October 31st – November 6th
The magic has begun! If you have been out lately you should have noticed some drunk ruttting bucks gllavanting across the landscape.
I haven’t seen a mature buck drunk yet but they are most definitely moving during daylight.
So the next 7 days eh??
Mother Nature is on top of her shit this fall. We are looking down the barrel of the most important two weeks of the year in a whitetail woods and she has blessed us with highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s with relatively mild wind.
The wind is key, if you have ever pulled an all day sit with whipping winds in sub freezing temps you will be appreciative of the low wind. The last two ruts have been brutally cold and this one is shaping up to be about the same.
On the backside of next week we are looking at highs in the 20s and lows in the teens.
Days to take off:
Can you take all of next week?
If not… Here are the days.
Friday November 1st:
Temps and pressure are nothing to note but it will be the first South wind in dang near a week. There is some that believe the first south after a few norths can trigger above average movement. I mainly like it because you can hunt your south wind stands.
Wednesday November 6th:
Looks to be in front of a severe cold snap and the pressure will be through the roof. Take off this day in front of the bitter cold and tough it out.
Tuesday November 5th:
Pressure will be rising all day rapidly. Looks like it will be on the heels of a rain or snow event. By this time the mature bucks may have lost their mind so gear up and be ready to sit for the day.
Hunt your doe bedding areas and newly cut ag fields. Don’t be afraid to dive into the timber and hunt those stands on pinch points and funnels.
Think of how deer move on your property and then think of how a deer can get from Bedding area A to Bedding B the quickest. Get in the middle of that. These bucks still have a half a brain but their main reason for breathing right now is breeding, be ready to intercept.
Finally, consider your major water sources. Where do these bucks go to drink in the middle of the night? I Have seen spots like this get hit by mature bucks in the middle of the day. If they aren’t chasing they will take a break to drink some water. It can be a great ambush location.
Spend time in the woods. This is what we have been waiting for. Good luck!