Late Season Deer Sign

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  1. Kfili

    Kfili Die Hard Bowhunter

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    What does late season deer sign look like for you (primarily public/run and gun guys)? I found a bunch of leaves tore up from where I assume deer are "rooting" for acorns on one spot. What are you guys looking for in the late season? Tracks in snow will be nice when we get some.
     
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    Browse!!!
    Late season here means FOOD!
     
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    You said it. Food..I’m looking for acorns for sure. Honestly here our “crop” this year was awful. I keep finding certain trees they’re feeding on but the squirrels about have them all cleaned up. We just got a fresh coat of snow on so I’m headed out on a scout trip here in a few.


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    I see a lot of the deer eating on grass fields after dark. Something as simple as a small grass field or even the grass in someones backyard 400 yds away from bedding may give you a chance to arrow one during daylight.

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    I’m thinking about doing something I’ve never done after watching the hunting publics Ohio episodes. There’s a piece of public that’s about 1000 acres of reclaim. Thinking about going and doing some still hunting in that grass and seeing what happens. Nothing else get some scouting in for future hunts ha. We have fresh snow on so hard not to get out and scout...


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    I like it. Get out and explore.

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    The spot you found tore up could very well be turkeys. I found the same thing until I realized it was turkeys. I've seen the deer on green grass as well. we had a cold spell and then it warmed up about freezing and the grass was getting pounded. It cooled back down and have see less deer in the greens now. I would concentrate on corn/soybeans/acorns/natural browse for your area. I have a public piece I hunt in late season, that doesn't have any crops close. They really start hitting wild sumac this time of year believe it or not. It must get sweeter or something in winter. good luck!
     
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    If you have snow a foot or more head to red dogwood thickets or a white cedar swamp. This is for hunters up north.
     
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    Depends on conditions. Heavy snow food...anything standing. No snow and just cold, thermal cover and south and east facing slopes/ bedding. Finding an ambush between the destination food source and where they’re bedding.
     
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    is there any plants in particular you guys have found to be preferred browse... I have always heard this term but have struggled to find out what is preferred
     
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    ive never heard of deer eating sumac atleast not here in PA
     
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    red dogwood and willow, what is commonly called pussy willows in lowland areas, upland they browse hazelnut brush, also any protected apple and pear trees.
     
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    Dogwood, willow, sumac, I’ve seen them eating locust pods and also digging in snow to get to red oak acorns. They were also eating these tube looking chutes by the river that I have no idea what they are. I’m going to head back to that spot and collect some to get it id’d By a biologist friend of mine.
     
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    Weeds/ forbs play a vital role in late season deer!
     

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