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October 2022: Volume 52, Number 2

Big Bucks Before the Rut

November gets all the love, but October just might be a better bet.

Bowhunter - October 2022 Issue
(Photo by Mark Raycroft)

Over the years, I often have been asked what time period during the deer season I most prefer to hunt mature bucks. While I once would have answered that my favorite time to hunt big deer is during the rut, that's no longer the case.

Now, it's not that I don't absolutely love chasing mature bucks during the rut. It's just that years of experience doing so have shown me that I stand a much better chance of patterning and killing a big buck during the late pre-rut.

More Inside This Issue:

Slingshot And Me

At what point does a buck's maturity outweigh the size and shape of his antlers?


Whitetail bucks of this caliber seldom move this much in the daylight.

Fabio Houdini

You can't always get the buck you want. Sometimes you just get the one you're supposed to. (Photo by

Tried And True: Get Elevated

Hang 'em high to find whitetail success this season.

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