There is a long farming tradition in my family. It was my great grandfather who started the business and we all carried out the tradition. But, it’s not the only tradition I inherited from my father, and he inherited from his and so on. We are hunters, too.
We own a piece of land and woods and I am the only person in my large family who prefers hunting in open field rather than woods. The reason is simple – it is much easier to hunt a deer in the non-wooded area than in wooded and here is why. First of all, it’s much easier to get to open field than into the woods; meaning the fields are much closer to our ranch than the woods. But that’s certainly the main reason for choosing open areas over woods. The main reason is that deer spend much less time in the woods than in open fields, it’s much easier to track them and much easier to decide where to put blinds or a hunting stand.
For example, if you have to cross the filed of crops and you see there is already a path made by somebody else, would you make another one or use the existing one? Of course you would use the existing one, but the deer would too. So, you can easily set up a blind in a clean shot range, for a rifle or for a bow, and wait for deer to come.
Deer go where there is food and water. Mostly, they eat corn and soybeans, and those are the fields where I hunt them mostly. But, you have to know that deer only enter the field at dawn or twilight; so it’s pointless to wait for them during the day. Other important thing to remember is that deer most often don’t go deep into the field. Mostly, they eat from the edge, as far as they can reach, and they go all the way around.
If you have any water at your fields it is almost certain that deer will visit it. Deer often like to sleep at our pond and whole herd of about 40 deer can be seen there often. So, your job is simply to place you blind or stand and wait for them to get thirsty. Don’t shoot all of them, of course.
Our land lies on our woods on one side and the creek flows on the other side of our property. There are deer trails all over the woods and field. But the easiest way to pick the waiting spot is to locate their exit path from the woods, or entry path into the field, if there is any significantly deep trail.
Sometimes, when the creek is low, deer love to cross it and to refresh themselves in it. But, when it’s raining they usually avoid it, because they are not good swimmers; however, they are smart enough to notice that the water level has risen.