Like I said there is good cover, bedding, water different food. I just need to know what I am missing or doing wrong that other then doe they don’t wanna stay here. Thank you Dr. Grant.
It appears you hunt the largest block of cover in the area and that there are ag fields to the south (below the houses), west, and north. I prefer to hunt cover as that’s where deer spend most of the daylight hours!
I’d suggest developing a hidey hole (relatively small) plot near the north and south property borders. I suspect deer will use these hidey hole plots as staging areas. This would allow you to have a stand/blind for days when there is a north and south wind. I wouldn’t venture very far into the property. I’d work to limit disturbance there and allow the deer to use this area as a sanctuary and hunt the edges where deer enter and exit the property.
As time allows I’d develop a staging area that’s favorable for the hunter to access, hunt, and exit with a north, east, south, and west wind without alerting deer. I suspect local bucks will use this area more once it’s managed as a sanctuary and they feel secure there.
December 6, 2015