Finding the “hot” or most preferred food source has always been important for archery hunters in October. That’s even truer this season, when most areas of Missouri hold fewer deer than they did just a few years ago.
Deer seek and eat white oak acorns like candy, and those small nuts have been hitting the ground for nearly a month around my hunting property. But I’ve found another treat that my deer can’t resist: fresh fruit. This has been an exceptionally productive year for fruit trees, and many landowners I know with orchards have experienced an abundance of apples and pears on their trees this fall.
I have a pair of pear trees, and both the quantity and quality of this year’s fruit is off the charts. My family has enjoyed eating our share of fresh pears, but we’re not alone. The ground around those two trees is littered with deer tracks and droppings. It’s the hottest feeding spot I have on my property right now.
If you’ve been struggling to find deer in your neck of the woods this month, look for the most preferred food source. And then look for the trails leading to and from that spot. It’s almost a guarantee that you won’t kill a big buck at that smorgasbord, because he won’t be feeding there during daylight hours. But if you position a stand along the trail he will walk on his way to eat in the evening, you’ll have a great chance to put your tag on him. Good luck out there!
- Todd Pridemore, Local Hunting Pro