In this issue:
Playing Musical Stands During Late Season for Whitetails
Late season hunting is a great time to be out… but you have to learn to adjust for the changing weather, food supplies and deer patterns.
It’s not unusual to have days of overcast skies, rain, snow and generally poor weather. Add to that the shorter daylight hours and you have the making for a possible change in deer behavior.
Whenever inclement weather hangs around the deer will adjust their eating schedules. It’s a great time for you to be out – even during mid-day in many cases. However, you need to position yourself in different places as the weather changes.
When the weather is fair, the food sources are plentiful and the bucks are in hiding, then you typically need your stand located near the thick cover, frequently deep in the woods and thickets. You can position yourself to tag your buck as they travel to/from these areas to feed.
But when the weather gets rough then you typically will want to hunt closer to the food sources. Their patterns may change and you may very well see them from morning to night – any time during the day.
As their patterns change so must your placement of your stand….. if your stand is back in the deep woods or thickets – well, chances are you’ll only be hunting squirrels.
Move your stand or, preferably, have 2 or 3 stands in different locations so you can move deep, near the food sources and down wind.
Probably the two best places to put stands in these situations is along the runways leading to the food plots or just on the edges of the food plots.
And, as always, when it’s rainy, snowy or foggy, a great way to adjust is to start stalking. Go at a snail’s pace (or slower) and really scour the areas you just don’t have a chance to do while sitting in a stand all day. Keep your eyes open and all your senses peaked and watch for movement and horizontal lines in the trees.
Stalking is lots of fun and the wet weather means you can proceed quietly and not make it sound like a herd of deer coming through the woods.
So – get out there, read the weather and adjust your hunting methods and location based on the weather and available food. Most importantly – get out there and enjoy it, if only to do some additional scouting.
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Thanks for reading – enjoy your deer hunting!
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