When it comes to scouting for your next big buck there are tons of ways to go about it. From checking trails, rubs and scrapes in the dead of winter when the woods seem to look like an architectural blueprint of where every deer lives, to spending your spring picking up antlers that tell you exactly who is still out there, and what kind of potential they really have. Maybe you’re like us and you spend your summers driving the dirt roads in your area hoping to actually lay eyes on that dream buck. Or you want something tangible for your efforts, so you strategically place trail cameras out to catch a picture of the deer nobody else knows about. Whether you already do all of these things, or none of them, our goal is to give you some proven fine-tuning points that will help you get the most out of any scouting you do. In May or June the only thing going on in the deer woods is bucks beginning to grow their antlers back and does are starting to have little ones. This wouldn’t seem like a very good time to do much scouting for whitetails and for the most part you would be right. However, there are a couple things you could be doing.
Set out deer feed
Believe it or not, May and June can be a great time to set out food blocks or mineral blocks and put a camera on them. Yes, it’s true you won’t get a picture of a fully racked giant buck, but what you will get is deer finding your feed or mineral site which will help in the next couple months when the bucks’ racks are fully developed, and they return to your smorgasbord.
Add protein to their diet
The great thing about doing this is you can be improving the health of your deer herd by feeding them beneficial nutrients they may not be getting elsewhere. Feeding minerals at this time is extremely advantageous for the does as they are under a great deal of stress from both giving birth and raising their newborns. While feeding your deer during this time may not deliver immediate results, anytime your deer are healthier they have the potential to grow larger, because when they have access to certain nutrients, they have a better opportunity to reach their maximum potential. Even though we do utilize feeders in some areas, one of our favorite ways to feed is by using a pre-made block. They are easy to handle and carry into remote locations, they also seem to last longer than dumping bags of food on the ground.
One quick tip: don’t put your blocks in random locations, keep them in areas where deer are naturally feeding. Placing food in the wrong area can actually do more harm than good. For more information on how to attract and feed deer to support growth, check out our YouTube channel, or become a member of Raised Outdoor and follow along all year long.
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