With the exit of the October Lull, comes the action of the Pre-Rut. This week can be the best time to hunt scrapes the entire year, see why…
It’s week 4, October 24th-30th and this is the time we live for as whitetail hunters. This is the Pre-rut and it is a great time to kill bucks. Bucks are finally showing themselves in daylight more and more, their constantly checking scrapes, bedding areas, food sources, and travel corridors, for one thing, that first receptive doe. During the week 4 period the woods start exploding with deer sign, posture becomes more aggressive, sparring turns more aggressive, and deer are really moving and being active. This week’s discussion is pre-rut hunting strategies.
This is one of my favorite weeks to check cards on my cameras because you typically start seeing a lot more buck movement, which of course always carry’s the possibility of new bucks passing through on the property. It also means your experience with the October Lull is over, and once again you will start seeing bucks show up on your trail cameras. Not just on your trail cameras, but where many hunters would favor seeing bucks, like on green food sources. Wherever the does are, expect bucks to be pushing them around and checking their status.
Any information on your hit-list bucks is critical because once the nasty weather moves through, whitetails will be on their feet, bucks will be on their feet, they will be heading to food sources, and if the temp drop is significant enough you should see great movement. So for this week, check your trail cameras often, but during prime opportunities like nasty weather. If you find back your hit-list buck, make a move on him, this is the week to get aggressive with your tactics, but stay smart with pre-rut hunting strategies.