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late season strategies?

Looking for some late season bow strategies?  I know its the typical "find the food source and hunt the food source".  What are the typical late season food sources?  I hunt in eastern ND on a small farm along a river so its not a big spot.  There were 2 soybean fields just outside the small plot of woods I hunt and they are now plowed up.  The deer do not bed in the small spot where I hunt, but bed close (I think).  What about other things?  Is calling a good idea this late in the year?  Still seeing deer on the camera, but mostly nocturnal with no apparent pattern.  The 2 nice bucks I've had on the camera all year are still around after rifle season.  Even had 2 does and 2 fawns on camera recently (I thought the fawns would've been kicked out already). We have no snow here, but I can still see their trails quite well.  Any other ideas?  

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Feed is key! The master baiters can do real well at this time of year! As the weather gets tougher bedding areas can shift to heavier cover and closer to food sources.  Fawns will run with their mothers until next spring right up until they fawn again.

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bigbrad123 Said:
Looking for some late season bow strategies?  I know its the typical "find the food source and hunt the food source".  What are the typical late season food sources?  I hunt in eastern ND on a small farm along a river so its not a big spot.  There were 2 soybean fields just outside the small plot of woods I hunt and they are now plowed up.  The deer do not bed in the small spot where I hunt, but bed close (I think).  What about other things?  Is calling a good idea this late in the year?  Still seeing deer on the camera, but mostly nocturnal with no apparent pattern.  The 2 nice bucks I've had on the camera all year are still around after rifle season.  Even had 2 does and 2 fawns on camera recently (I thought the fawns would've been kicked out already). We have no snow here, but I can still see their trails quite well.  Any other ideas?  

I am feeding, and and actually seeing deer which ahsn't been the case all yr, but theyare holding up to far away. they aren't even hitting the pile until after dark although that maybe my fault maybe they just know I am there or somthign is up and won't commit, I might have to trick them into it, thats why I am asking for a decoy


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just hang a stand where they "hold up". If I were a master baiter that is what I would do. I would slip in there the night u are gonna hunt and hang a stand. Then u catch them by suprise and wammy! I just don't see how hunting directly over a baitpile could work more than 1 night, especially this time of year.

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for the original poster:

They should start to get into more of a pattern now everyday. Colder temps and less pressure from rifle and muzzleloader hunters. I think a night of scouting would be a good idea. Just sit away from where you are going to hunt and see what they do. Then make a plan.
good luck

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Get a tripod feeder and load it up with either peas or corn. If there are deer nearby they will come.

 

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leave the call/decoys at home for the year.

the more food you have in your mouth, the better you can taste it !!

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bowhunter_24 Said:
just hang a stand where they "hold up". If I were a master baiter that is what I would do. I would slip in there the night u are gonna hunt and hang a stand. Then u catch them by suprise and wammy! I just don't see how hunting directly over a baitpile could work more than 1 night, especially this time of year.

problem is they are bedding there, about 50 yrds  from the trees where I would have to put up a stand , I only sit in the stand every couple weeks and they sure clean it up and the cam has pics of them being there during daylight.  There is no way to hang a stand without chasing them out of there bedroom that is my prediciment.


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I have had great success with a decoy during the late season!  I think it would be a good try anyway.  Especially since I watched a nice 145" 5x5 chasing a doe just a few days ago.  Doesn't hurt to try!

Hunt today like there may be no tomorrow!

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swanson Said:

bowhunter_24 Said:
just hang a stand where they "hold up". If I were a master baiter that is what I would do. I would slip in there the night u are gonna hunt and hang a stand. Then u catch them by suprise and wammy! I just don't see how hunting directly over a baitpile could work more than 1 night, especially this time of year.

problem is they are bedding there, about 50 yrds  from the trees where I would have to put up a stand , I only sit in the stand every couple weeks and they sure clean it up and the cam has pics of them being there during daylight.  There is no way to hang a stand without chasing them out of there bedroom that is my prediciment.

what if you move the bait?

My buddies and I talk about how kaka for coo coo puffs you are on here btw. HAHA. (not in a bad way)

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bontop2 Said:
I have had great success with a decoy during the late season!  I think it would be a good try anyway.  Especially since I watched a nice 145" 5x5 chasing a doe just a few days ago.  Doesn't hurt to try!

I too am seeing rut activity, I would give up on rut tactics just yet...

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