Attracting Whitetail Deer with Habitat

Attracting the whitetail deer to your property can be achieved provided you supply the deer with a woodland habitat and a reliable food supplement with water source.   Many people attract the deer to their woodland property so that they can take photographs or they find it relaxing to view the deer foraging in its natural habitat.



If you reside in an area that has a hilly woodland terrain with deciduous vegetation, and a reliable water source then there is a good chance that the whitetail deer are close by. The whitetail deer is native to the US and can be found throughout except the western states including Nevada, Utah, California, Alaska and Hawaii.

The diet of the whitetail deer consists of green plants, leaves and grass in the spring and summer. In the fall they will forage berries, nuts and corn.In the winter when food is scarce the deer will eat tree branches with leaf buds, twigs, crabapples and any berries left on the shrubs. They will also seek food in yards and gardens.

If you enjoy whitetail deer for photographs or for observation then learn how to attract and hold the deer on your property by following these tips.

Choose an area on your property that has deciduous vegetation, hardwood trees, grassland and is a forest setting. . This area should be away from high traffic areas both cars and humans. The area should offer the deer a reliable water source; natural or by water troughs.

Supplement the deers diet by growing food plots or providing the white tail deer with feeding stations.  Plan to grow a food plot in the spring and in the fall. A forage area that is protected from human traffic will provide the deer with a sense of safety. Growing requirements are; acidic soil, half day of sun and moist soil.


Plant a combination of hardy seeds; brassica and tetraploid ryegrass seeds. The seeds are easy to grow provided the land is cleared of leaves, branches, loose rock. Get the growing site ready by cutting the grass to the soil level then sow the seed when soil is moist.

Another way to attract deer is set up a feeding stations. These stations are primarily used during the winter months when food is hard to find.  One way is to set up a  gravity feeder that do not rely on batteries. These barrels like feeders work well without locking up and wasting corn. You can also store the sweet corn in a digital hanging bucket feeder. This feeder requires a battery however you can set the digital timer to feed the deer at specific times of the day and you can adjust the feed delivery. The bucket is a plastic hopper that is light weight so you can move it easily.

Set the deer feeding station in the woods, a meadow or a large field. . For a large area you will want to set up a feeder every 1500 feet. Don’t set them any closer because the deer will fight.

Give the deer what they need by buying a sweet corn or acorn mineral block for the deer.  The block is rich in salt, calcium carbonate and phosphorus which are good for bones, energy, antler development, and metabolism. The mineral block for whitetail deer is long lasting; you will not need to replace for several weeks.

Set the mineral block in rust resistant holder and attach to the side of a tree. Space the mineral blocks 1000 feet apart, if the blocks are too close the deer will fight.


Provide the deer with a water source if there is no lake, river or pond. Set a water troughs 25 feet from the food station.

The characteristics of the whitetail deer are white markings under the mouth, the throat, around the eyes, the stomach and the backside of the tail. The coat of the deer is a reddish tan during the warm seasons and in the winter the coat will turn to a medium gray with brown undercoat.