That will be my approach for the rest of the season, hunting my winter food plots on the edges of the timber where I can sneak in without bothering anything. The tough part is sneaking out without getting caught. With the seriously cold weather we're having this week I expect the deer will be up feeding early every afternoon. Seems to be the best approach at this stage of the game.
Most bucks in late winter know the does will come in few and far between so they hang out on the out skirts just to keep in check with the ole nose. That's why you'll see 25 does feeding in one field and 4-8 bucks feeding 3-5 hundred yards away in the other end of the field. Bucks will drop their guard on the wind game this time of year just to keep their belly's full. If time allows burn a few sets in the evening observing and then move in for a kill.
My 2 best bucks were Jan 8th and 12th. I agree it's a frustrating time of year but I enjoy the not seeing all the hunters out as well. The woods is getting more absent this time of year by the rookies. That's what I like!!!!
.Intrarut lockdown while statistically will play a factor in the amount of movement I never allow it change anything I do.Who knows what buck is searching at the moment?
CONFIDENCE is key in post rut imo...getting down early is tempting with the lack of activity and does show up in wads.
Great point, I'm hunting NE MS and the rut is in "hard core breed stage." Food is not a concern at this point of the game. Sex is the focal point and bucks are bedded with does and those bucks not bedded and not showing themselves during hours of light. I'm simply seeking some input on suggestions on how to hunt during this phase/activity time of the rut. I'm trying to do internet brainstorming. Hopefully to rethink and get out my hunting patterns and doldrums. Tks
I think WV's post is spot on. Sometimes it's just a matter of putting in your time. Even during the "lockdown", there will always be bucks cruising. This is the only time I will do a little bind calling or rattling.
The buck I shot this year was on Nov 15th which is peak breeding for the Midwest. Things were very slow for me from the nov 7th till the 15th. Definetly had plenty of bucks locked down.
If you grind it out in a good area your patience will be rewarded.
Keep in mind a buck locked down today won’t be tomorrow or the next day and he will be on the prowl again.
I worked a proven doe zone yesterday and today till my Call call and grunt tube became hoarse ! Yesterday the squirrels moved till the end of legal shooting time which I found was unusual. Today they barely moved and it was up in the morning before they moved and they moved so slow then. I thought they may have taken drunk last night and were hung over !!
I think yesterday and today was as Dr. John would say-"musta been at the wrong place at the wrong time!"
Just gonna have to bide time. Seeing the photo of Cheryl's deer this morning on BS just fired me up to be ready.
Genesis, I think my rut time and your rut time is about the same- yours may be a few days before me.
I also have a lot of area to hunt,,,,, Unless you own a thousand acres, you do not have enough land, if your going to hunt bedding grounds, because that is what I hunt because that is where they are,,,,, and yes I blow out a lot of spots, but I have enough,,,,
My own land of 54 acres and 20 acres is no where near enough to hunt, on how I hunt...... also my scouting is constant, always in season....... I hate ladder stands, like mobile light hang ons, I hunt a lot on the ground, and may hunt several set ups in one day.......
I go in early and come out late,,,, I have no fear of the woods, and do not care where I end up,,,,, unless you have unpressured land, you can not hunt big bucks, and wanting to be close to the truck, in many ways.....
I have a friend who could not find a rub line, if it was in a bag, but his family has prime land, that no one hunts, except him and his father,,,,,, this year he shot a 176 at 8 steps, and it was 2nd week of October, oh yeah, it was the lull,,,,,, He has an advantage, but knew not to waste his time in a tree stand, and hunted a pit, he dug out in the spring, in a known bedding area.....
I don't bide anytime, I am always going after them, but I hunt a lot of spots and 2 states,,,, have the time to hunt, and am all over the place, sometimes driving hours in one day, just to hunt one spot