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northspear

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northspear

im hunting about 10 acres this season. just wondering what other people hunt for small acreage. and how your luck is. i have private on all sides and only one guy hunts maybe two.

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slimngrizzly

I guess the spots I hunt are all bigger.... but theres often times where only 10 acres out of the 160 thats worth a #&%*! It just depends what 10 acres you have!

Really it often only takes one time out in the right tree!

I would think the key on a 10 acre piece would be NOT to overhunt it!

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LightningBG

I hunt a 10acre parcel quite often. Plenty of bambis coming through there. If I had 100 acres, I'd still hunt in the exact same spot and still have the exact same range with my bow.

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Bear55

I guess the spots I hunt are all bigger.... but theres often times where only 10 acres out of the 160 thats worth a #&%*! It just depends what 10 acres you have!

Really it often only takes one time out in the right tree!

I would think the key on a 10 acre piece would be NOT to overhunt it!

This! The right 10 acres is better than the wrong 400. Like slim said don't overhunt it or the land will likely be ruined in a couple of weeks. Find some public land nearby and spread out your hunts.

I know guys that are married to their 80 acres and they think they have it great because they are on private land but when that land gets too much pressure the deer shut off. I don't know how many for sure but I probably access 5000 acres of public land in a given year, never hunting the same spot more than 1-2 times a season.

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HunterLee

I hunt a guys stuff that amounts to well over 300 acres but the one tiny woods/ funnel is maybe 5-6. Can't go wrong unless its the wrong 10 acres

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Rippinlip

Both of my main pieces of land I hunt are small, 10 & 25, both have about 1/2 of that tilled up into crop land.

We make sure to hit several pieces of public land to give these a break.

I have over hunted them in the past and pretty much turned all deer nocturnal or blew them out of the area.

Pick your days to go and don't over hunt.

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Archerysniper

I have a 10 acre chunk that I hunt and it's one of my best spot I will normally hunt it only once or twice a year and take 1 or 2 deer off of it a year.

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Hoyt4

I have a 60 acre place to hunt but break up hunts with a 5acre spot in the metro. I took a good buck and two does off the 5acre. Could of shot a few more deer. I'm just a funnel to larger woods.

I use my acre for after work hunts and to give my better spots a break when needed.

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InTheNorthwoods

Remember, you can only hunt one spot at a time. If you have the right spot, it doesn't matter how much land you have access to. The biggest problem with small acreage, is the inability to try manage the herd. But as is mentioned by most everyone, that doesn't matter if you have the "right" 10 acres.

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bigbucks

Hunted a 5 acre piece one year that was great. I really was only hunting on maybe half an acre. It was in a buddy's backyard, but he was selling the place & it sold.

I agree with others who said it all matters where & what it is & don't overhunt it. I can't personally imagine that being my only spot, don't know if it's yours or not. I probably hunt 15-20 stand sites a season, just in archery.

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deerminator

I've got our 2 acres of woods surrounded by a couple dozen more owned by our neighbors and friends bordering cropland. I only have a couple of stand sites in there and its been productive over the years. Since its sort of residential and I'm hunting a few hundred feet away from houses, the key is to reamin undetected through low pressure and knowing the patterns well through trail cams. Once you get busted in there, it goes cold for awhile. Drive through those woods in the car down a driveway and the deer don't look twice at you. Walk through in camo with your bow and they're a blowin' away.

I have another property I have permission to hunt with a couple of stand sites on 80 acres, most of which is cropland with a few fingers of woods and a sanctuary of woods, grassland. I stay out of the sanctuary completely, maybe hunting the edges. I set up on the fingers of woods instead, one of which has a deep ravine and creek flowing through it. Point being, though I have 80 acres here, I really only favor 2-3 spots that allow me to get in and out easily undetected. I have one spot picked out where I missed on a nice buck last year that is easy enough to get into but I'm going to for certain bust a deer or two on the way out. I'm going to try that spot once or twice this year but I'm planning on that being under perfect conditions and that it might be my last time hunting it for awhile if I do get busted by a herd. Or I may just sleep in my blind that night!

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Stratosman

I hunt two farms in all total about 700 acres, the one farm is mostly cropland with about 80 acres of woods, the other has about 200 acres of woods, I try to stay out of most of it and only have about 8 stands and the same areas tend to hold deer year after year. I would actually like to find a couple smaller parcels to hunt between 20-40 acres and spread out some more.

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northspear

thanks for all the tips. i will try not to over hunt it. sounds like that will be the biggest tip i got. so thanks very much. now just to find some public land.

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Bear55

You shouldn't have any trouble finding vast amounts of public land up near Tenstrike.

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northspear

i should change where im from. i just moved to the duluth area. so i need to start riding around and looking. i know around tenstrike there is tons of it. and i will be going back there to do some hunts.

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psepuncher

fresh deer sign equals opportunity

I mainly sit on a 2 acre transition zone with a couple of stands in the area for different wind patterns.

If it's your first time

sit longer, a littler higher up {with safety precautions} and be scent free as possible. Refrain from using deer attractant scents, and hunt the wind.

Doing something like this, you might be able to start patterning deer in your area, make adjustments as you go along.

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Bear55

i should change where im from. i just moved to the duluth area. so i need to start riding around and looking. i know around tenstrike there is tons of it. and i will be going back there to do some hunts.

Duluth has a pretty sweet city hunt you could apply for, lots of huge bucks have been taken right in town. There also should be plenty of public land within a half hour drive of duluth too.

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