Deer Season Is Almost Over, Very good!!

Deer season is a fantastic time of year.  Temperatures begin to cool off, days grow shorter, deer start off moving, children get out of college for the holidays, and families make memories at the deer camp.

What is there not to like about hunting season?  For folks living in rural regions, hunting season is not all entertaining and games. There are strangers driving around the back roads where people live, trash is left on the roads, deer carcasses are dropped off on the roads, and rifles are becoming sighted in, just to name a few.

Let’s take a few minutes to talk about a handful of of the important concerns.

Firearm Security

If there is one particular issue that unnerves rural dwellers more than anything, it is the sound of a person nearby shooting a rifle.  We discover to recognize the sound of gunfire.  Pop, handgun boom, 20 gauge ka-boom 12 gauge ka-pow, huge rifle.

Do the individuals shooting know what is beyond their target?  Did they scout beyond their target, or did they just set it up and commence firing rounds?

Is the deer stand facing a secure path?  Do the hunters know what is beyond the tree line?  Is there a farm back there?  How about a property?  Possibly livestock?


With each and every hunting season there is an boost in trash on the back roads.  This is normally beer cans, plastic ice bags, deer corn bags, cardboard beer boxes, and something that can blow out of the back of the truck.

Litter on rural road

Then there is the stuff that falls out of the truck and the men and women either do not see or are as well lazy to pick it up.

Some hunters lease hunting land just a little techniques from my residence.  Exactly where one guy parks, there is a plastic ice bag and other trash on the ground.  1 of the pieces of trash is labeled with a gas station brand-name.  There is not a gas station with that name within one hundred hundred miles of here.

Towards the end of hunting season I generally make a trip down the nearby back roads and choose up a lot of the trash.  If the locals do not pick it up, we have to appear at it.

Deer Carcasses

If the trash was not sufficient, there are hunters who dump the butchered deer carcass near houses.  They can not take the deer carcass and drop it off a small additional down the road where nobody lives?

Deer carcass on rural road

Often my dogs will bring a deer leg back to the house.  Or the dogs or coyotes will drag the deer carcass into the middle of the road.  Then you either have to drive around it, or stop the truck, get out, and drag the stinking deer carcass to the side of the road.

Let’s not neglect the stench.  Would you like somebody dropping off deer carcasses on your road for virtually three months?  Yea, I do not like it either.

A lot of instances, the deer carcass is stuffed into a plastic garbage bag. The carcass and bag are dumped off on the side of the road.

Deer Season Respect

It boils down to respect.  When hunters drive out to rural areas, they should hold in thoughts they are guests in these communities.

Would you throw trash down on your buddies’ road?  Then why do I have trash on the road going to my home?

Deer season is a wonderful time of year.  Let’s not spoil it for folks who reside near exactly where you hunt.

A Recipe for Rut Success: Very good Ground and Very good Freedom

When Chuck Smock invited me on a Cabela’s deer hunt, I declined. The reason, I told him, was that my schedule didn’t enable a Monday through Friday affair, which was entirely correct. When he referred to as me back to say that the dates had switched to Thursday via Tuesday, I was caught off guard.

Any individual who knows me knows that I don’t like guided whitetail hunts. I’ve accomplished numerous, but I keep away from them these days due to the fact if there is one particular issue I am totally passionate about, it’s whitetail bowhunting. I really like each aspect of it from scouting to butchering, and many of my favourite elements of whitetail hunting are excised from the method on outfitted hunts. So I tend to turn them down in lieu of carrying out things my own way.


I was lucky adequate to get a 15-yard shot at this Nebraska buck as he cruised past my stand in search of does. The complete encounter with this buck, from 1st hearing him to getting an arrow launched, might have lasted 15 seconds.

Chuck, sensing my hesitation, offered up a compromise. He told me I could spot and stalk mule deer on my personal, or bring my own stands and hunt whitetails with no a guide. The mule deer prospect was sufficient to win me over, simply because I’ve never hunted mule deer on private land, so I committed.

A month later, I tore a muscle in my shoulder whilst performing overhead presses at the fitness center. That changed my whole outlook for how much I’d be able to shoot for the year, and it threw a wet blanket appropriate over the prospects of my feeling very good about spotting and stalking mule deer with enough self-confidence to make a shot even though lying on the open prairie.

It was pretty clear then that Nebraska would be a whitetail affair or practically nothing for me.

Great Ground
On November five, I drove for 10 hours to the small town of Arnold, located in southern Nebraska. Cory Peterson, co-owner of Hidden Valley Outfitters, met me, and we speedily hit it off. There was just sufficient daylight left to sit for the evening, so he mentioned he’d take me out and show me around.


I snapped a couple of pics of this young buck as he visited a scrape close to my treestand not one minute after I’d totally settled in for the evening. He was the initial buck to cruise that trail seeking for does, but not the last!

Cory talked about that he had a ground blind on an alfalfa field that should be great, and because I didn’t really feel like there was time to hang my personal stand, I accepted his invitation. As I watched more than the lush alfalfa, a few does began to meander their way into the field.

A tiny eight-pointer sooner or later ran in to harass them, but none of the deer walked anyplace near my blind. As daylight slipped away, many does fed contentedly on the alfalfa, but no far more bucks showed up. That evening I met up with fellow outdoor writer Colin Kearns, and Cabela’s Communications Specialist Nate Borowski.

While discussing the strategy for the following day, Nate mentioned a diverse ground blind I could sit. With no genuine wish to walk into a farm in the dark with a stand on my back and no strategy, I decided to sit where he recommended. The blind, stashed subsequent to some cedars in an overgrown pasture, looked great for catching deer filtering their way off of some distant agricultural fields.

Sunrise came and went with no a sighting, and I was marveling at the way my visible exhaled breath rolled and coiled via the slanted sunlight when a snort broke the morning stillness. It wasn’t my finest hour as a bowhunter to get busted in such fashion, but to leave out a detail like that would be to present an image that simply is not correct.

The doe and her fawn ultimately bounded away, but not just before snorting at my blind roughly 950 times. Right after their departure, I settled in to see if any much more deer would show up.

A little eight-point rack bobbing through the brown goldenrod stalks sooner or later caught my consideration. The young buck, loaded with possible and searching for adore, ended up walking behind my blind. As midmorning drew perilously close to lunchtime, I walked back to my truck only to see one more young buck standing proper next to it.

A Modify Of Plans
I’ve currently listed a handful of reasons why guided whitetail hunts aren’t my factor, but a single that I haven’t brought up is that I’m somewhat Type A when it comes to hunting. I hate sitting blinds and stands that someone else has set up.


After two sits, the owners of Hidden Valley Outfitters let me do my own issue. I ended up carrying a stand into a farm and speed-scouting a creekbottom till I situated a killer funnel. I can honestly say I do not believe I’ve ever hunted greater whitetail ground in my life, and they’ve got a lot of it via personal ownership and leases — 55,000 acres to be exact.

Since of this, and because I truly wanted to sit in a treestand, I asked Cory if I could go rogue. He was fast to say yes, and he gave me free reign more than the initial farm that I had hunted. I knew from sitting in that blind on the alfalfa field that a creek ran by means of the farm, and that on the aerial photos it looked like a no-brainer for the rut.

Right after a swift lunch, I grabbed a dozen methods and a lightweight hang-on stand and went for a stroll. When I got to the edge of the alfalfa field where the terrain spilled away to the creekbottom, I felt like I was looking at something out of a whitetail hunter’s dream.

From where I stood, I could see how the timber dropped toward the creekbottom, and that not 150 yards from the field a knife-ridge jutted straight up from the landscape. It was as if someone had molded the land to kind a best funnel. I was just about to step into the woods to take a closer appear when I heard footsteps in the leaves.

A young buck, nose to the ground and a purpose in his step, trotted appropriate by way of on a beaten trail that paralleled the course of the tiny waterway. I waited until he was out of earshot prior to walking down to the trail, which was pockmarked with scrapes as far as I could see.

The very first tree I eyed up, a pine at the edge of the trail, would have supplied a good ambush site but the wind was wrong, so I snuck deeper into the woods toward that bladed ridge.

A best cedar tree, six-feet tall and straight out of a Bob Ross painting, grew appropriate on the edge of the trail. Its 3-inch-thick trunk had been scored by antlers, and a dished-out scrape below it with a ideal licking branch hanging above stopped me in my tracks.

Fifteen yards away was a perfect stand tree that would allow a shot at any of the deer that may come straight down the ridge, skirt the ridge, or that would cruise the trail by means of the funnel the ridge produced. And, even better, the wind was excellent.

I tamped down my eagerness to go as quickly as attainable while hanging the stand, knowing that I’d make added noise if I got too ambitious. I very carefully screwed in every single step, slid my lineman’s belt up the tree, and gradually set every thing up.

With every step upward my view got greater, and when I lastly settled in, perhaps 15 or 16 feet up, I had more confidence I’d kill a great buck than I’ve ever had in my life. It felt like a accomplished deal.

The Sit
Right after settling in, I drew my bow and aimed a couple of occasions at random spots on nearby trails, then positioned my camera for straightforward access. Within maybe a minute of receiving everything prepared, a young six-pointer appeared out of nowhere. He stopped at the cedar tree, worked the scrape, then walked straight down the trail at 15 yards.

He wasn’t out of sight for much more than 15 minutes when I heard another deer walking. I was on red alert as the footsteps drew closer, but I could not see the deer, even in the relatively open woods. I don’t know how they do it, but the doe approached perfectly in line with an oak tree so that she was not possible to see until she poked her head out at possibly 10 or 12 yards.

I waited for her boyfriend to show up and run her off, but he didn’t. The doe stepped slowly about my stand ahead of turning and heading toward the alfalfa field. Just before reaching the field’s edge, she doubled back and disappeared behind the ridge. I sat down pondering that was the final I would see of her, but she wasn’t carried out with me just yet.

Even though I scanned the creekbottom, an abrupt snort caused me to jump in my seat. The old doe had snuck up the ridge to a point exactly where she was level with my stand. She caught me with my binoculars to my face, and let any other nearby deer know she was onto some thing dangerous. Luckily, she took off away from me, and away from the path in which I anticipated the bucks to method.

I used to get bent out of shape when deer busted me, but I don’t anymore. I discovered a lesson years ago when Wisconsin had Earn-A-Buck regulations, that a snorting deer doesn’t clear the woods the way I as soon as believed.

During that sit, a doe busted me attempting to fulfill my herd-management obligations and blew until it was almost comical. As soon as she left, the kind of buck that makes Buffalo County renowned walked proper in, and appropriate previous me. I couldn’t do anything but watch him, which stung a small. But the lesson stuck with me, so I didn’t get as well worked up when that old Nebraska doe sounded the alarm more than and more than again.

Following she left, the wind started to entirely settle, the sunlight began to level off, and it started to feel like that excellent time in the woods when yet another doe showed up from behind the ridge. She had a fawn with her, but as soon as once again, no male suitors. When I watched them clear the rise and head toward the field, I thought that possibly I was overthinking items also significantly and need to have just sat on the meals.

The second-guessing didn’t final extended, even so. The sound of a trotting deer caught my ears, and within a couple of seconds a great buck appeared on the trail, heading right for the cedar. I took one look at his headgear, and knew that I was completed watching deer and required to get my act collectively quickly.

From the time I first saw the buck to when he was at 15 yards and directly more than the scrape beneath the cedar couldn’t have been far more than a handful of seconds. Thankfully for me, I was already hooked up and ready to shoot prior to he even appeared.

It was just that type of night, which would be impossible to describe to somebody who has never ever bowhunted the rut. During specific sits at just the correct instances, you can just feel some thing operating on a different level — a subcurrent of some thing magical and heavy-antlered coming your way, as if fated to be so.

When the buck hit the spot I necessary him to be, I was currently drawn and let out just a tiny mouth bleat. He hit the brakes and looked directly at me. Although he ducked a little bit at the shot, it wasn’t adequate to do him any excellent, and as quickly as the arrow was on its way it was clear the buck wasn’t going to go far.

As I climbed down from my stand and started to organize my gear at the base of my tree, I heard more footsteps coming in my direction. Yet another youngster, trotting in from the timber, spotted me standing there and bounded down toward the creek. When I picked up my bloody arrow from underneath the cedar, I could see a white belly glowing in stark contrast to the ever-darkening woods.

When I got Cory on the phone, he told me his company companion was on his way with an ATV. When Dan Blowers showed up, we loaded my buck onto the ATV and headed out. We stopped along a two-track so that I could field-dress the 11-pointer, and whilst I was doing just that, I couldn’t support but think that I could almost certainly start to get into guided whitetail hunts much more if they allowed me the type of freedom that this hunt provided.

Author’s Note
On this hunt I employed a Cabela’s Instinct bow, Cabela’s accessories, Cabela’s Zonz clothes, Zeiss optics, Victory VAP arrows, Wac’Em broadheads, and an Ozonics unit for scent control. If interested, check out Hidden Valley Outfitters and the 55,000 acres they manage for different game animals.



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The Very best Days to Tag Trophy Bucks in 2016

Last year marked the initial time I shared my rut predictions with the readers of Petersen’s BOWHUNTING.

In that article, I particularly talked about essential occasions to hunt based on the moon phase and its relation to organic rut activity. My purpose was to give you an very efficient schedule of when to hunt if you have limited time to do it.


I laid out a bulletproof plan that has consistently worked for me for two decades. And to prove my own points, I decided to put my predictions to the test and limit my hunting to the dates and instances I had discussed. The results were thoughts blowing, to say the least!

So, prior to I get to my hunting forecast for 2016, I’d like to stroll you by way of 4 stellar hunts as they played out primarily based on my predictions and techniques. Then I’ll
finish up by providing you this year’s hottest dates so you can strategy for the season!

The Overview
Lets face it there are a lot of variables that play into a effective whitetail hunt. Exactly where you hunt, the size of the local deer population, weather, your capability to make the shot and a host of other variables come into play.

Regardless of these things, even so, you can be certain about the timing of the rut in your hunting region. Typically speaking, the whitetail rut kicks off in late October in the northern half of the United States. Then, the additional south you go, the rut pushes later on the calendar. For example, in the Deep South the identical activity I go over in this post will occur in late December and early January. Regardless of where you are on the map, I’m confident you know your window for the rut.


When I look at a calendar with that window in mind, I then appear at the moon. And whilst a lot of deer hunters concentrate solely on moon phase, I spend just as much attention to the occasions for moonrise and moonset. I believe nature likes to rise and fall with the moon. As one of my mentors after described it to me, the moon is a “magnet” that lifts game animals as it rises and sets on the horizon.

If the moon is anywhere on the horizon to about 40 feet above it, then I have historically observed good deer movement. That may possibly be at first light, two hours prior to dark or even at 1 p.m. But when the moon is in the appropriate position, then that’s when I see great movement of the large bucks. If you recognize this standard idea and then combine it with your strategies for the three phases of the rut, you will be more deadly!

I climbed into my stand for the first time last year on Oct. 22. This was the week leading up to the very first complete moon on the Oct. 26. I sat a couple evenings as the nearly full moon rose in the course of the final hours of daylight from Oct. 22-25. I saw numerous bucks in meals plots and virtually created the decision to take one about two hours ahead of dark as he fed in a plot not extended soon after the close to full moon rose.

I enjoy evening hunts for the few days prior to a complete moon, due to the fact the moon is clearly visible prior to darkness. During the pre-rut, this is important to know due to the fact big bucks will make their first daylight appearances to scent verify does on primary meals sources. This is also the time when mature bucks make their primary rubs and scrapes and actually claim their region. The huge bucks make an look for a quick period and appear to know which doe will come into estrus first.


As soon as the moon is full, then the early-/mid-morning hunts will be far better, given that the moon will be setting throughout these hours. On Oct. 27, I went in a stand for a morning hunt considering that the complete moon was rising right after it was currently dark. It was only my third sit for 2015. For the duration of the pre-rut, bucks will either be checking does, generating scrapes or making rubs. Simply because of this, I concentrate on stand areas along the edge of a creek or along some CRP. Two hours into my hunt, a small doe appeared about 150 yards away on the field edge.

Behind her was one of the most significant deer I had ever seen. He was sniffing her a little bit and then urinating on his tarsal glands and lip curling. I could inform he was claiming his region, so I waited until he wasn’t looking directly my way and blew a handful of grunts at him. Without having hesitation, he whirled about and headed my way. Several occasions along the way, he stopped to rub trees and scrape the ground.

When he stepped inside 40 yards, I put a Rage in the vitals. He is my biggest deer ever, and I spent fewer than 12 hours on stand to tag him! I credit my good results to keying on morning hunts soon after the full moon and choosing a stand place along a field edge exactly where bucks can check for does. Also, the grunt tube was critical to obtaining his interest.

Early Rut
As soon as the rut kicks off, you are at the mercy of becoming close to the first hot doe of the season. Many bucks will crucial in on the very same doe, and they are usually already close by them. One hot doe can have numerous bucks chasing it. My strategy in the course of the early rut is to hunt difficult in regions where a hot doe is most likely to be attempting to fend off several bucks.

This is usually in thickets, briar patches or thick CRP cover. The moon offers you a good thought on principal movement occasions, and for the early rut most does are nonetheless moving on their standard schedules. Nevertheless, they are much less likely to be wandering around in plain sight of bucks. This is why food plots tend to be much more vacant in the course of the early rut, given that bucks are constantly harassing the does.


On Nov. two last year, the moon was waning and nicely on its way toward a new moon. The moon was increasing nicely after dark and then setting down on the horizon throughout the late morning. I knew the morning would be the better time for a hunt, but my excellent buddy Christian Berg (our trusty editor) had drawn his non-resident Iowa buck tag and arrived for his hunt that afternoon.

That evening, we sat what I contact an observation stand. It overlooked a lot of CRP and thickets but was also on the edge of a food plot. As anticipated, the CRP and thickets had most of the activity as the food plot sat vacant. We did get to the see the first hot doe of the season with a swarm of bucks chasing her all through the thick CRP. Absolutely nothing came close adequate to shoot, but by using that evening to be in a spot exactly where we could overlook a lot of the area, we were in a position to crucial in on piece of timber about half a mile away for the morning hunt.

Following watching that doe get bred, we knew the rut was officially on! With that in thoughts, I told Christian we needed to get into that thick timber nearest that hot doe where key trails intersected. Primarily based on the moon setting late the subsequent morning, I told Christian I predicted excellent movement mid-morning. Following an hour, we saw our initial small bucks passing via. All of them had been on main trails, walking as if they were on a mission to choose up a scent trail.

Soon after only a handful of hours, a fantastic buck I had captured on my Stealth Cam more than the summer came walking along one of these principal trails. He obviously had completed breeding a doe early and was alone and covering ground to pick up a new track. He stopped and freshened up a scrape right just before providing Christian an 11-yard, broadside shot. When again, making use of what we knew about the timing of the rut, utilizing thick, high-site visitors regions and the moon all factored in to a profitable hunt soon after only two sits in the stand.

Peak Rut
The peak rut is a funny factor. It requires the “lock down,” when the bucks are tight to their one doe and are at times difficult to uncover. It can be hard to get shots when the chasing is quickly paced and it can be frustrating attempting to get bucks to slow down. Bucks are generally with the doe till later in the mornings and then they commence covering ground to discover yet another. This is when you can put rattling antlers to use to get their focus when the timing is correct.

Last year, the new moon was Nov. 12, proper during some of the peak rut activity. So, it played genuinely well into possessing movement throughout the day. During lockdown, movement can be spotty but becoming persistent with the rattling antlers, packing your lunch and sitting all day is what it is all about! If I only had one complete week to hunt the rut, I would pick the week that the new moon is happening and get mentally set on sitting these days, ALL DAY.

Last year, this week fell from Nov 9-13. I had 1 other buddy contact me who drew a tag here in Iowa. I talked him into waiting till this week to come, basically since it was the dark of the moon and I knew it was the very best time for all-day sits. I feel a lot of individuals want to use their holiday time to hunt the 1st week of November due to the fact they assume that is “the rut.” Even so, you need to appear previous just the dates and alternatively look at the moon calendar. On some years, that full week of the new moon might in truth fall in early November. Nonetheless, last year it fell in mid-November, which is when I had Mike come.

The important to this time of year is being in timber, creeks and cover exactly where bucks are comfy moving any time of the day. Mike and I both had lunches packed for sitting all day. We started out in pinch down points of bigger timber blocks.


We sat all day and saw a number of bucks at varying occasions of the day. One essential outdoors element that I haven’t mentioned but actually came into play for his 5 days off function. We saw on the weather map that there was a enormous method moving in later that week, with some dangerous climate and also significantly colder temps. I told him that the calm right before that storm would be a wonderful likelihood for big movement with deer.

Soon after 36 hours in the tree, we have been on our fourth day of his hunt. The new moon was truly increasing mid-morning that day, and that weather method was also supposed to hit about noon. I told him Mike required to be aggressive with rattling that morning. Beginning at initial light, I slammed the antlers collectively and right away we had a modest buck come in. Each hour, I rattled and created a calling sequence.

At 9 a.m., I began my third rattling session, and at 9:04 Mike created a ideal shot on a monster buck that literally charged appropriate in to our tree. The essential elements have been the new moon, all day sits, rattling and focusing on good cover along creeks in timber where bucks really feel safe to travel by way of the day.

2016 Predictions
This year, the moon calendar is a tiny distinct than final year. The new moons are falling extremely close to the very first of October and November. Given that, right here is what I predict for hunting situations in the Midwest:

• The 1st few days of October will be very good for movement for brief, two-hour sits morning or evening. Focus on transition zones between bedding and feeding regions. Oct. 13 and 14 will produce great evening sits overlooking food sources. Movement will occur properly prior to dark, so get in early.

• My favored pre-rut days are Oct. 26-29, and this year I will prefer to hunt the mornings far more than the evenings, merely simply because the moon will be in its ideal position right after 9 a.m. It sounds funny, but if I only had three hours to hunt on those dates, I would be in my stand from eight-11 a.m.


• As long as temperatures aren’t too much above normal, I see fantastic rutting activity beginning on the new moon, which is Halloween day. The 1st week of November will be significantly like the second week was final year. You will want to be hunting all day that very first week of November, and filling a tag early is extremely achievable.

• There will be some great early afternoon/evening hunts from Nov. 10-13, simply because the moon will be rising prior to dark! Nevertheless, do not just sit on a food supply simply because its an evening hunt. Alternatively, set up in some timber or a thicket just off of food sources. These are classic regions where a huge buck may possibly be holding a doe.

• The complete moon arrives Nov. 14, and this coincides with the time of the rut when bucks start leaving a doe late in the morning and covering ground to discover a new a single. With that said, the late-morning movement need to be excellent most of this week, and you shouldn’t be surprised to see a big buck you haven’t seen just before.

• The moon starts to go dark again in late November, which will make evening hunts get greater and greater. The very first week of December need to have some fantastic evening activity on food sources!

Final year, I literally wanted to practice what I preached. I stayed out of my stands until the time I had written about. It was really challenging for me to wait a lot more than three weeks
after opening day to get began! However, I think in what history and the moon has taught me.

I trusted what I told all of you, and I waited till that iron was red hot ahead of I struck. I hunted three days and was accomplished! Christian hunted two days and was completed! Mike hunted just over three days and was done!

When it comes to whitetails by means of the Midwest, understanding the moon, the timing and the techniques is all you need to have for success. Great luck, my friends!



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