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Best Days for Bagging a Buck

EDITOR’S NOTE: You have no way of knowing what day you’ll see a buck of a lifetime during deer season. But you can pinpoint which days to hunt to increase your odds of sighting one. By hunting on the days when deer tend to move the most actively, you’ll have more deer sightings and a Click to enlargegreater chance of taking that buck you’ve wanted all season.

According to Bo Pitman, the lodge Manager at White Oak Plantation in Tuskegee, Alabama, if the wind blows the morning after a front passes through, it will often die late in the afternoon. You’ll have the best chance of seeing a buck under these conditions just before dark. Click to enlargeThe day before a front passes through your area offers the second-best day to take a trophy buck. Deer seem to have internal clocks that notify them of approaching bad weather. Although deer can and will feed under severe weather conditions, they prefer not to eat then. Therefore, plan to hunt the day before a storm. “If you’re watching the weather map on television, you can see a storm coming,” Pitman reports. “If you can sit in your stand three to four hours ahead of the storm, your likelihood of spotting a buck increases immediately.”

Click to enlargeMost people run to the grocery store to stock their freezers and cupboards when they hear of upcoming bad weather. They know that inclement weather means they must stay indoors for a long time, and they don’t want to go out searching for food. Deer operate under this same premise. They’ll feed heavily before a storm. When they realize that bad weather will come soon, they’ll bed down in thick cover and not search for food.


Check back each day this week for more about How to Know When Bucks Move

Day 1: The Vietnam Stand Buck
Day 2: Best Days for Bagging a Buck
Day 3: Times to Hunt in the Rain
Day 4: The Worst Days to Hunt
Day 5: The Deer That Move the Most in Bad Weather



Entry 336, Day 2