I would concur that food and water sources are the most important aspects of getting and holding deer on any property. I only have 78 acres, but I have a pond, on one end and a running creek on the back end. I also have 7 food plots planted in between the two water sources, with six permanent stands on the property. At least 25 acres of the property is too thick to get into and is the back side bordered by the running creek, also on one side is 28 acres of property that is owned by my cousin and other than a few poachers, no one ever goes into that area. Most of my property is planted pines, with a gas pipeline on one portion and an open pasture near the highway and close to a couple of houses. My food plots are planted on areas that were left open on purpose when the pines were planted, specifically for food plots, and I also plant along a fence row, on the gas pipeline, and on a power line that runs close to the pond. I have at least 4 trail cameras out year round, and also being in the lowcountry of SC where it's legal to bait, I put out corn on the plots where I have the cameras. This provides me pictures that help identify which deer need to be killed and which ones need to be left alone to grow.
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