Having trouble hunting a small hunting property? Or the ever rolling fields of agriculture in the mid west? Well your not alone! The whitetails that inhabit this rich land are nothing less than elusive. Over the years the mid west has become known as the whitetail mecca, attracting many hunters from all over the country. Though it may prove to be a challenge to shake hands with a mature buck.
Number one thing i stress is get to know your area, spend the time early in the year putting boots on the ground. Understand how the land lays, how the wildlife uses the land. Find out the dominant wind direction, locate water and food sources. This will only help you in making the decisions on access, stand location, bedding etc.
Next on the list is wind, this is something one must take very serious when hunting these type of small wood patches and properties this part of the country offers. These whitetaild seem to live more off scent than any whitetail I’ve had the pleasure of hunting. See these deer get so much action from farmers, recreational activities, not to mention there is a house every mile. The endless webbing of back roads and rivers make for just enough pressure to keep the deer on the move but not enough to make them comfortable.
Paying attention to wind at all times will lead to more success! This comes into effect when setting stands, checking cams, hunting and access. Spend the early summer seeing how wind moves through your hunting area, just cause a wind is blowing in the right direction for a certain stand it may very well carry the wrong way through the timber. This will allow you to fine tune your stand location accordingly.
Discovering bedding is very important on determining access to property, stand location and pressure. Using these bedding areas to your advantage is key, hunting between them and food source in early season to hunting the edges of bedding during rut, and then returning to intersecting between bedding and food source in  late season. If you discover deer do not bed on your property try to determine where bedding may be around you by looking at topography maps of the area and base how they access your property off that.
Deer have to eat! Finding the food source on your property or surrounding your property is a deadly move in the never ending chess match. Food sources can range from a variety of things and can change throughout the season. Again knowing your land plays a huge roll in determining how the deer are accessing the food source and when. Spending the time with boots on the ground and trail camera’s can also play a key role in successfully using these food sources. This will alow you to know what times the deer are entering and leaving the area.
Stand location is crucial in success, getting close but not to close is a constant game of inches in a small hunting area. Going 30 yards to far into a wood patch can make or break a hunt, knowing where food source and bedding are located will play major role in this step as well. Always place a stand on the downwind side of the desired target area, keep the wind in your face and your scent to your back. I always like to place my stands on the back side of the tree, it allows you to stay hidden as you get into position. Again these deer have had everything in the book thrown at them, any little thing you can do to better your stand location will pay off big time later.
One wrong move on a small property can make or break your hunting season. Stay focused think smart and move with precision, and good luck out there!