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Baiting help

I have a small 7 acre hunting plot about 45 minutes from my house. Last season was the first time that I got to hunt it and did no preperation for the season. This year I am trying to get an early start on being prepared. The land beside mine is quite large with a cow pasture on to of the hill a cut over and then a pine thicket. That land is hunted by other people also. I am trying to get and hold deer in my area which is all hard woods and thicker. Now to my question. I started about a month ago putting out corn and peanut butter. My peanut butter is always empty but I noticed today as i was putting new out that it seems to be melting. Is it to early to put this stuff out due to the weather being 95 degrees and is this the right stuff to be putting out? Also if I am putting it out to early, then when should I start putting it out? I have also put out around 5 salt licks and some mineral blocks also. I don't think anything is touching them right now. Any help would be appreciated cause I have no direction or help to ask. Thanks.

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Re: Baiting help

I origionally made the subject called baiting help. That was a bad choice of wording, all I meant was feeding help to attract deer to my area. All food sources will be removed by hunting season. Sorry if my choice of wording was bad. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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Re: Baiting help

My take would be that the deer probably have enough to eat in the way of fresh browse that they really aren't going to key in on your feed. I would think that the does should be using the salt block as they are lactating, but the bucks usually don't hit my salt lick until their antlers start hardening off. If you have thick cover and you don't pressure it I would think that would be enough to have deer bedding on your small piece. Just my 02 cents as I've never fed the deer other than with a mineral lick during the growing season.
Good luck

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Re: Baiting help

Thanks for that response. I am going to back out of the area for a few weeks and then start back around late august or september again. I am also researching game cameras to put by the feeders for some more helpful knowledge. Once again thank you for your response.

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Hey no problem 10pt. I bought my dad a bushnell trophy cam last year for Christmas, it's been a darn good little cam for him. Great battery life, pretty quick trigger speed, takes nice pics and only runs about 200$. The scoutguards are essentially the same camera with a few minor differences and they would be a good cam to look into also.

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Re: Baiting help

Good deal. I have heard about one that some how links to your work computer so you can check out your photos at anytime. I bought me a new feeder but I will wait a few weeks before I put it out.

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I usually start corn in Aug. I live in oklahoma so by then its dry and deer are ready for a change. I would start baiting in Aug. and get a trail camera and set up nearby. This will tell you what deer are coming in and how often. (and how many 1,0000 racoons you have if your like me). Trail cameras are one of the most fun things you can do and really pass the time until season rolls around.[attachment=2]coon attack.JPG[/attachment]

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Re: Baiting help

Gk, looks like you need to let the coon dogs out or set out some traps. That's a lot of racoons for one place. They'll do a number on your turkey/quail eggs if you have any.

10pt, anothter good camers is the Moultrie line of infared cameras. I have the I-40( I think). The other model is the I-60, just diff mega-pixel camera. You can get them for under $200. Good luck

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Re: Baiting help

Thanks for the recommendations on the cameras. Man there are some coon hunters I go to church with that would love to be on your place for a couple nights.

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As has been mentioned this is

As has been mentioned this is a tough time of year to bait. Its summer time and the living is easy - food is readily available everywhere. Short of becoming a whitetail biologist and studying the feeding patterns, preferences and nutritional needs/challenges of your local deer population its a tough go.

Trail cams are a huge help in helping you identify a potential target.

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