The third week of October could be considered the “October Lull” for many hunters, but slow movement is more likely due to these variables.
“Week 3”: October 17th-23rd
Now we are in the third week October…meaning crops have been coming down, are about to come down, or are all harvested around you. Acorns could still plague you, be nearly nonexistent, or are about to be all finished up. Your food plots could be becoming very attractive depending on the species and deer movement/activity is, as always still increasing as we approach November. October cold fronts have passed through, and are still on their way, but the weather could still mostly be labeled as “warm” for deer hunting. Last but certainly not least the hunting pressure has increased on your property in most cases. Now that might have seemed like a list to you but that was just the definition of the October Lull…
This is why you see a lot of blogs, articles, videos trying to educate more than anything rather than giving straight up blatant answers because every answer is situational dependent.
Now what’s actually going on during the October Lull? I just finished up pulling cards across several properties. Now out of all the trail cameras spread across our properties they are covering many different areas such as food plots, crop fields, acorns, and transition areas closer to bedding areas. Most, but not all have a mock scrape in the image but are set on a great run, entrance, funnel or key point for movement in each area.