2019 Rut-Cation Journal 11/3/2019

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 28.93
  • West winds 12 MPH
  • Temperature
    • Low: 33
    • High: 47
  • Moon
  • Waxing Crescent
    • Rise:12:14 0M
    • Set: 9:49 PM

Strategy:

  • Morning sit in my favorite stand the killing tree off of thick bedding
  • Afternoon sit in my bottom stand near a thick bedding area

Results:

The morning sit came and went without a single deer being sighted. Plenty of squirrels and raccoons, but zero deer. This follows the same trend as I and others have been noticing during the early part of November. The morning deer movement is being subdued.

During the afternoon sit, I was again greeted by multiple squirrels along with a baby raccoon. As the sun set below the horizon four doe made their way out of the bedding into the hayfield. My cover in this tree is suspect and one of the doe spotted me lowing my binos. She blew, so I snot wheezed in response. Surprisingly it worked and they went back to feeding in the field. Minutes later the squirrels went crazy in the woods and this sent the four bounding off to cover and blowing in alarm. The wind was in my face so I am confident they didn’t smell me, but they definitely did not like the racket the squirrels were making. No buck checking the doe and no other deer were sighted.

Tomorrow the wind is favorable and I plan on hunting this same tree again and add some additional cover to mask my movement. I know the doe bed on this hillside and it is a matter of time for the bucks to cruise past looking for a hot doe.

More to come


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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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