Hey Guys. I hunt on my father-in-laws 150 acre property. There is 5 of us who hunt the land. We are all relatively new to hunting and this is in New York. We actually wanted to pose this question to you. We hunted this past weekend hard. Spent every hour in the woods. We use quads as transport.
The neighboring properties are also woods which including ours totals about 500-600 acres which are hunted by other hunters. All is private property but we are unsure the total number of hunters. We saw some smaller bucks but nothing worthy of shooting. Now considering all the hunting we did this past opening weekend, we assume the deer are probably starting to feel pressure...if not a lot. What are your thoughts? If they are feeling lots of pressure now that opening weekend is over, what tips do you recommend proceding forward to try and locate those hard to find older bucks under pressure. Again this is in New York where we do no not have a great buck to doe ratio. Any advice would be appreciated.
I wouldn't be riding quads around. I walk quietly to my tree stand, taking a route of as much concealment as possible.
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In my mind 150 acres is not a lot of ground for 5 hunters in my area. Yours may differ. The rut should be going on, so the bucks are going to be chasing the does. Do you have a food plot on the 150 acres? Anywhere you see does the bucks will follow. Find a place where deer are traveling. Get seated in a tree stand or a blind and stay all day long. Walk to and from your blind. Save the quads for bringing the deer out of the woods. Every property has a "best " spot where your chances are the best. Find that on this property and then spend as much time as possible there.
If baiting is allowed then you may want to try that. In some areas that produces well. Look for well used trails to set up on. Best of luck. Bruce
hello, having spent my life(65yrs.) deer huntin N.j,N.Y,P.A`&Maine I've found that deer after opening day now become more nocturnal then ever.Maybe if by the end of the 2nd week with no pressure you may have activity since bucks still search for does.Inmy experience you should seek the heaviest cover and sit there of course watching wind direction. On that small piece of land you will need luck since deer could be on a piece of land not hunted and not move except after dark. Deer sense that human activity and can shut down completely day time. Also holding out for a trophy can mean no venison for some time. So sit tight and dress warm so you can out sit others and maybe they will bounce a buck by you!good luck!
I love my ATV, but on 150 acres I can't see it being your friend. Hopefully, more eastern folks will chime in as most western hunts individuals cover much more ground than the 5 of you are.
We hunted elk on 90 acres as part of a family deal. Realistically the elk were going to end up there once in the season. It was thick swamp, and where they would go when pressured. Once they were busted out they wouldn't be back for the season. A couple of guys on the escape routes the rest push the cover.
Locally some of the guys are having luck with feeders on small properties. Like has been said if you have some rut, if your property has the does the bucks won't be far.
Whatever combination, of feed, cover, and sex your place offers above the neighbors property is where they'll be. Not to start a family feud, but the area has too many hunters. Some sort of coop with the neighbors should seriously considered. Somebody gets left out though.
I've hunted the Northeast for 45 years, including New York State. A couple of thoughts; most hunters are opening day hunters and feel if they don't get their buck on opening day, their chance of getting one is just about impossible, and bail out. They may go out on Saturday. The deer traveling through your area, particularly during hunting season will be traveling in an area of a mile or more. It is highly likely there are older bucks in the area and they rarely follow the patterns of the younger bucks that account for 90% of the deer taken. They will move during the day, generally 10-2, mid day, when most hunters are at the diner or gone home. The colder, or worse the weather, the better. Pick a stand on a well used trail with sign, and located at a sweezepoint with adequate cover, wind to your advantage. Our best bucks have been shot after the opener, including the last day, but the opportunity for the shot is is measured in seconds, and the time has to be invested.IMO.
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Thank you all. Let me clarify something quick. The reason I mentioned ATV is because I KNOW they are bad and can scare deer but I have no choice in the matter. The hunting land is my father-in-laws and he insists on 2 ATVs for the 5 of us. We use them to get up to the top of the hill/mountain...then...we walk to our stands from there. He is almost 60 and has bad knees so regardless of whether I walk or not, he will be using the ATV for transport so I might as well join on. The good news is, we do go in quite early so there is a solid hour if not a lot more before sun up that we are in our stands and the quads are parked a decent ways away. My father-in-law is very stubborn and you cannot change his ways. It's his way or the highway and hunting land is very hard to come by where we are.
So that being said, that's why i came on here, too see what you all would recommend.