The Trifecta to Keeping Deer on Your Property
Deer need three vital sources to stay on a property – water, cover and protection. Why not spend some of that left over budget money on any of these items to help improve the lease and manage the deer herd?
One way to spend that leftover budget is to help the herd out with food sources or improving the ones already established.
Applying the money towards food plots like Domain can bring great return on money well spent. With the money leftover you can purchase seed needed to plant food plots to attract the local deer herd. Establishing food plots can help keep the herd healthy as well as become a target area to harvesting a few whitetails. If you don’t have the equipment to establish food plots you can always use some of that money to contract a local farmer with the equipment to implement these food plots for you.
Don’t have the area to implement food plots? That’s ok, there are still ways you can spend your money to add or improve food sources. Feeders, mineral blocks and improving mast health throughout the property will provide more food for the herd and if you are hunting in a harsh winter area this will help fatten them up to stay healthy throughout the cold months.
Investing in equipment to do hinge cuts or to plant a cover crop could help the deer feel more at home on your new lease. They can create bedding areas and travel seamlessly throughout the property if they feel secure.
Lastly – creating a water source throughout the property in key areas that ensure there will be drinking sources for deer is critical to upgrading the property if it doesn’t already have it. From simple ponds dug in the ground to catch rainwater to an extensive watering system anything you do to create water sources for deer will be worth the investment.
Whether it’s adding food plots, creating cover and water sources, enhancing the habitat with these three necessities for deer herd will help sustain the herd and keep the herd healthy and satisfied. It would definitely be money well spent!