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So been hunting a place off and on for 4 years. 600 acre parcel. About 180ish farmed, 300 crp and remainder lets just say is 120 is crp/pasture/ravine/dry creek bottom type area (but not in crp). First 3 years there had been cows in the 120 at least for most of the season. I tended the shy away from that area due to this but it has the water. Water is multiple spots. Ponds, depressions but mainly a large concrete water tank that as far as I can tell is heated and never freezes. I bounced between this area and another property with most time at the other property so first hand information is spotty aside from my cameras on this portion. They pulled the cows out mid November last year and set my cameras near the water for the first time. The deer are definately using that much more and arguably the best spot on the whole place. Quite a few day time pictures of the bigger deer in the area. Couple pictures attached of the 3 biggest I am seeing. There is at least one or 2 more of equal caliber in the region but I cant seem to capture a good direct picture of them.

In my experience the neighbors tend to shoot the deer when they hit 3.5 yrs old and certainly at 4.5. I am tagged out since early October and truthfully I only anticipate shooting 1 deer every 3 years off this place. My time gets split among 3 locations and they others tend to have larger deer but if these guys stick around this year and I can keep them more in my area they could be great next year.

Now, I have brought a second feeder in to set up. Its not a normal deer feeder, I am converting a 3-5 ton grain bin into a feeder. I paid $ 700 for it (zero rust and great shape) and a grain auger. My cost is about $ 350 in material and good 8 hours to auger the cassions and mix the concrete to set it. Not an easy ordeal. Once set, its where it will sit there for years to come and I wont move it. I have another 400 acre parcel I initially intended to use this on BUT when the cows are not there this 600 acre place looks great I am realizing. Toying with the idea of setting it up there or buying another grain bin to set up. Question, I can set it up and fence around it to keep cows out but are cows going to keep the deer out of the area? Yes, the cows to tend to congregate in this area when when they are there. I have no control over the cows and who knows how things will go with cows year to year. Might not be there for a few years or might be there every year.

Basically, how bad are the cows going to screw me up? Its not feedlot density, but a lot more than just a few cows. I would guess 20 or 30 but its just a guess. A lot more than just 5 or 6 cows. They also seem to trample the tall grasses/crp type stuff and vegetation in the area. I don’t have any data/experience from years past how the deer were using this area when cows were present.

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