Whether you’re setting up a mineral lick, trail camera our picking a hunt site, we use game trails as one of the primary factors for picking that location. Once located we hunker down, setup our stand, camera or lick and hope we can intercept an animal coming down that trail. This rarely goes perfectly as planned as wild game often use multiple trails in an area or branch on and off a trail.
So how do we get them to go where we need them to go?
You make a trail, that’s how. Of course you still want to locate a well traveled trail in your area in to ensure there will be traffic. However, once that is done you can take steps to increase your odds the animal will head in your direction.
- Remove fallen limbs or debris that could encourage them to abandon parts the trail.
- Locate and block other know trails with some type of obstacle that will deter game from those paths.
- Use elevation to your advantage and create a new trail which is easier to travel.
- Plant brush or trees that will grow, eventually forcing them in another direction.
- Create uneven surfaces that will discourage ungulates (hoofed animals) from traveling over them.
- In thick brush trim out a new path (be sure to leave some cover)
Wild game is never predictable but given the option most animals will more often than not take the path of least resistance. So use your landscape to your advantage to create the irresistible trophy trail.