Hey Scotty, As you know feeding (baiting) wont hardly work on a mature buck and your chances of catching him during daylight are slim and none. Your best chance is during the rut, or pre-rut. Find where he is scraping and get up high and wait.......if the does are there, he'll show eventually.
I hunted in the national forest near huntsville, tx for 5 years before I took that big 8. I took some spikes and 4's during that time, but it took me 5 years to get that 8. I've killed many deer, bigger deer since but thats the one im most proud of. good luck
If he is coming in consistently at night then he is probably on to you and your patterns. I would try to figure out which way the deer is travelling and set up a new ambush spot in a diiferent location. These creatures learn quick or die.
Try baiting every other day at first light. Then hunt it right after you bait it. I still would not hunt that spot more than once or twice a week. Some of the deer will want to get to the feed before the others eat it all. You will most likely get a chance at a doe or young buck. I have never seen ANY large bucks on the feed during hunting hours.
howq do you get deer that only come onto your property at night to show up during legal shooting hours(baiting is legal where om from)?
They usually hangup out in the transition area under cover till nite time.You will have a better chance to ambush him in this cover by setting up 100 yards or so back . This way you may get shot at or around twilight time.
Let me start off by saying I am not a farmer.
I am a deer hunter and I do own a tractor and have all of the equipment - but that does not make you a farmer any more than standing in the garage makes you a car - well, you get the picture!
Having said that - and with most of my ineptitude fairly well hidden - I do think that buckwheat is one of the most under rated cover crops out there.
I say cover crop because I see mixed results as it relates to the deer eating the plants.