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Deer Hunting: How Small Plots in Timber Attract Deer Within Range



Hidey holes are small plots created in the timber to attract deer within range. Hidey holes don’t feed deer year round but provide just enough food and create bottle necks for great hunting opportunities. Deer feel extremely safe in hidey hole food plots because they are always just a bound or two from cover. Prostaffer Bradley Luekenhoff created a hidey hole plot last summer and had a successful hunt just a few weeks later. Danny and Bradley do a lot of hunting in southwest Missouri, and one of the properties that they have permission to hunt is a block of timber surrounded by cattle pasture. Because of the habitats, cattle pasture and hardwood timber, there’s not a lot of quality forage for deer to consume. Bradley and Danny believed that if they cleared an area in the timber and planted a little hidey hole food plot that food source would be a deer magnet. The guys didn’t just throw a dart at the map and say, “We’re planting a hidey hole here.” They strategically designed the area for a great hunting location. Based on their past hunting observations, Bradley and Danny knew the northern portion of this property was an incredible travel corridor as deer traveled along the northern fence line and then went up into those hardwood fingers going into another chunk of timber. There’s an old logging road that runs along the northern portion of the property. And then it takes a small bend, forks, and goes down into the interior. This logging road is a path of least resistance, and deer love to travel that old logging road there on the north end of the property. This interior logging road, well, it had been opened up a little. So there was some sunlight hitting the ground, so they decided to convert it from an old logging road into a small hidey hole food plot. This not only created a great destination for deer as they traveled through the timber, but it also created a great bottleneck. Watch to see the hunt playout! #DeerHunting #TeamOutdoors
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