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MY NEIGH­BOR HUNG A STAND FAC­ING RIGHT ONTO MY PROP­ERTY

Outdoor Life - - NO EXCUSES -

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.

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