How would you provide supplemental feed if there’s lots of predators on the property?

By Grant Woods,

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I am a young hunter from MA and I just got my FID and hunting license. I have received permission to hunt a 10 acre lot with a brook and lots of great cover. My aunt owns the surrounding property but I can’t hunt that. I can however plant food plots and manage deer there. We have an extreme amount of predators and I was curious how you would suggest feeding deer though the winter. I have seen 3 bucks on the property and would really like your input on increasing the population. It is next to hundreds of acres of reservoir property that I know produce good deer.
Thank you,


It sounds like you have a good place to hunt!  Supplemental feed stations can make it much easier for predators to pattern deer.  If the deer are healthy I suggest you don’t use supplemental feed. If you need to feed, then consider spreading it along interior roads, etc., to simulate deer foraging on acorns, etc.  This will make it much more difficult for predators to pattern deer.

Enjoy creation,


February 11, 2016