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.
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.
- <h2>Hunt Where You See Them</h2>We will start with a simple one here. If your deer hunting has gone stale, start to pay attention to where you see deer—any deer. What about that doe feeding on a woodline? She might be chowing down on acorns while the bucks stage just inside the thicker stuff. That tiny spiker you saw leaving a pond? He might have just shown you where all of the deer are slaking their thirst each morning. <p></p> Deer sightings this time of year are good, and most offer clues to the current movement. Follow up these sightings with a treestand or ground blind sit to see what is really going on.