Planting and hunting green fields can be very effective to concentrate deer and to draw deer from other properties. However, if you don’t create brush tunnels to hide your approach to the green fields, you won’t be as successful as you can be. In many states, hunters already have started planting their fall crops for deer. Green field hunting may be one of the most-popular ways to take a whitetail. By increasing the amount of highly-nutritious, very-palatable food for deer improve the number, the size and the quality of deer on your land also will draw deer from other properties.
But there’s one major problem in planting green fields that most of us overlook. How will you approach your green field? Within the first week of hunting from a shooting house, deer coming to your green field will start looking at the shooting house before they enter the field. The more you hunt from that shooting house, the fewer deer you’ll see. Therefore, consider the possibility of creating hunting sites all the way around your green field to take advantage of different wind conditions and to prevent the deer from knowing where you are, and when you’ll be there.
Develop new, thick-cover lanes by making brush tunnels you can walk or crawl through to approach your green fields without the deer seeing you. To have an effective hunting site, identify the trails that lead into your green field, follow those trails 150- to 200-yards away from the green field, and build brush tunnels to enable you to approach ground blinds or tree stands, without the deer smelling, hearing or seeing you. This technique is especially productive if you plant small hunting fields 100-yards away from your green fields. These small hunting spots can be created by taking a garden rake, raking the leaf litter away from the soil and using products like Hot Spot, M.E.E.N. Green and Full Potential. These hunting fields can be effective early in the morning when deer are leaving the green fields after eating at night and late in the afternoon as deer move in to get a little bite of green foliage before dark when they go to the big green fields.
Whatever method you use, if you become invisible as you go to your tree stand or ground blind, and use scent-elimination products and build brush shelters, then regardless of the wind’s direction, you can slip into your stand without being seen or heard and take more deer. Remember this caution. If you build a brush tunnel to approach a green field, deer also will use the brush tunnels for the same reason you’re using them – to keep from being seen before they step out into the green field. They’ll use these tunnels too as escape routes to leave the green fields.
By: John E. Phillips, outdoor writer and avid deer hunter.