How do I get more and bigger deer on my 200 acres in southern Indiana?

By Grant Woods,

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I Deer hunt on 200 acres in Southern Indiana and four years ago there were lots of big buck and doe and now their are very few deer and most of them are small. How do I get more and bigger deer on my property?


Age or maturity is the largest factor in determining antler size.  The best way to have more large-antlered bucks is to not harvest young bucks.  Deer rarely travel outside their home range.  Bucks whose home range currently overlap the property where you hunt can be encouraged to spend a higher percentage of time there by improving the habitat.  

Deer need food, cover, and water daily.  They will use the best of these resources daily that they don’t associate with danger.  

Enjoy creation,


January 21, 2016