I hunt approximately 450 acres of private land in northwest Wisconsin. The land is a mix of hardwood ridges, softwood thickets (popple) with a few small swamps. Bordering this land to the west is a large section of land that was clearcut two years ago. I don't have permission to hunt the clearcut proper. The mast crop is good this year.
Everyone says you need to hunt the food sources during late season, but we have zero agricultural fields or food plots that we can hunt. There are grass fields and some standing corn about a half mile or so away. The deer I've observed the last 2 weeks are still active in our area. They seem spread out, feeding on browse and acorns. But, deer movement is way down, and sightings are way down too.
Given this description, where do you think is the best place to hunt late season?
I am leaning towards setting up along the edge of the clearcut. There is lots of old buck sign along this edge, the clearcut provides food, and the acorn ridges and flats are close by. The western/southwestern exposure provides some thermal advantage, too, I suppose.
I also have stands in the hardwoods, but with the snow and cold and groundcover knocked down, these areas feel really empty.
Thanks in advance for your help.
"As the light grows dimmer and the trail begins to fade, my sweetest dreams are those of yesteryear, at deer camp."