In order to attract deer, you need to consider many things. The type of bait, the type of animal and many other small things need to be catered. In the case of deer hunting, similar considerations are the must. This is usually the difference between an amateur and a professional huntsman.
Deer attractants are readily available in the market but deer was hunted even before man knew processed food. Therefore the kind of attractant is not as important the method you employ for attracting the deer into the kill zone.
The deer need proteins and carbohydrates to prepare themselves for harsh weathers.
Corn is one food item that fulfills their requirements. Deer love corn and the smell of corn. It is not only easily available but also cheap.
Mineral based attractants are not considered illegal baits in many states and are available at a relatively cheaper price. Chestnut is another natural food that the deer love to eat, rather are hardwired to prefer it over any kind of food.
Apart from food, scents can also be used to bait in deer. They are also cheap and not considered legal bait in many states.
Things to Consider Before Buying Deer Attractants
Before buying a deer attractant from the market you need to consider a few things. Not all deer are attracted to all kinds of bait all throughout the year. Therefore you should know the following factors before using an attractant:
- Type of deer
- Region of hunting
- Legal factors
- Brand name
Deer attractants are divided into broad categories from which you can choose. They are:
- Spray based
- Solid food based
- Blocks based
- powder based
Deploying Deer Attractants
Buying or preparing the best-known bait but not knowing the method of deployment will render it useless. Research and plan ahead on the method of deployment of bait. For a broader view, the following methods can be used in unison:
Cameras can be setup where you have placed the bait. Pictures or live feed will help you calculate the amount of time a deer spends in and around the bait in one specific area.
Use the bait to lure in the deer closer to your tree stand. Make sure you calculate the range and angle of the shot well before the deer enters the area. Pre-calculation will help you make the right decision on the spot.
The whole point of an attractant should be to get deer to slow down and stop for a moment and if you put more effort than just pouring it onto the ground and leaving you’ll get better results. This can be done by placing in already in their path in the funnels. Another good place is on the side of the trees which makes the deer big enough for a clear shot. Be clever and take home a lot of deer meat while you return.
Protecting the Deer Attractant
Bait like corn or other items, are equally good attractants for other animals in the hunting area. Make sure that the bait is not easily accessible to small animals. Keep it at a difficult location so that the deer can reach it only. Don’t put heaps and heaps of bait in one place so that it is not an animal fest attraction.