|Doe and Fawn 11/6/2017|
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
11/5 – Did not hunt major rain event
- Pressure 30.05
- N winds 10 to 12 MPH
- Temperature low 33 and high of 59
- Rise 7:41 PM
- Set: 9:31 AM
- Travel and Bedding areas
Doeshould be coming into estrous so focusing on doe bed areas
- Hunt field edges in the evening where doe will be feeding, looking for a cruising buck
- Moon Guide lists this week as a RED MOON week
- Prolonged rain event ending at 10 AM, this is usually a trigger to deer movement
- North wind after two or three South
I am encouraged by the success of my friends. Glenn Moore, a good friend from High School took a nice 6pt last night in Pennsylvania. Great Job Glenn!!
I have heard many people call hunting the rut “The Grind”, and that term is definitely appropriate so far this year. Not just the physical exposure to the wind, rain and cold, but the mental side of sitting in the stand the majority of the day.
Frustration begins to sink in. Lack of movement and limited encounters with mature deer fuel negative thoughts. I find myself now fighting doubt about my setup, my choices and my plan. Is it me? What am I doing wrong? Is my timing off? Are they locked down already? Where are the
This is where I have to step back and evaluate the situation of the past 7 or 8 days.
- Temperatures have been above normal for this time of the year
- There has been significant rain that has impacted the herd movement
Barometric pressurehas been low (below 30) for 50% of the Rut-cation Doesshould be coming into estrous at an increasing rate in NE Ohio with peak breeding coming soon
- I still have 3 fresh stands that have not yet been hunted
It is hard not to
- Focus on what I know about the herd
- Focus on my access (entrance/exit)
- Continue to pay attention to details
- Scent control
- Wind direction
- Most recent information
- Make sure I am
ina stand this week
- Temperatures dropping to below average for this time of the year
- Barometric pressure at or above 30.25 for the majority of the week
I am happy to be hunting a fresh stand in the AM with a doe decoy in the open field. My plan is to be in before sun up and sit through late morning. Transition to my afternoon property will depend on deer activity in the AM.
More to come…