For many deer hunters, the month of March is a time to chill, relax, and take a break from the woods. However, there’s much to be done at this time in preparation for fall. In the video below, Jeff Sturgis, of Whitetail Habitat Solutions, walks us through the list of chores to consider for the month of March.
The Quick List of March Chores for Deer Hunters
Shed Hunting - March can be the perfect time to grab dropped antlers that have fallen from survivor bucks on your property. It’s not too early, and it’s not too late. It’s a great time to get the bone before they get chewed on by rodents. It’s a great way to take inventory of the bucks that made it through the season.
Shooting Indoors - With temperatures still on the chilly side, now is a great time to shoot your bow indoors. Whether it’s out in your garage or shop, or in a league at your local archery shop, be sure to stay sharp in the off-season with a regular practice routine.
Soil Samples - Now is a great time to take soil samples. This may be one of the most overlooked aspects of food plots. Is a soil sample really that big a deal? Yes! You need to know what your ground needs to maximize success on your plots this year. There’s no room for guesswork here. Get your samples, and know exactly what you need to put in the ground this year to better your soil.
SD Card & Camera Pull - March is the perfect time to pull SD cards to take inventory of your surviving bucks. It’s also a great time to pull your cameras down and back to the house for fresh batteries and maintenance. Most bucks will have lost their antlers by now, so there’s really no need to have cameras in place – unless, of course, you’re scouting for turkeys.
Frost Seeding – The frost seeding tactic is the perfect way to jumpstart your growing season. How does it work? Frost seeding is the simple process of broadcasting seed of desired plants early in the spring to allow snow and frost the opportunity to work the seed into the soil. It has proven to be an effective way to improve the quality and yield of your food plot.
Deer Blind Plans – The close of hunting season signals the arrival of the time for making plans and preparation for the next season. While treestands are coming down for the off-season, now is a great time to make plans for repositioning deer blinds that’ll stay up all year long. Move them now, and the deer will have all summer to grow accustom to the new box in the field. It’ll help your herd be more at ease in the late summer months as the season draws near.
Get these chores knocked out now and enjoy the months ahead with a lighter load as you close in on deer season.