10 Tips for October Whitetail Success
October 13, 2014
I have a rule in life: I don't trust people who don't like dogs or music. I also don't trust hunters who claim the October lull is their favorite time to be in the woods. To be fair, most of those hunters are earning paychecks by espousing whitetail hunting wisdom, but still.
The first three weeks of October can be brutal from a deer sighting perspective, but that doesn't mean it's are a lost cause. When I look at the walls of my basement and the deer mounts that hang from them, I can count several that were arrowed from early to mid-October. In fact, lull bucks represent about one third of all of the mature bucks I've killed.
You're probably thinking I'm going to unveil a secret calling technique or admit that I've got a deer lease locked up and loaded with mature bucks and zero hunting competition.
Neither are true. The reality is that I start from scratch on October 1 and begin to scout and hunt like I don't know anything about current deer movement. This goes for my public land spots as well as my private. I do have strategies and tactics, of course, that all play into my tabula rasa style of hunting.
Following are 10 tips that help me fill tags while others sit out.