Im hunting when I made camp opening week there was some non hunting campers already there. I talked to them that first day. They said they had not seen any deer in there two days of camping and nature walks. The next morning heading up the trail at o dark thirty getting three miles deep I came upon a herd of ten bucks with four bruisers in it. I saw three different groups of four to five bucks the following days. It was always the first hour or so after daybreak and the last 45 minutes of light. Rest of the day nada no deer spotted. Id say that be the pattern first and last light around feeding and bedding transition areas. Didn't even see tons of deer sign but they were there likely holding to well used trails travel areas so sign not all over. Also I was hunting at high elevation. I know not your unit but likely following the same pattern.
Same here. The ones I saw were just after first light. Then they're gone. If I was hunting them i'd be still hunting bedding areas. Once they get some pressure from hunters. You won't even see them at first light.
Here is an inexpenive and effective deer feeder I made recently.
No batteries to go dead, no hoisting it up in the tree, plenty of capacity, very easy to fill - so far, I love it.
I have made two of these and they are easy to build.
An empty 55 gallon drum, some 2x4's, some PVC tubing and fittings, a little bit of hardware and some paint - and you are ready to go.
I designed it so you can stand on the lower rung and fill it - the top is about 6.5 feet above the ground.
It holds about 375...