MY NEIGHBOR HUNG A STAND FACING RIGHT ONTO MY PROPERTY
I’m sure he did, because you’ve killed a few good ones and word travels fast in deer country. You aren’t alone. It’s happened to me, and to celebrity hunters like Lee Lakosky and Mark Drury too. My solution? I’ve employed a number of tactics, including stapling 12-foot-high sheets of plastic to close off shooting lanes the trespassers had cut into my property. I think my best work was placing a battery-operated clock radio in a nearby, vacant pop-up blind and setting it to go off at 7 on opening morning. Others, like Lakosky and Drury, have taken slightly more tactful approaches. Listen to either of them speak on the topic (or read one of their books) and you’ll find a common theme: They use that pressure to their advantage. Lakosky, for ex-
ample, almost never hunts the timbered areas of his properties. Instead, he creates food plots in areas well away from overzealous neighbors and leaves the core areas of his properties as pressurefree sanctuaries. Deer will move into these safe havens (and away from the pressured property lines) and visit the secure food plots in daylight. —T.H.