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Making deer trails
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
cnelk 08-Nov-17
Rock 08-Nov-17
Ben 08-Nov-17
craig@work 08-Nov-17
cnelk 08-Nov-17
Lost Arra 08-Nov-17
JacobNisley 08-Nov-17
Rock 08-Nov-17
jax2009r 08-Nov-17
Bowriter 08-Nov-17
GF 08-Nov-17
Swampbuck 08-Nov-17
sdbowhunter 08-Nov-17
Tracker 09-Nov-17
Doofle 10-Nov-17
Mule Power 10-Nov-17
From: cnelk
08-Nov-17
Since everyone is sitting in their deer stand these days, on their phones waiting for Mr Big, I figured Id have a captive audience and ask a few questions about making deer trails thru tall grass/weeds

A place I hunt has changed in vegetation as they removed all of the cedars and some other trees in efforts of water conservation.

This has changed the deer patterns/trails.

So the question is if trails are 'made' near/under tree stands,will deer use them?

Many of the spots are now over-grown with wild marijuana and that stuff grows 5-7 ft tall and the deer make their own trails thru them, but not always in the best spots

When would be a good time to make trails? Summer?

From: Rock
08-Nov-17
Take a lawn mower or weed trimmer and cut trails where you want them the deer will find them and use them as it is the easiest path to follow. I have done this in the past and it works great. Also block trails you do not want them to use with dead trees, branches a fence etc, I have had excellent success doing this to force them closer to me for better shots.

From: Ben
08-Nov-17
A place I used to hunt had a lot of CRP land. Prior to season a month or two I would drive the truck in and out a few times to my stands where I wanted the deer to establish trails. Worked great! I've always said deer like people will follow the path of least resistance. Also when near a fence I will tie the top strand down to the second strand down to inhibit the deer to cross there as it is lower and easier to cross but, doesn't let cattle out. I've also used the technique spoke about above using down trees to direct deer movement a certain way.

From: craig@work
08-Nov-17
Agree works well. They follow the paths I make with a brush hog on my property rather than their pre established ones.

From: cnelk
08-Nov-17
I should have stated that this is on public land

From: Lost Arra
08-Nov-17
I cleared some paths to my stands so I would be quieter on morning entry. The deer seemed to like them and unfortunately they were very quiet too. I cleared them with weed eater and a hand sickle in the summer then walked the tall grassy parts with a back pack sprayer of round up. In two weeks it was a deer highway. The problem is I needed signage so the deer would know which were my downwind entry paths and which were their paths to my shooting lanes.

From: JacobNisley
08-Nov-17
I've hunted 2 different properties where the landowner brushogged a path through golden rods in the summer and I killed deer on those paths in October and November. They will make connecting paths but if the path you make goes the direction they are wanting to travel they will use it.

From: Rock
08-Nov-17
public land just use branches and small fallen trees to block paths and redirect them your way.

From: jax2009r
08-Nov-17
these use the skidder trails in areas logged that are made....maybe not right away so i dont see why not

From: Bowriter
08-Nov-17
Rock gave you the answer. As to when, doesn't really matter, just keep them open all year.

From: GF
08-Nov-17
‘Tis true that the animals will follow the path of least resistance - they’re really skilled at finding a path through the topography. So no matter what you do, they will probably “want” to stick to the ancestral paths.

For that reason, I would suggest doing as little as possible. Especially on public land. Find a good spot and if you need to divert the path in one or two spots to get them a bit closer to a good, safe tree, then you can get your shot without a major project that tells the whole world what you’re up to and where you’re doing it.

Besides - that crap turns into WORK!

From: Swampbuck
08-Nov-17
In my experience, yes they will. But they still disappear like ghosts in the thick sh!t like its a wide open door

From: sdbowhunter
08-Nov-17

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Use a lawn mower it works really well. I have loops all around the trees to have them follow the way I want them to follow and keep them mowed all summer long

From: Tracker
09-Nov-17
I don't make trails but I do block some to force the deer to take another path. I have also cleared downed trees that blocked a path the deer regularly use.

From: Doofle
10-Nov-17
Find a natural deer trail. Move your stand there. It works pretty good. No lawn work involved.

From: Mule Power
10-Nov-17
Yes and yes

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