Top 10 Deer Habitat and Hunting Tips for Small Parcels

Top 10 Deer Habitat and Hunting Tips for Small Parcels

The best deer habitat and hunting tips for your small parcel, work hand in hand to create the best herd and hunt! After all, you can’t have a great herd without a great hunt. These top deer hunting and habitat tips will assist you in teaching your whitetail potential on even the smallest deer parcels. Let’s face it, on small parcels you can not afford to make mistakes. Makes sure to use these tips to not only improve the deer habitat on your land, but to help you avoid mistakes while drastically improving the deer hunting potential on your land.


  1. Eric Hudak on July 29, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Thanks Jeff for all your great videos. I’ve been learning a lot and looking to improve my land habitat in Sheboygan County. We’ve got Emerald Ash Borer killing tons of ash trees here. Wondering if you have any recommendations on how to best deal with that from a habitat standpoint – selective cutting only, clearcutting, replanting, natural regrowth, etc… Love to hear your feedback in comments or new video. Thanks!

  2. LongRange Crypto on July 29, 2021 at 9:01 pm

    Nice work!

  3. Brian Bartholomew on July 29, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Any chance you are heading to NY to do site visits?

  4. Mid-Michigan Outdoors on July 29, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    More good tips, thanks for sharing Jeff!

  5. Jeremy Silcox on July 29, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Yet another awesome video!!!

  6. Shannon Herb on July 29, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    I can’t plant food plots since we lease the land for hay. Can I make strips of food plots on the edge of the hay fields, and still get results?

  7. 24blunt on July 29, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    you’re gonna have them scent hunters talking about you, they LIVE by that stuff

  8. Casey Wabeke on July 29, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    I have a general 20 acre ag feild I’m going to covert. What ratio in acres would you reccomend for switch, corn, beans, brassicas, and within the switch grass would you reccomend? TIA

  9. Kathmandu15 on July 29, 2021 at 9:12 pm

    This man knows what he’s talking about. Great books-

  10. P&S DeerHunters on July 29, 2021 at 9:13 pm

    Jeff you know my land I want to create screening at my foodplot especially by the boxblind would you use switchgrass or Egyptian wheat to complete the task please your thoughts are greatly appreciated

  11. Gene Doebley on July 29, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    You often show the plastic water hole. How does the water get there? All from rain? I a in South Jersey where it is flat as a pool table. I don’t know that there will be enough water.

  12. Joe W Indiana on July 29, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    Do you manage property in Indiana?

  13. ashley smith on July 29, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Do you have anything that pertains strictly to the southeast? Browse species for us? Also for micro lands, like 10acres or less?

  14. Brent Baggett on July 29, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    Man we have 10000 acres in Deep South Alabama I would love to hear your opinions on the land

  15. Quinn Odenthal on July 29, 2021 at 9:16 pm

    I have a 12 acre pond and a county ditch running through my property also have that red dogwood… about 80 acres of it… how do I manage movement with that?

  16. Philip Woody on July 29, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Your insight is ln your face and straight forward. thanks

  17. Joe Durushia on July 29, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks Jeff, got my round-up, 24-D, Princep, switchgrass seed and buckwheat seed already. Putting together my PackerMAXX today. Excited for this coming season.

  18. Todd LeMasters on July 29, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks Jeff!

  19. Jeffrey Shetler on July 29, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Great information! I only have 6.5 acres and I’m surrounded almost completely by a private hunt club, so I’m trying to implement all I can to be successful! Thanks again!

  20. My Slice Of Heaven on July 29, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    Great Tips

  21. My Tennessee Bushstead on July 29, 2021 at 9:20 pm

    I’m so excited about this time of year. I’m going to implement more of your strategies to my new property. Lots of new deer management guys popping on the scene but most of it is to sell product. Breath of fresh air to watch a informative and real life show. Lots of hard work that many of us appreciate.

  22. mike55976 on July 29, 2021 at 9:23 pm

    Best for swampy area to plant for food source? Only 7 acres but surrounded by state land property? They have water just need some mock scrapes.

  23. Hunt Warbukz on July 29, 2021 at 9:25 pm

    So I guess I’m trying narrow down the question or where to build …new thickets and or bedding .. in general

  24. Matteo Mckinney on July 29, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Good video. Like every one of your videos i try to adjust it to West Virginia elements as best as i can. But very helpful tips

  25. Craft Outdoors on July 29, 2021 at 9:28 pm

    Jeff thank you so much for your information. I have applied your methods to our hunting land in southern Virginia over the last year, everything from hinge cuts to food plots. Myself and my dad had our best hunting season so far this year. I was able to take a 21" wide and very very tall 8 point this fall, and my dad got a 13 pointer and a 9 pointer. I also was able to get a bear with my bow earlier this fall as a bonus. We put in lots of hours of work and hunting and it definitely paid off! We were able to turn our land completely around in just one year, and almost tripled our deer population. If you have a minute, please check out our pictures of our bucks on our Craft Outdoors facebook page. Thank you again!

  26. Brian Bennett on July 29, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Alot of helpful info. Thanks.

  27. Patrick Keefer on July 29, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    I have about 120 acres surrounded by a few thousand acres of state game land. The only water source for a mile or two are the two streams running on both sides of my property. Is it worth putting a water hole somewhere in the middle or should I just try to utilize the streams? Thanks for the great vids I’ve learned so much from this channel

  28. Doug Barber on July 29, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    WoW Jeff you just keep bring it. I do have a quick question. On my 50 acres I may have an opportunity if creating about 5 to 6 acre of a Savannah type habitat through a select cut of trees and prescribed fire. Any thoughts on that type of diversity in habitat management for deer ?

  29. Nick Johnson on July 29, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Ha! Just noticed the game cam in the bush behind you! Love your videos and have learned a ton. Always great content.

  30. Kevin Fowler on July 29, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    I get in from hunts& write on my list of things to do once the season is over. All based on your tips. 365 days of deer!!

  31. Antonio Manteiga on July 29, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    How much do you charge

  32. Shane on July 29, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Also I only have 4.4a, 6a, as well as 16a to hunt. This helps when you only have small places to hunt.

  33. Outdoor Family Traditions on July 29, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    Hey Jeff another great video brother. One question though, on my 60 acres I only have one food plot about half acre total.. how far away would you recommend if I wanted to put another food plot on the property about the same size. Thanks


  34. Tim Hansen on July 29, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Enjoy watching the video’s!. Any suggestions on what do do with poplar trees? Do deer use them for anything, or should I cut them down and let the undergrowth take over? Only have a couple small areas (1/8 to 1/4 acre) of them.

  35. A Person on July 29, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks so much for your videos. Unless I’m with my in-laws, I hunt public land. Just from watching and learning from your videos, I’ve been able to apply that knowledge to public land and what I should be looking for when placing a stand or blind. Because of your videos I’ve been able to track where this one herd I can’t harvest goes to eat and the general area they go to bed down

  36. Kenny Hollingsworth on July 29, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    What type of switchgrass do you plant and where did you buy the seeds? Having a tough time finding a place to buy seed.

  37. Shane on July 29, 2021 at 9:44 pm

    Thanks for the info!!! Do you ever hunt or should you hunt between 10a.m. to 2p.m.?

  38. Mark_B AviaHunt on July 29, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Jeff, I really appreciate and enjoy your content. I’ve been hunting 14 years now and I feel my knowledge has really taken off the past five years just from my own experiences. But watching your videos keeps me wanting to learn more and really fine tune my abilities. You always have new or an elaborated video from something prior that you posted that really explains things in detail.
    The area we hunt is very tough in Western New York. The deer can get fairly big, but it seems that our neighboring properties have a lot more attraction and their bucks really seem to blow ours away. Small improvements the last couple years based on some of the things you’ve recommended have really done wonders. Unfortunately for a couple full-time employed guys it takes a lot of time and money to make quality hunting grounds. It’s a slow process here but you’ve taught me a lot and I always look forward to your videos. Hope you had a great season, have a Merry Christmas, and here’s to next season. Cheers.

  39. Steve Bernheisel on July 29, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Really enjoy your videos, I just bought a small property and will be using the information to help set it up. I am really looking forward to the adventure. Thanks for the help!

  40. Darren Driggers on July 29, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    SC swamp land… Should I hinge cut parallel from a canal ditch or perpendicular groups?

  41. Donald Sweet on July 29, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    How can I contact you about evaluating my property in Pinconning Michigan?

  42. Ben Kurkowski on July 29, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    When should you mow the red orange dogwood? And is this an easy species to plant as well?

  43. Woken Woodsman on July 29, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Love the books Jeff. Need some pointers on a big buck in the Deep South, I Missed a four year old last Saturday with a rifle about 11am just outside his bedroom. he was locked down with a doe, didn’t even seem like he realized I was there. It’s an old farm that gets hunted quite a bit but has a strong doe herd. I’ve Never seen him there before. There are four younger bucks that iv seen on the place, I have camera logs they’ve been there since August, all that said do you believe he will hold to his bedroom or hit the road? iv not set foot there all year except to confirm that I didn’t hit him. It just Didn’t seem big enough to hold deer it’s a 150 yard block of walnut and cedars he was in, Very thick and Surrounded by open fields that are just about tall enough to hide a smaller deer He has spent some time there already by the sign. Thanks for what you do Jeff, Your a hero of mine. I understand if you don’t have time to answer rambling questions in the comments you still have my respect.

  44. bhag149 on July 29, 2021 at 9:49 pm

    Great video as usual. I am reclaiming 5 acres of agricultural and planting it into trees and switchgrass this spring. Would you set aside one part of the 5 acres for trees and another part for grass, or just space the trees within the grass to achieve the 50% you aim for?

  45. Hunt Warbukz on July 29, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    Hi Jeff ,
    I wanna thicken up about 10-20 acres of monoculture tall open woods.. in our new 50 acres has old pine and maple bottle necking down to Irvine then rd down how do I know where to actually Create a new thicket ..?
    Can you give me some tips. ..a Generalization do it hinge cut up high on ridges or low .. or middle of hill. we have large hillsides of open boring woods Jeff please let me know basics if you can thanks … our wind for some reason …almost always .. it blows towards East direction on our hill ….we don’t have man thick areas it’s either green filed s or. Open woods .. bucks don’t stay …nick

  46. Draggin' Deer Outdoors on July 29, 2021 at 9:53 pm

    Excellent video! I have some questions regarding hinge cutting. I understand what hinge cutting accomplishes, I understand good locations for hinge cutting. What I haven’t found a good video on is “hinge cut structure” or “what a good hinge cut area looks like.” How do you lay trees for bedding? Do you stack multiple trees on top of each other? Are trees cut in a circle? Do you lay trees in different directions or the same direction? Seeing or having you explain what a good hinge cut area should look like, especially for bedding would be a huge help for me (and I’m sure many others)! Thanks Jeff!

  47. Chris DeMerell on July 29, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Thanks so much for the content… I watch every video you post! Question on unpressured food plots. How close to the house is too close for a food plot. More than half of my 40 acres is visible from the house. The other half is good browse and cover. Is switchgrass screening enough?

  48. Gary Bucher on July 29, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    What if you have 20 acres mostly spotted alder and popular with patches of oak and pine , that is surrounded by woods with food plots then ag? I have 40 acres of thick woods next door with a plot and 80 behind me with 3 plots and 40 the other side that 15 is a plot next to a creek and ag. I think i need to work on access, corridors and water holes.