Deer, especially mature bucks seldom leave their home range. In fact, the home range size of bucks often decrease as they mature.
Are there many mature bucks in the area? Are hunters on neighboring properties passing immature bucks?
Deer need food, cover, and water daily. To encourage deer to spend more time on the 50 acres where you hunt there needs to be an attaction. You mentioned white oaks. I assume there are white oaks on the adjoining property (the 800 forest). I would consider establishing a tree plot with fruit trees that aren’t available locally. Check out http://www.FlatwoodNatives.com or call them for more information about treeplots!
Water is probably plentiful in the neighborhood. That leaves cover. Cover is strongly associated with hunting pressure. Is there more hunting pressure on your property or the neighbors? Where will mature bucks feel the most secure – be alerted the least?
Can you approach/access your property from multiple directions? For example if you can only access your property from the south and there’s a south wind it will be tough to get to stands/blinds without alerting deer.
By the way, my wife, Tracy, is from North Carolina!
November 19, 2015