deerhunter, I'm also in SC's lowcountry and find that moon phases are especially helpful. I killed a doe on Sept. 19th at 6:20 PM, with plenty of day light left, and then I got an 8 point on the 21st at 7:20 AM, I plant food plots and use the yellow candy as bait. What many folks who are unfamiliar with the coastal plain geography don't understand, is that traditional stalking (still hunting) isn't an option in our thick swampy areas. I get trail cam pics of deer from dark to dawn all of the time and they are on the food plots and the bait, but I also get pictures of them in the same places from dawn to mid day or middle of the day to early afternoon and late afternoon until dark thirty. The one thing I've noticed is the moon phase has a lot to do with the times of those pictures. If you will notice, there was a full moon on the 19th and it was still full on the 21st. Another thing to pay attention to is their bedding areas and whether or not you have maintained a sanctuary where you keep out so as not to disturb the deer. Using trail cameras that also show moon phases are one of the best tools for patterning the herd and picking your best opportunities, along with not checking the cameras every few days. Putting fresh bait out as the moon gets right, will also insure that the deer will show up when you want them. Do not just leave bait out all of the time, and keep your food plots planted with the right crops based on the season. Right now, you should be planting turnips, naked oats and Austrian peas for an optimal fall and winter plot, here in the lowcountry, coastal, and middle sections of the state.
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