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I plan on hunting northern Missouri Oct 15-19. Ive hunted deer for a long time but never around standing ag fields and creek bottoms like I will be on this hunt. Ive done a lot of reading and research on tactics and tips for hunting them that time of year. Just looking for more tips and information on zoning in on bucks with standing crops in mid october.
Deer really like to hit clover fields that time of year. If oak trees have acorns they will be all over them.
I sat on bean and corn fields before. I figured out what trails they used to enter the fields and hung a stand there. It worked. If by chance the ag is corn and the farmer is harvesting it while you're there....make sure you are in the stand. You'll be amazed at what runs out of the corn field.
If acorns are dropping will they transition off the fields to the oak flats or will they just hit a mix of the two?
Do you notice less mature buck movement during that time ? I'm in Oklahoma and I tend to get daylight photos through October until rifle season starts.. i don't ever notice a "lull" too often but everything I read about the midwest and mid october says most mature bucks go nocturnal til the end of October
I had over 100 daylight photos of this guy from August til 2nd day of rifle season, never saw him in person though sadly. Every time I'd zig he'd zag.
Personally I don't believe for one second that bucks suddenly go nocturnal mid to end of October. Total BS. They may however completely move locations and change food sources. Some greens are dying and some other food is ripening (like acorns). Find the food, find the bucks. Bucks that are nocturnal through August and Sep will still be nocturnal in October. Others that move in daylight in Aug/Sep will still be daylight movers in October IF THEY HAVEN'T BEEN PRESSURED. Of course deer that are feeding on acorns in the timber are more difficult to find as they don't leave the timber. If a mature buck is pressured it doesn't matter what time of year it is you prob won't see him. This has been my experience. Of course if you have a hunting season starting up and suddenly pressure increases that can push a buck nocturnal.
I guess in the end my point is that all things being equal, nothing changes to make an October lull. The key is "all things being equal." All is not equal in October. Food is changing. Potentially pressure as well. What else? Figure out those changes and you can have awesome October hunting. Some of the best hunting I've had was in October in a spot I had where big bucks were living only because of lack of pressure. Then for whatever reason a bunch of guys suddenly got permission one year and the spot sucked the last few years.