Deer love apples, as anyone who has an apple orchard knows. Apples can be used to hunt deer by enticing them to come closer to a deer stand. Deer are wary animals but many can be tempted by the smell of a fresh apple. Hunting supply stores sell apple-scented deer attractants, but real apples work better. There is a strategy for using apples to attract deer, and getting deer to come within range depends on where and how you place the apples.
Things You'll Need
- 2 apples, any variety
- Pocket knife
- Deer stand
Cut an apple in half and rub it on the bottom of your shoes to help mask your scent while walking to your deer stand. Drop this cut apple anywhere near your deer stand.
Choose a tree 10 to 20 yards from your deer stand. Make sure you have a good view of the tree.
Rub the apple on the tree trunk, from 4 feet to 6 feet from the ground. When the skin has rubbed off the apple, turn the apple and continue rubbing on the other side of the tree.
Look for a branch on the tree that sticks out at about 4 to 6 feet from the ground. Stick the skinned apple on this branch so that it is held in place.
Climb into your deer stand and wait. The apple scent is at a good height to be carried in a breeze and tempt the deer into coming closer.
Tips & Warnings
- You can "train" deer to return to a particular location by periodically leaving cut apples on the ground or stuck in a tree. Once the deer find these apples, they will return again and again.