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Old 03-03-2021, 02:38 PM   #1
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I hunt a 30 acre property in NE Texas. I am very small limited budget. I have a tractor and brush hog but no disc. I do not have any food plots, I do not feed protein but I do try to keep 2 feeders full of regular corn year round. Do you think just regular ol corn will help hold some deer? It grows up in thick brush every summer. I do mow the fence rows and the pipeline at least twice a summer.
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Old 03-03-2021, 02:42 PM   #2
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If you have thick brush and corn there you'll be good to go but your going to have to limit your hunting so you don't run them out of there. I'm sure you get them just gotta put the work in. There are also some no-till food plots methods too, Google them you'll be surprised.
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Old 03-03-2021, 02:44 PM   #3
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If you have thick brush and corn there you'll be good to go but your going to have to limit your hunting so you don't run them out of there. I'm sure you get them just gotta put the work in. There are also some no-till food plots methods too, Google them you'll be surprised.
Lots of hunting pressure from deer leases all around me also.
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Old 03-03-2021, 02:46 PM   #4
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do you have pens around your feeders? if not, I would start there to keep hogs off the feeders. NE TX deer like thickets.
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Old 03-03-2021, 02:50 PM   #5
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Other variables to consider that will depend on how well you hold deer. Food sources is one & certainly won’t hurt to do all you can
Bedding areas is another
Water sources
How much human activity or hunting pressure
Most likely you get deer passing through or pushed off surrounding leased properties
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Old 03-03-2021, 02:54 PM   #6
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Lots of hunting pressure from deer leases all around me also.
That's perfect if you can make your property a sanctuary you'll be in great shape. Remember does can be decoys for when the rut heats up.. As for quality of bucks that's going to depend on neighbors and whether they do the if it's brown its down thing. Tough part will be limiting your own traffic on the property.
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:08 PM   #7
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do you have pens around your feeders? if not, I would start there to keep hogs off the feeders. NE TX deer like thickets.
No pens. But hogs just showed in the past year.

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That's perfect if you can make your property a sanctuary you'll be in great shape. Remember does can be decoys for when the rut heats up.. As for quality of bucks that's going to depend on neighbors and whether they do the if it's brown its down thing. Tough part will be limiting your own traffic on the property.
Limiting traffic is a problem. Kids like to ride 4 wheelers and that is the only place to ride. I have actually thought to not brush hog in there except maybe once right before season but It grows up bad around the feeders if I don't keep it mowed. I only mow the pipeline between my pop-up blind and the feeders. I have one feeder set up about 100 yds on each side of the pop-up on the pipeline. I also mow the fence row.
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:27 PM   #8
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Limiting traffic is a problem. Kids like to ride 4 wheelers and that is the only place to ride. I have actually thought to not brush hog in there except maybe once right before season but It grows up bad around the feeders if I don't keep it mowed. I only mow the pipeline between my pop-up blind and the feeders. I have one feeder set up about 100 yds on each side of the pop-up on the pipeline. I also mow the fence row.
Sounds exactly like my wife's family's 40 acre property in Missouri. We bowhunted there every season, and then came the kids and 4-wheelers. Deer became scarce. They recently bought the adjacent 80 acres to work on bringing back some opportunities.
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:29 PM   #9
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Throw up a protein feeder, right in the middle and put a pen around it. It helps keep deer frequenting your property. I hunt 60 acres and they hit it harder than the corn.
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:31 PM   #10
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We have 40ac in west tx. IMO anything under 50ac is to small to hunt unless you had a rare set up next to big piece of land or something like that. You might get lucky and kill something but actually hunting a big buck would be a 1 in a 10 year thing if your lucky IMO
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:34 PM   #11
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Starting October 1st, keep the kids out.
Hunting pressure on the surrounding property will push them on to yours if it has little activity,
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Old 03-03-2021, 03:41 PM   #12
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I hunt in similar conditions. I have no problem holding deer, but I also have a major water source on my place and good bedding neighboring my place.
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Old 03-03-2021, 04:29 PM   #13
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We hunt 15 acres at the house. We have food and water and large neighbors that don't hunt. Works out pretty good.
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Old 03-03-2021, 08:08 PM   #14
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I hunt 80 Acers I feed year round and have 4 120 gallon water tanks
I strongly believe the water brings the deer in
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Old 03-04-2021, 06:16 AM   #15
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No pens. But hogs just showed in the past year.



Limiting traffic is a problem. Kids like to ride 4 wheelers and that is the only place to ride. I have actually thought to not brush hog in there except maybe once right before season but It grows up bad around the feeders if I don't keep it mowed. I only mow the pipeline between my pop-up blind and the feeders. I have one feeder set up about 100 yds on each side of the pop-up on the pipeline. I also mow the fence row.

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Old 03-04-2021, 06:57 AM   #16
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Lay off the mowing, especially the fences. Pressured deer don't like being forced across openings. Only clear what is necessary to shoot. If you're worried about woody growth taking over those areas then mow after season. I own small properties and the only mowing I do is with a sling blade a couple weeks before season.
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Old 03-04-2021, 10:19 AM   #17
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Lay off the mowing, especially the fences. Pressured deer don't like being forced across openings. Only clear what is necessary to shoot. If you're worried about woody growth taking over those areas then mow after season. I own small properties and the only mowing I do is with a sling blade a couple weeks before season.
I could mow it in the Spring after it dries out. Hopefully, it won't grow too much over the Summer.
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