Or put the bait farther away and hunt the trails leading to it. Just becasue their not showing up until 9, doesnt allways mean their not in the area before then. We only use bait in certain areas to hold them in the area but we never hunt directly over it.
We also found that deer, especialy bucks will wind check bait piles, meaning they will approach from way downwind to either scent check for a hot doe or for human scent. Heavy pressure and human scent can surley keep them away during daylight hours.
Does the area you are hunting typically hold deer? You may want to consider adding other things a deer needs. Like a bedding area or a water source. Both of these would greatly increase the amount of time the deer spend in your area. The more time they spend in your area the more times you have to make contact with them.
Try a programable cast feeder. Programs the quantity of feed dispersed and what time(s). This in effect will program the deer if used properly.
A huge bait pile will train the deer to visit during the safest time - night (for the most part).
What ever you do, don't sit close to the bait. With a ML you should be at least 50 yards away. The deer are extremely skittish coming off the firearm deer season and will be for quite some time. They will not approach the bait calmly.
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