Early Season Food Sources for Deer
As fall arrives on our doorstep the need to stay ahead of the game, and ahead of the whitetails changing behavior becomes evident. This is the 2nd installment of a 20 episode series devoted to help you stay ahead of deer movement, behaviors, and trends. The theme for this episode is food sources. Early season deer hunting should and will be a focus on food sources. The two biggest early season food sources for deer worth mentioning are green food plots or crops, and of course acorns.
The first of the early season food sources to discuss would have to be acorns. For the Midwest these include white oak, swamp white oak, northern red oak, bur oak, black oak, and many other subspecies. These all have variable amounts of acorns and which year they drop. The best way to stay ahead of the deer during this time is to anticipate and scout the early season food sources for deer. In this case it is taking a pair of binoculars and scanning oak tree branches for acorns. The other big early season food sources for deer include food plots. These can be in the form of large feeding plots, but poor man plots or kill plots have seen a lot of success in years past. These small less than 1 acre poor man plots are perfect staging areas or small food plots perfect to use as kill plots. Bill also discusses where to hang early season tree stand locations, and how to go about figuring out where to hunt.