a feeder. Going that route this season again.
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Been hand corning once a week for a month away from feeders. Will go again Friday and again Thursday and Friday next week. Hoping they are there for Saturday opener.
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Been hand corning once a week for a month away from feeders. Will go again Friday and again Thursday and Friday next week. Hoping they are there for Saturday opener.
Sounds like a fine plan!!!! Good luck aim small!!!
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One other tip. When people say they "hand corn" it has more than just 1 meaning/method.

1) Dump a 50# bag or more in a pile in location that you think is a "good spot". You can hunt the spot within a day or so. You can put up a camera or something to see what comes by. Folks do this a lot to test a spot or a property for activity. You could keep refreshing the spot over and over and essentially keep the corn train going, but a lot of folks will just eventually put a feeder in that spot if it is good. But not always, everybody is different.

2) Dump a 50# bag under a feeder. The hail-mary of trying to keep critters at YOUR feeder and not somebody elses. You are trying to train them to change their pattern and come to yours.

3) Put a "small" amount... like a ziplock bag full +/- to put in a high traffic area like a trail or an existing feeder to get the deer to come to a certain spot in that area. If on a trail, it is a good way to get the deer to stop and stick around until you get a good shot.

I have used variations of all three of these.

When setting up a new spot "off feeder" I have dumped a bag of corn, setup a cam, and checked to see what was coming in. I then revisited and throw down a small amount before getting up into the stand.

Our rifle blinds at 100 yards from the feeder. However my son isn't a crack shot off of sticks past 70 yards... so I go out and throw corn halfway between the blind and the feeder at the beginning of the weekend. He has taken both of his deer off the hand corn at 50 yards.

Both my trad deer have been at a location where there wasn't a good place to put a bow blind close to the feeder (aka manmade, metal, automatic food plot) so I put it as close as I could and I throw down corn 12 yards from it... between it and the feeder pen. Often times the deer prefer to come to that corn than the feeder itself.

That was a really long winded explanation... but I find that when some folks say they "hand corn" it just means they don't use a feeder... whereas even if you use a feeder... hand corning specific spots is a really useful tactic that can drive up your chances on getting the deer close.
Good stuff !!!
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Old 09-20-2017, 04:00 PM   #46
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I have drums at each stand with ziplock bags full and ready to go. Got tired of the last minute rush to get my bag ready and also the hassle of transporting bags of corn from camp to stand every day.
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I have drums at each stand with ziplock bags full and ready to go. Got tired of the last minute rush to get my bag ready and also the hassle of transporting bags of corn from camp to stand every day.
That's a great idea!

To the OP, I only Hand corn if I'm bow hunting usually. I'll put a big pile between me and the feeder in hopes of getting a perfect broadside easy shot, but it seldom works out that way. When I'm hunting with a rifle I corn the roads with a feeder. Gets the deer good and used to my fourwheeler so I don't have to stop a ways away and walk in.
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Old 09-20-2017, 05:05 PM   #48
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I use to keep a plastic bucket full at the stand and use a stadium cup. If not at feeder I use the feeder on my cart to broadcast it.

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Old 09-20-2017, 09:10 PM   #49
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Deer like corn?
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:33 PM   #50
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Deer like corn?


...Only when the acorns are gone
And you're out of pea gravel
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