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late season strategies?

by , Posted to on 12/05/2011 2:50 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/01/2003
Location: ND
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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by on 12/05/2011 3:08 PM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/12/2007
Location: ND
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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by on 12/05/2011 3:30 PM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/07/2007
Location: ND
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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by on 12/05/2011 3:35 PM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2005
Location: ND
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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by on 12/05/2011 3:37 PM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2005
Location: ND
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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by on 12/05/2011 3:39 PM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/03/2004
Location: ND
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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by on 12/05/2011 3:54 PM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/05/2007
Location: MN
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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by on 12/05/2011 3:57 PM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/07/2007
Location: ND
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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by on 12/05/2011 4:04 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/19/2005
Location: ND
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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by on 12/05/2011 4:06 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2005
Location: ND
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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by on 12/05/2011 4:08 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 02/09/2003
Location: ND
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...

Hunt Hard and NEVER GIVE UP

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by on 12/05/2011 4:08 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/19/2005
Location: ND
bowhunter_24 Said:
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)
Or move the bait!  I really think you could decoy him in!  Either as a doe or if they are aggressive just try the old buck scenerio.

Hunt today like there may be no tomorrow!
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by on 12/05/2011 4:10 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2005
Location: ND
I think Swanson should dress up as a deer...now that firearms season is over and everything

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by on 12/05/2011 4:12 PM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/19/2005
Location: ND
I think if you shoot your deer early you won't have to be deer hunting when you could be ice fishing!  I will be thinking about ya while I'm all warm pulling jumbo's! 
Hunt today like there may be no tomorrow!
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by on 12/05/2011 4:13 PM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2005
Location: ND
bontop2 Said:
I think if you shoot your deer early you won't have to be deer hunting when you could be ice fishing!  I will be thinking about ya while I'm all warm pulling jumbo's! 
i dont like you anymore.


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by on 12/05/2011 4:15 PM | Reply #15 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/19/2005
Location: ND
bowhunter_24 Said:
bontop2 Said:
I think if you shoot your deer early you won't have to be deer hunting when you could be ice fishing!  I will be thinking about ya while I'm all warm pulling jumbo's! 
i dont like you anymore.


I got ur number I'll make sure to send you pics this Wednesday when I'm out.  I'm taking the girlfriend on her first ice!  Should be interesting!
Hunt today like there may be no tomorrow!
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by on 12/05/2011 4:27 PM | Reply #16 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/07/2007
Location: ND
bowhunter_24 Said:
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)

well Hunting where I am there isn't much choice right now with every deer in the county south of me, I haven't seen a deer in the area where I hunt in a month until saturday of course on cam at night but not in the daylight, sooo feed is needed hahaha.   I will try moving the feed, although i have 3 feed sites out on the same property hasn't helped much.  and the decoy thing just might work

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by on 12/05/2011 4:46 PM | Reply #17 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 05/05/2007
Location: MN
a decoy now ill most likely scare the crap outta the does now. since they are usually the first ones in. 1 snort this time of year and after all the hunting pressure
 of course if your in a spot that had little hunting pressure it may be worth a shot.
the more food you have in your mouth, the better you can taste it !!
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by on 12/05/2011 5:17 PM | Reply #18 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/13/2006
Location: ND
 I would want to use a doe decoy know but like mentioned the does may spook the buck out. Does seem less spooked by a buck decoy. I watched a little 3 point chasing fawns last night. He was pretty aggresive.

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by on 12/05/2011 5:24 PM | Reply #19 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/02/2005
Location: ND

My advice is to sit and scout a few nights from a distance here in the coming weeks.  You will see bucks start to feed pretty hard as they get ready for winter and the smell of estrus has disappeared.  They can be patterned similar to how they are in the late summer.  Find the food and find the deer.  You may have to become very mobile.  Get a ground blind set up early on a travel route to a feeding area so deer get used to it plus, it will save you on those cold/windy nights.  I have had my best chances at big bucks from now until the end of season!!

I have had good luck using a doe decoy as it seems to relax any deer that are coming out as they have been chased around...           

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by on 12/05/2011 6:21 PM | Reply #20 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 09/07/2007
Location: ND
solocam Said:

My advice is to sit and scout a few nights from a distance here in the coming weeks.  You will see bucks start to feed pretty hard as they get ready for winter and the smell of estrus has disappeared.  They can be patterned similar to how they are in the late summer.  Find the food and find the deer.  You may have to become very mobile.  Get a ground blind set up early on a travel route to a feeding area so deer get used to it plus, it will save you on those cold/windy nights.  I have had my best chances at big bucks from now until the end of season!!

I have had good luck using a doe decoy as it seems to relax any deer that are coming out as they have been chased around...           



my blind has been in the same spot for about 2 months haha, soooo they are used to it. the wind was perfect on sat and sun for it too sooo don't know why, besides they already ahd a doe with him, hard to pull a buck away from a doe when hes is not being challenged I guess

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