Late Season Deer Hunting: What You Need to Know for Success
Anyone that has been hunting for some time knows that late season hunting is all about the food. However, if you're new to late-season deer hunting, you may be clueless about what this means. This article will shed some light on this.
Best Food Sources
For late-season deer hunting, you need to make sure that you have a feeding area for your deer to come to. You need a mixture of standing beans as well as corn. With this type of food in place, you are going to see your big game during the day. Your food plot is going to attract all the deer – including those buck that you have not seen while the sun has been out. This is because they are forced to go with the rest of their herd in order to get that nutrition.
Best Hunting Times
Most people will hunt in the afternoon and early evening rather than the morning. This is so that you can get in and out without being detected by the deer while you are trying to scope out where they are eating and sleeping. Your best bet is to get into your tree stand in the early hours of the afternoon and keep an eye for the deer to head back to their sleeping area from the food plot.
Best Hunting Tactics
You will need to use your scouting strategies to determine your best hunting tactics during the late season. Some people will find that hunting at the food plot rather than the sleeping area is the most successful while others find that it is easier to find a middle ground between the two. It's better to be at the food plot, though, because your scent will be more concealed (with the right direction of wind) and it is much easier to enter and exit when needed.
Ultimately, the late season is all about the food – the type of food, where the food is at and everything in between. Buck are normally smart, but they'll be hungry and they'll make their mistake. Hopefully, you'll be right there to catch him!