Post season survey strategies without bait?

Discussion in 'Trail Cameras' started by Chipdasqrrl, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. Chipdasqrrl

    Chipdasqrrl Active Member

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    Starting this year, it is illegal to feed deer in Michigan. I’ve always liked putting a camera over some corn or beets in December to see what bucks survived the season, but now I need to find something else.
    What’s a good strategy to take inventory on what deer are on your property without the use of food? I can’t get a food plot to last until winter so that won’t work either.
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  2. PineSapJunky

    PineSapJunky Well-Known Member

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    According to Bowriter every deer known to man uses a licking branch year round. Might want to try starting one. All you need is a saw and some Jiffy extra crunchy.
     
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  3. catscratch

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    I would suggest a licking branch.. that's my go-to anyway. Another option is finding a well used trail.
     
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  4. weekender21

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    I’m hoping to get pictures on my cereal rye plot and trails this year. Not many winter pictures last year. I have an extremely high stem count due to logging and I assume that is the primary food source January through March.


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  5. Native Hunter

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    I'm guessing that the change also includes mineral licks, because that would be the next obvious choice. A little salt and grape coolaid will bring them right in to the camera.

    If minerals can't be used, I would go with what catscratch said. For the trails you would be better off at intersections and pinch point type features. Good luck.
     

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