Deer have simple needs, they want cover, bedding, food, and water. The better you can meet those needs the better your hunting will be. Protection for deer usually means trees, bushes, and terrain that shield them from weather. Either your property has those features, or it doesn't. There isn't a lot you can do about it if it doesn't. The same is true with water. Fortunately, there are some things you can do for bedding and food.

Deer like elevated locations where they can watch activity below. They also tend to pick spots with ground behind them that breaks up their profile. If you have a spot like that, then you've got a good place to create a bedding area. Burning and clearing the ground is a good way to promote the growth of vegetation that deer prefer for bedding. While you're at it, also remove rocks and other objects that deter the bedding down of deer.

A green field is a great sustainable resource. If you have one, you should be making the most of it. Start off by spraying to kill what's there, do this a month in advance of planting. Then spread your food source of choice. Alfalfa and clover are always popular choices and provide a high level of protein throughout the summer months. Choosing a mix of clover types can keep your green field green well into the season. It's a good idea to check with your County Extension Office to see if there's anything you should do to the soil to promote a successful green field. For example, the ability of clover to pull nitrogen from the air depends on certain bacteria being in the soil. You are going to want to know your soil's deficiencies, the County Extension can help. After you've planted, be sure to weed and feed.

You'll be unhappy if the deer devour all the sprouts before they have a chance to grow into a mature green field. So, set up feeders nearby to give the deer something to eat while your field grows. Feeders are also ideal for providing additional minerals that deer need. Plus, nothing works like a feeder for patterning deer.

The ability to get to exactly where you want on your property is something we all take for granted until we can't. Never neglect your roads. Keep them maintained and free of debris. There's no telling where your patterning will take you, make sure there's always a road to get you there.