Pre And Post Rut Deer Hunting Success
During early deer season you may want to find a good stand of white oak trees. White oaks, unlike red oak and black oak, drop acorns more readily. White oak acorn nuts are not as bitter as those from red and black oaks.
When white oaks have good acorn crop, target these areas. They will draw deer. Deer will use these heavy acorn producing trees year after year.
Make sure you do plenty of pre-season scouting to help you locate if and where your deer hunting woods holds white oak trees.
When scouting for white oak also look for areas with lush grasses, vines, wild grapes and wild fruit trees such as apples and plums.
You may have an old homesteaded or abandoned farm on your deer hunting land. Watch this location carefully.
The folks who homesteaded these now abandoned locations may have planted fruit trees to harvest for their pantries. If these trees are now abandoned, they become great hangouts for deer to find early autumn food sources.
Once you locate an abandoned homestead, look for well-used deer trails leading to food sources, water and cover. Study deer movement surrounding the old buildings and orchards on the property.
When you have patterned deer movements to and from the food sources choose your deer stand locations wisely. Make sure your deer hunting tree stand is set up downwind from food sources you plan to hunt.
You might get a shot at the big buck nobody else has seen yet.
Post Rut Deer Hunting Success
In the northern part of the USA, Post Rut occurs during the some of the coldest times of the year. Perhaps this is why some deer hunters choose to forget Post Rut.
Regardless of the thermometer reading outside, Post Rut deer hunting action can be extremely hot.
When Does Post-Rut Begin?
Doe deer not bred successfully during Pre Rut and Main Rut will go into estrus 28 days after Main Rut. Count out 28 days from Main Rut and you will be smack dab in prime Post Rut deer hunting action.
There will be fewer doe deer going into estrus during Post Rut than during Main Rut, because most does are bred during Main Rut.
Sign of Post Rut Activity
One tell-tale sign of Post Rut is a quick increase in deer activity.
Doe deer in Post Rut estrus show more aggressive approaches to finding breeding bucks.
You may notice doe deer trotting along and stopping frequently to deposit estrus urine.
Set up your deer blind or tree stand nearby. Make sure you are down wind of where the deer activity is taking place.
Doe deer in Post Rut estrus become more vocal, using soft grunts more frequently, trying to catch the attention of bucks in the area.
Bucks in the area that whiff the estrus pheromone quickly swarm the estrus doe. It is quite possible to have several bucks chasing one doe. It is as if the bucks realize this is the last hurrah for the year.
Who knows, you could be faced with the option of which buck to shoot.