QUESTION: Bob, my Dad and I hunt next to a refuge where we get tons of trail cam pictures. We've captured three really good bucks on film, but all were taken at nighttime. Unfortunately, we didn't see a shooter buck in the daylight last season. How do we get them to come out during shooting hours? - Andrew J.
ANSWER: If you read last week's tip, you probably realize you're competing against eons of natural selection steering deer away from daytime movement.
And, if there's hunting allowed on the neighboring refuge, there's an even greater unnatural selection driving deer toward a nocturnal pattern.
Fortunately, if you scroll down to the links for our March 25 and June 24 tips, you'll find some more hope and insight.
Setting feeders on your property to go off around twilight could increase deer activity at these times.
If feeders are legal where you hunt, use them throughout the season. If not, you might be able to use them during the off-season (check your local regulations) then remove the feeders at the legally required amount of time before you begin hunting. These tactics will at least condition deer to move on your ground at these times.
If you haven't already done so, you should also determine when peak rutting activity occurs in your area. This is when you'll have the greatest chance of catching at least one of those mature bucks out and about during the daytime.
March 25, 2013 Tip: www.buckmasters.com/feeder-settings.aspx
June 24, 2013 Tip: www.buckmasters.com/nocturnal-bucks.aspx