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New Land. HELP!!

Old 11-10-2014, 06:33 PM
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Default New Land. HELP!!

So last year I aquired a piece of land halfway through the Florida deer season. It is about 640 acres. About 60-65% of that being large fields. When I got the land I decided to set up a few stands and cameras just to see what this place was all about. This place is crawling with deer. But mainly does. I got a couple pictures of a decent 8 point and an old 6 point that looks like a cull buck. I mainly bow hunt so I was wondering what kind of advice/suggestions/tips you guys could offer me about getting bigger/more bucks on my land? Thanks!
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Old 11-12-2014, 05:44 PM
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As for as food plots, down your way, try Sunn Hemp as a summer plot. We tried this stuff fior the first timem this year where I hunt in SE Alabama. It grew great. And deer liked it. It grew fast enough to stay up with the browsing. For fall we use a mix of wheat, rye, oats and Crimson clover. Check with your local ag agent for advice.pH correction is a must for good results.
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Old 11-13-2014, 06:03 PM
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I'm to far north to offer good advice on what to plant in food plots, so I'll leave that to others. I will say that whatever you plant, do soil tests to get the ph & fertilizer levels right. Many, many hunters error in establishing plots by putting out more seed than is needed & skimp on fertilizer & lime (ph).

I would suggest that in addition to planting a few plots of what ever works in your area you do a couple things that pretty much work anywhere.

1. Locate your bedding areas. Thicken them up by doing some hinge cuts of saplings. Mature bucks seek out good thick bedding areas & you can provide them in this way.

2. Predator control, shoot and trap some yotes. This will increase recruitment in your yearly fawn crop, which will just plain help the overall heard health & balance.

3. As you say your property is crawling with deer, but almost no bucks, shoot does. Shoot all the doe you are allowed to for at least the first 2-3 seasons.

4. Establish at least 3 mineral sites on the property. NOT cattle blocks of salt or trace mineral, but properly formulated minerals for deer. I'll also suggest use of granulated mineral mix instead of block form. After all we want our antlered friends to get plenty as easy as possible. This can and will help all the deer. Does will have healthier fawns, and larger average fawn size as well. Bucks will grow better racks, both in mass & in how early they reach their max tine count based on the individual's genetics. I would suggest keeping these mineral site at least 150-200 yds from property lines & close to a plot, or good stand of oaks if present on the property. (A old & good practice with mineral sites is to place the mineral on a stump. You can also cut a pie shaped wedge out of a large downed tree limb, or trunk of a downed tree. Instead of mineral being soaked into the ground, it's instead absorbed into the wood. Reduces your mineral costs a bit & helps hold the mineral concentrated.

If you wish go ahead and shoot that cull 6 pt. as well. I'd not shoot that one 8pt. you have or other good buck you may find you have, until he's at least a 5 yr. old & maybe not then, you need them to breed all those doe more than you do on the wall.

All the very best to you sir! A prime hunting estate is real work to get going in the beginning, but in just a few years you'll reap the rewards of it!

Last edited by craig; 11-13-2014 at 06:13 PM.
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Old 11-25-2014, 06:26 PM
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Craig is Spot On in His advice......!
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Old 01-09-2015, 03:31 AM
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I am kinda in the same boat I got my 75 acres two weeks before rifle season here in missouri and started out with no deer and with predator control and a feeder and two mineral locations I am getting a decent 6 point and two big does on a regular basis( and a lot of coons)I already had a good setup for deer bedding but I think the doe are using it now.
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Old 02-12-2015, 08:06 PM
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Where is your tract of land located? If you own the land you have a lot more options, if you lease it you just have it till another guy out bids your lease.
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