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Right after the rut, bucks are attracted to areas with high-quality food sources that will quickly replace weight loss after the fighting, chasing and breeding activity surrounding the rut. The only problem is, it can be scarce.
If you are not proactive in assuring the deer on your land have a high-quality feed designed to deliver proper nutrition, and by proper, we mean a scientifically proven formula of ingredients that we have come up with over years of testing to assure Big & J products are safe and effective deer attractants and supplements.
We know most hunters care about the deer herd and want the best for the animals, but too many folks are unaware of the complexity of deer nutrition. They place 50 pounds of corn out, and think the work is done. Sure the deer will eat the corn, but in reality, feeding deer straight cracked corn is unhealthy due to its high starch content.
To avoid problems that may arise from feeding deer straight corn, we recommend adding Big & J’s XX nutrional deer feed supplement to provide a maximum level of nutrition. XX serves as an excellent addition for whitetail managers already using corn or other feed by combining a high concentration of proteins from processed grains and refined soybean oil and increased mineral content that includes calcium and zinc.
For land managers and hunters looking for all the key ingredients in one bag, the formula of BB2 deer supplement will provide deer with the essential nutrients they need and crave after the strenuous rut. BB2 is a nutritionally well-balanced supplement and deer attractant that promotes health in deer herds during the winter months.
Hunters who still have a tag to fill will find the long deer attractant power of The Cube mineral supplement block to be helpful in their late season hunting pursuits. If you are looking for a block that will supplement and attract deer after the rut, check out The Cube. It lasts longer than other blocks on the market, will not mold and is meant to be consumed by the deer, not licked like other rock-hard blocks offering no aroma to attract deer. Hunters wanting to cut down on human contamination in an area will appreciate the long life of The Cube – especially in the late season when hunting pressure is high.
Although the peak of the 2012 rut may be in the books around most of the nation, the deer are not done traveling. Bucks will travel a long distance to find a good source of nutrition that will boost their health before the stresses of a long winter arrives. Keep your deer herd healthy and on your property by feeding them the nutrition they need and crave with Big & J deer feed and supplements.
Unless you planted rows of corn to specifically hunt over, chances are it has been harvested already and the deer that were buried in it are now looking for habitat that the cornfields once provided them. Big & J deer supplements will attract deer that are relocating from the food and cover that vanished with the standing corn.
Food is what drives deer movement. Even during the rut, the does will be looking for food and the bucks will be looking for does. Once the corn is gone, deer will be searching for another food source. It may be acorn flats, neighboring agricultural fields that have not been harvested yet, food plots or areas you have placed Big & J deer feed. Simply put, deer will be looking for new areas of food and cover once the corn is gone. Attract moving deer to areas you hunt with the long range scent attractant power of BB2, XX and The Cube.
After the corn is shelled, many of our customers tell us they start getting pictures of bucks they saw in the summer again. They thought these deer had disappeared. The deer didn’t disappear, but were hiding in the corn. After it was gone, they relocated to areas that will serve their nutritional needs. Other customers say they will see deer they have never seen on the property before. Post-harvest is a great opportunity to attract bucks from bordering properties that are looking for a food source to replace the corn, and because Big & J products are long range attractants, there is a good chance deer will flock to your supplements. Once they try it, they will be hooked and continue to use the area.
An early corn harvest is good and bad for deer hunters. Standing corn will hold deer on your property but they are hard to hunt when they are hiding in the large fields. When it is removed, the deer are forced to the timber where they can be hunted easier as long as there is enough food. Give the deer on your property a backup food source and begin to attract more bucks when the corn is gone. Big & J deer feed placed around cover is not only a great substitute for cornfields, but it will also attract deer where you can hunt them more effectively this fall.
The rut is one of the best times to hunt mature whitetails. Big bucks throw caution to the wind and become as reckless as they will all season in their search for does ready to breed. With so much deer movement taking place, many hunters rely on random chance and hope a big deer walks by their stand. By concentrating deer in your hunting areas with a high quality deer feed that attracts big bucks, you can depend less on luck and more on predictable deer movement.
Mid-October, around most of the country, is a good time to start influencing the does’ patterns using a long-range deer attractant they cannot help but crave and visit regularly. Deer feed attractants are often overlooked by hunters as a rut tactic while calls, scents and decoys blitz the deer woods – especially in areas with high hunting pressure. But often rut hunting success comes down to hunting does and waiting for a love starved buck to show up. Put simply, does are searching for food, bucks are searching for does, and you are searching for big bucks.
Place some BB2, XX or The Cube deer feed around your stand locations and the long-range aroma and natural ingredients will attract and hold deer in your area throughout the rut. It will only be a matter of time before even the most isolated bucks show up to court the does.
The key to hunting the rut is to intercept bucks as they travel in search of a mate. With the exception of food plots and mock scrapes, deer feed is the only method hunters can force deer to go where they want them to. When using most of the other tactics, the deer dictate where we need to go to hunt them. Here is a good plan for using attractants and supplements to bring the deer to you:
1. Start conditioning the deer to visit your deer feed sites as a source for quality nutrition a few weeks before the pre-rut.
2. Place your deer attractant upwind of your stand. Back off the feed site far enough to be downwind of not only the plot but also downwind and in range of a good travel corridor or funnel. Often times a mature buck who has survived his share of hunting seasons will scent check an area without exposing himself to potential danger by traveling downwind of it.
The key to hunting the rut is to intercept bucks as they travel in search of a mate. With the exception of food plots and mock scrapes, deer feed is the only method hunters can force deer to go where they want them to. When using most of the other tactics, the deer dictate where we need to go to hunt them. While all the other rut tactics have their place and time, the most consistent technique is to hunt near does and wait for the bucks to come. Add the best nutritional deer supplement and attractant to your rut tool bag. And remember, review all local and state regulations regarding supplemental feeding and baiting of wildlife in your state before using deer attractants and supplements.