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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
Re: Late season strategies?
I absolutely refuse to do drives where I hunt. We used to, and we never saw deer moving on their own accord in the late season, if we even saw SIGN of deer. Stopped driving the place, now I see deer more often than I don't when I go sit a stand on a food source or travel corridor. No, this isn't for everyone, but if you can manage it on the place you hunt (obviously only works on private land, if public land, you may as well just get there early so you're the first to drive the place), it is highly effective.
Next year, we plan to do more to grow/encourage growth of late season food that will keep deer feeding where we can have a chance to see them. I really enjoy the late season a lot. Not many people out, and I see just as many deer as I did in bow season. Plus, out of a few of us, I'm usually the only one who hunts then, so it's kinda nice having the run of the place. Like hunting with the others, but the solitude can be fun, too.