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Softening a field edge

Discussion in 'Whitetail Deer Habitat' started by Termie33, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. Termie33

    Termie33

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    I was just curious if anyone has had any success "softening" a field edge with a tall food plot such as whitetail institutes power plant, or monster plots magic beans. What i mean by this is, it is not uncommon for deer to hang up in the shadows until after legal shooting light. If you use a tall thick plot in between the field edge and the blind/stand, would it be feasible to believe that the deer might be more comfortable moving into the plot and closer to the blind before darkness settles in?
     
  2. Hear fishy fishy

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    Whitetails love edges and often the more the better. Switch grass for providing some cover next to food plots. Pines next or in food plots work well. If you plant some pines in the area they can help to break up deer movement and your movement to get in and out of stand and not disturb the deer.
     
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  3. Waif

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    If hunting the shadows instead of the field is not an option....
    Irregular shaped mowing on the/an edge late spring early summer might encourage earlier daytime browsing without the same exposure during fall.
    If deer are educated/conditioned to not being in the open during daylight ,you might be looking for a solution to being in/hunting the exposed field during daylight yourself.

    A dependable "field" of sorts for me is small and has lots of cover around it ,and a mowed annually narrow but varied width border. Some areas the shorter cover goes for yards vs. feet.
    But ,when deer are using it while I am hunting ,the small size opening is just fine by me. Vs enlarging it into a bigger "field", though tempting.
    With conditioning/ pressure as season progressed last year ,deer began skirting the field opening and preferred to browse its spring mowed irregular border near cover.
    With cover only a jump away ,field edge mattered more than size of open field. (Or so I tell myself when debating more field space.)
     
  4. Muskegonbow

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    Wow it took ten years for a reply.


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  5. Hear fishy fishy

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    I figured it would be nice to post something and this as it could be a really good discussion.
     
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    Guess nobody here ten years ago had a response.
    Till now. l.o.l..
     
  7. smith34

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    Just really, really, really needed to think about this one first!
     
  8. Captain Sea Cow

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    Poor Fella gave up deer hunting due to lack of responses on here.. lmao!
     
  9. stickman1978

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    He was active last Friday maybe he will be back.
     
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  10. stickman1978

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    If they are not coming into the field until after dark there has to be a reason. Find that and fix it.
     
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  12. Jet08

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    It took you 10 years to come up with this!? :lol:
     
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