Baiting with apples.

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  1. Oldcountryboy

    Oldcountryboy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've scored a ground covered with fallen apples. The guy said "yes, just pick up all you want, I want be using them".

    Anyone ever transfer a load of apples to another site for deer hunting? How oftern would you take a load with you?

    I wished youth deer gun season was closer so I could hopefully lure a big buck in for my daughter to shoot. But YDG isn't till Oct. 19 - 21st. I'm afraid the apples will be long gone by then.

    Wonderine what would be the best way to preserve a bunch of apples to make them last as long as I can. If I remember right, seems when I was a youngster my mom would wrap apples up in newspaper and store them under the bed and we would have apples way up to Christmas. Anyone know anything about this?
     
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  2. poorboy

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    Illegal to bait here in the Misery state, few years back a youngin' bawt a sack o' corn and carried it out to his deer stand an dumped 'er inna pile:indif:.. left the corn sack back in the back of his pickup,came back the next day to hunt..:whistlin:
    Directly the possum cop came along,:runforhills: stopped and seen the sack inna back of his truck, trailed 'im out to his stand an give 'im a trophy fer baitn' deer!:awh: Cost 'im a lot more than the corn!:clap:
     

  3. JJ Grandits

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    It's pretty illegal here to. Baitin' aint hunting, its fishing.
     
  4. gone-a-milkin

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    Considering how illegal it is to bait deer, they sure sell pallets of stuff in the dptmt stores. :rolleyes:

    To the OP in order to keep apples it is important that they dont have any worms in them or bruises.
    Better to pick them than to use drops.

    If they are nice and clean, undamaged, I have had good luck storing them in single layers w/ paper inbetween.
    Keep them in a cool place and check through them often.

    Good luck to your DD on her hunt this year. :)
     
  5. Micheal

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    I heard rumored that once upon a time a person took a few 5 gal buckets of apples from under one fruit bearing apple tree to a different "unfruitful" apple tree and scattered them about........ seems it was easier than to try and move a tree stand.
    Don't know if it would work - just dumping them out on the ground as "bait" though - nor the quanity you would need to attract deer to a "new" spot......
    There was no mention of trying to keep "buckets" of apples into the season.
     
  6. alleyyooper

    alleyyooper keeper of the bees Staff Member Supporter

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    Years ago when My brother and I were first starting to bow hunt (Oct 1st season opener.) we would take the tractor and loader to the apple trees rake them into the bucket, take to the woods and dump them near the tree stands. A good bucket load would last a week end, 2 days. Once the deer found them it was almost impossiable to get in the stand with out spooking deer off. Found the best thing was to fill a five gallon pail and take it to the stand when we went in to hunt, dump out the apples crush a couple and get in the stand. Deer would clean them up in a hour or so and move on. But would always have the late comers coming to look. Now there is wild apple trees all over the woods. There about 35 years old and most produce apples every year now.
    In UPPER Michigan they sell them in Nov when it is cold in plastic sacks. The deer seem to like them till they turn brown and are mushy.

    :D Al
     
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    Illegal here to bait deer. Have a relative in another state that puts apples in the freezer. Once it is cold the deer kick thru snow to get at them.

    Seems like it would be easier to find some cabbage or turnip when he needed it...
     
  8. Oldcountryboy

    Oldcountryboy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Not illegal here in Oklahoma, except on department lands, and that's only if you are using corn and anything with corn in it. Other then that, we can bait all we want.
     
  9. Oldcountryboy

    Oldcountryboy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Then I guess if you use a deer decoy (artificial luring device), or flavored scents such as apple or acorn to attract deer, then your just fishing instead of hunting.

    Maybe we don't have to buy a hunting license anymore, we can get by using our fishing license.
     
  10. Bearfootfarm

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    Take apples out a bucket or two at a time.

    Buy some apple juice and a spray bottle, and spray the juice around when you spread them.

    Then when you go hunting, spray juice where you want them to go.
    They will be used to the scent and know it means treats

    Just dumping apples where they have never been before could spook them, so start BEFORE the season opens
     
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    Apples in a cedar swamp don't spook deer. There is enough wild apple trees about around here they are used to it as they are corn.
    Just crush a few to release the scent.

    Gas stations and party stores here in Michigan make a ton of money every fall selling sugar beets, carrots, apples, shelled and ear corn. All but the corn is culls so the farmers have an outlet for them now.

    :D Al
     
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    Southern half of the state here you can hunt over bait. Northern half you can't !! I ain't figured that one out yet !!!
     
  14. frankva

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    That is cuz there are so many salt licks in the N.:)
     
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    we pick bags an bags of apples every yr,they work great and keep pretty well here,but its alot colder here than ok.yea the holiday and citgo gas stations here stock tons of apples beets corn and carrots every yr,they make a boat load of cash
     
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  16. Forestdude

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    I got a pear tree in the yard that deer used to eat from before I moved in and fenced it off. Over the past few years, I've brought pears out to the feeders and took pictures of what ate them. For the most part, the deer don't mess with them. Some of the younger deer will nibble on them, but they're mostly interested in the rice bran, corn or mineral block. Coons are usually the ones who really enjoy the pears.

    I gave out several 5 gal. buckets full of pears to a guy that uses them for trapping hogs.

    So, from my experience, the pears don't scare the deer, but they don't seem interested either. I guess it all might depend on how brave/experimental the deer are at your place.

    I'd throw some down and put a game carmera on 'em and see what happens.
     
  17. Calhoon

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    :goodjob: OldCountryBoy , I'd go ahead and put them out now , it'll take the deer a few days to find them , and you want them to feel safe in coming into feed on them . . they'll come in the night to feed on them , and they'll bed down close by , especial if theys a bit of water about .

    The safer they feel , the longer they'll hang about in the early morning daylight hours , and the better shot your daughter will have :) when cooler weather hits ,

    I'd save a few of the best apples in a stout cardboard box in a cool place , put them out a day or two before deer season starts , and your Mom is right , wrapping them in newspaper slows down the maturation of the fruit . :goodjob:

    If ya run out of apples , put out raisins , the deer love them both , and you'll already have them coming in to the apples , so they'll already be there .

    Deer Love Apples & raisins , and I'd put out some salt on an old stump on a trail to water as well , deer love salt with their apples , especially going towards water , but onct you put it out , don't go back until you're ready to hunt , have your stand or blind already up , then slip in and I sure hope your daughter gets a big 'en :happy:

    If you on private land , that is ... I wouldn't do on Gov't Land , just too risky.

    I've done the same many times to put meat in the freezer .
     
  18. alleyyooper

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    I have friend that uses marshmellows and blue berry syrup.


    :D Al
     
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  19. tarbe

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    Most places I have lived, you can't "bait", but you can plant food plots.

    I don't see the difference.

    If it is legal to plow and sow, you should be able to tear and throw, at least on private property.

    Just my $0.02 on the subject.
     
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  20. Calhoon

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    :happy: never have tried marshmellows & blueberry syrup , but I will , and thanks Alleyooper for the reply . It looks like it'd work just fine for deer and bear as well , bear meat is good too , ya know ? :) and that pure white lard is great as well :)

    Tarbe , I agree with you 100 % , I plant buckwheat for the turkeys , and put out 'yellow acorns' for the deer , :)

    I'm on my own land , though , just too risky to do so on Gov't Land . :grumble: