ORIGINAL: deer hunter
i have 2 acres behind my house and i am twelve do all the work my self and i need tips on how to draw deer to my set ups.... the brush is thick and i found a small clearing where i hung a ladder stand with a small food plot and a tater pile beside a small watering hole that is clearly used alot but ive never seen a deer from it there is a scrape appr. 20 yds from my stand. any ideas.... my other setup is a blind on a DESERTED dirt bike path that hasnt been used in well over two years, so the ground is very mushy perfect for food plots with cornpiles... PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO DRAW DEER TO MY SETUPS....i forgot to mention that i am twelve and each stand is within two hundred yards of my north carolina home
I think the problem you're going to run into, being 12 years old, is that you most likely have limited access to the tools you'll need to put in a decent sized food plot, plus being 12 and working on your own, there may also be limits to what you can do.
But let's say you've got a decent sized spot that gets plenty of sunlight. Clear the area as best you can of all brush and ground cover. Worse case scenario, get yourself a big toothed rake and a corn knife and plan on spending a few afternoons clearing things.
Once you get everything cleared out and you've got a lot of dirt showing, plant some winter wheat and some red and white clover. If you get snow in your area, don't bother with the wheat and this February go out and spread the clover seed for frost seeding.
Next spring you should have a foodplot that will start to draw deer early in the year and should keep them coming in all season long. Once deer get used to eating on the plot, they'll continue to show for the hunting season.
You might also get yourself a 50 pound block of salt and dig a 3x3 foot 6 inch deep depression in the soil, dump the salt block in it, and creat a salt lick. You can probably do that now, provided hunting over such is legal where you live.
The salt block and clover seed should cost you less than $20. It won't be perfect, but it should get you off to a good start.
Best of luck and let us know how things turn out.
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