Attract Bucks During the Rut with Deer Feed
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.