Do deer have a reason to walk unplanted fields

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  1. Parkerg31

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    So on my property the farmer that owns just Disked 15 of our plots but is holding off to plant because Alabama is in a major drought and it would be a waste. The question is do deer feed in turned soil with no crops or just pass through. I hunted one yesterday that I saw tracks in with no luck. Note these were planted last year so hopefully we will have some regrowth.


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  2. Shocker99

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    im sure just passing through, maybe scrounging for a few morsels as they pass would be my guess
     
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    I have had success in open clearings/fields by food sources within relative proximity. Especially if there is water nearby. I think people refer to these as staging areas, like the living room where the family convenes before hitting the kitchen for dinner. I find most of my scrapes and sign in these areas.
     
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    A turned over field often brings up roots and things a deer will eat. Someomes things will sprout even when dry and the deer will eat the tenders. But they most likely will not spend much time there.
     
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    If the field has grown up a bit then there could be clover in it
     
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    love fresh earth. Dont know why but if you expose fresh earth, you will find fresh deer tracks in it.
     
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    I'd love to hunt over a decoy someday and an empty field maybe a good spot to try that.
     
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    You can clear any ground where deer are and they will come check it out. They are curious creatures by nature.
     
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    Once the rut hits you can setup on the edges and bucks will cruise the field edges looking for does. They can see further. Also they are lazy like us. Cleared field is easy to maneuver at night. Also like other said remember that deer are browsers they will eat the new tender growth. Especially late season when stuff gets sparse. Good luck.
     

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