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Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs #1987312
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I am in an 1800 acre hunt club in Russell County. Beautiful piece of land, 12 hunters, 30 food plots, low pressure. What we have experienced this year is a spotty acorn crop and basically failure on the food plots which were seeded twice. On neighboring clubs they feed protein and corn year round.

Last year we shot 1 Quality Buck, this year none so far while one of the neighboring clubs shot 9 last year. (They were cited for baiting last year). This year we had some pictures of nice deer and a fair number of tracks running around, then the recent rain storm and cold snap hit. I thought the woods would be on fire, instead it seems like most of the deer have left the property. We are getting no pictures, very few tracks.

My question is this: Does aggressive feeding year round on neighboring clubs kill the hunting on a club that does everything else right but does not feed?

Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987318
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We don't feed during the year and see a ton of deer and have killed some nice bucks. Now granted, none have been killed in plots, but have been killed in clear cuts, power lines and road crossings.

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Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987330
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I can only guess that year round feeding with premium groceries will hold deer on a property. I wish I had the money, time and energy to do year round feeding.


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Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987341
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Sounds like you don't have any food and they do. Find out what natural browse your deer are eating

Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987381
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Even if deer are eating on the neighbors they (some) should still live on you. Every deer does not move to where a feeder is. Every year there is a dead period at our place of 7-10 days where you would not think we had a deer. It has to be attributed to the rut in some way imo

Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987386
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The other club could have better bedding and that would affect them more than food in Alabama

Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987387
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How much pressure y'all put on that property? 12 guys on 1800 acres. 30 food plots seems like a lot also.

Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987388
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12 members on 1800 acres does not sound like a low pressure Club.

Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987436
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Uh YES! It can cripple deer hunting on lands that are not feeding just as heavy. The only exceptions are if they have bedding areas they prefer on neighboring lands.Ive had this happen with neighboring property that feeds by the ton . Since money is no object neither is the amount of feed and supplements they put out. 3/4 of the deer that we used to see are on their place.


Two roads diverged in the woods and I took the one with deep ruts,hills and mud.It may be bumpy but WHAT A RIDE!
Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Hogwild] #1987449
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Originally Posted By: Hogwild
12 members on 1800 acres does not sound like a low pressure Club.


What do you consider low pressure then?

Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987454
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12 members on 1800 acres isn't bad if you keep riding the roads & checking cameras etc is kept to a minimum


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Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987485
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Well, lets just say that we have food plots that have not had anyone sit in them yet this year.

THAT is low pressure!

Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Hogwild] #1987530
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Originally Posted By: Hogwild
Well, lets just say that we have food plots that have not had anyone sit in them yet this year.

THAT is low pressure!


he said there are 12 hunters on 1800 acres with 30 food plots its possible that there is a food plot that hasn't been sat

Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987536
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I really don't know the answer, but I'll share a similar experience. For several years 3 of us leased 600 acres in Chambers Co. That was the absolute BEST bow hunting land I've ever been on, period. It was stupid how many deer that land held, and when the white oaks bore, son it was ON!!! No crap, I've seen 20 does at one time on a small ridge. You could kill a deer every morning and evening if you wanted to. Couldn't overhunt it either it seemed, you could kill a deer from the same tree every day for a week. This land was about 50% short pines, 25% huge pines with sage and privet underneath, and the rest scattered hardwood patches. We had 6 plots, one of which was 1.6 acres and would look like a Tecomate commercial. But once those acorns were gone, so were the deer. We seemingly had everything they needed, but every season if you didn't kill your deer in bow season, you were done! I do not believe anybody even close was feeding them, but it was like a seasonal pattern....the later in the year it got, our deer just vanished. They wouldn't even touch those plots very much except for a couple of does here and there. We wouldn't get any pictures, nothing, they were just gone. Next year, they were right back though. I just think in some places the deer have seasonal homes?....like you have a beach house you live in all Summer, then move back home in the Winter. Heck if I know.

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Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987539
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You could be right.

But, my experience with Clubs says not.

12 members, at least 6 have kids. Other 6 have friends and family. And, they don't like to hunt......but, they just like ot sit in a patch and watch to relax. LOL

SO, every weekend, at least 1/2 the patches are hunted and ALL of them are visited/scouted.

Just been my past experience.
Everyone else's may vary!

Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Hogwild] #1987543
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Originally Posted By: Hogwild
You could be right.

But, my experience with Clubs says not.

12 members, at least 6 have kids. Other 6 have friends and family. And, they don't like to hunt......but, they just like ot sit in a patch and watch to relax. LOL

SO, every weekend, at least 1/2 the patches are hunted and ALL of them are visited/scouted.

Just been my past experience.
Everyone else's may vary!


well i guess i wasn't thinking like that luckily i have always hunted with people who didn't bring a lot of guest

Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987549
01/11/17 02:54 PM
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YES ! They may bed on you and only feed under the cover of darkness. NOW is the time to be feeding to attract does. Attract the does, the bucks will follow. I was in a club once next to a hunting preserve. the preserve closed during Christmas and the owned fed corn heavily while no one was hunting there. We saw ZERO deer during this period. Corn trumps everything during periods where browse is scarce.


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Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987565
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Id be alot more worried about a neighbor doing rotational burns and creating good habitat rather than the neighbor that just dumps corn out. But I don't think either would affect your hunting unless you have property that provides nothing for deer.
IMO on 1800 acres, you can have the right 12 guys that create very little pressure. You could also have 1 wrong guy that could pressure the place to death.


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Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: Condor] #1987569
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Well heres my $0.02 lol - first of all 12 members on 1800 acres in my opinion is def not a high pressured place. Now this club may be different but Ive never seen every member in a club all show up every time all the other members do. Secondly, I dont think the feeding has as much to do with it as bedding does. If you can find where they bed at, and its on ur property, then you can kill deer no matter what the circumstances. Theres a lot of days, I think that instead of coming to corn and protein, they eat greens. I think its kinda like we are, we dont want the same thing to eat everyday.

Re: Effect of feeding deer on neighboring hunt clubs [Re: MC21] #1987684
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Originally Posted By: MC21
Originally Posted By: Hogwild
12 members on 1800 acres does not sound like a low pressure Club.


What do you consider low pressure then?


We have a total of 3 guys hunting 800 acres. I would consider that low pressure but we still have to be careful and watch where we sit or just the 3 of us can make them nocturnal or I guess I should say more nocturnal.

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