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Click to enlargeHow to Know When Bucks Move

The Deer That Move the Most in Bad Weather

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 Click to enlargethe days when deer tend to move the most actively, you’ll have more deer sightings and a greater chance of taking that buck you’ve wanted all season.

“You can take a buck in foggy, windy and rainy conditions,” Bo Pitman, the lodge Manager at White Oak Plantation in Tuskegee, Alabama, explained. “But on those days, you usually will bag the younger, dumber bucks. Young bucks haven’t learned they risk encountering a hunter when the weather impairs their senses. But the trophy bucks understand that they face severe disadvantages if they move in foul weather. They know they must hold in thick cover to survive in bad weather.” Click to enlargeMost of us have to hunt when we can, even under difficult hunting conditions. If you’ll discover how to hunt in bad weather when bucks don’t move, you can drastically increase your odds of bagging a really big buck. In nice-weather conditions, you may see a trophy buck almost anywhere. But under bad-weather conditions, the larger bucks likely will hold in the thickest cover they can find. To take those deer, stalk into that thick cover to find a buck in his bed. The deer will have difficulty seeing, hearing or smelling you. A man-drive provides another tactic for producing big bucks in foul weather. In wind or rain, a group of hunters can move into position to Click to enlargesurround a thick-cover area without the bucks seeing or hearing them. If the drivers go into the thick cover on the downwind side of the thicket, they often can jump a buck and push him toward the standers. If you have only bad weather in which to hunt, you’ll find man-drives the easiest and most effective method of bagging a buck. Now you know the good news - where the big bucks hold in bad-weather days and which strategies to use to take them. Even if you can’t hunt the days bucks should move, you can force the bucks out of cover by utilizing these tactics.

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 5