Whitetail Rut-Cation Journal 10-31-17

Whitetail OCD
by Eric Hall

This journal will chronicle my Rut-cation and review tactics based on weather and timing to hunt NE Ohio whitetail deer.  I look forward to sharing this ongoing story with you.

Good Luck Everyone and  – Stay Afflicted with Whitetail OCD


  • Pressure 30.03 and rising all day long
  • WSW winds 15 MPH
  • Temperature highs in low 40’s
  • Moon waxing Gibbous
    • Rise 4:09 PM
    • Set: 2:30 AM
Strategy today:
  1. Decoy in hay field
    1. Give them what they are looking for
  2. Hang and hunt with the wind
    1. Adjusting to mirror movement 10/30
    2. Mature bucks on their feet in daylight seeking the first estrous doe
  3. Get in stand 1 hour prior to first light (7:22 AM)
Rough start to the day with my hang and hunt strategy going out the window early.
2 bucks today cruising at 8 am and 11 am in the open hay field.  I did take an opportunity to hang a new set closer to a doe bedding area where decoying will be a solid tactic.

I am excited about Wednesday’s hunt.  I have been waiting for the right wind before crashing into my best spot.  I finally have the East wind tomorrow and pressure will still be in the 30’s.  Rain in the forecast so the tree umbrella will get a workout.

More to come.

Stay Afflicted with Whitetail OCD!
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Author: Eric Hall

Afflicted with Whitetail OCD, I have been addicted to the Whitetail Deer since the late 1980s. It is an all-consuming and never-ending passion to learn about and ultimately preserve the heritage of whitetail deer hunting. Now I feed that addiction with the Whitetail OCD blog.

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