Despite the unseasonably warm temperatures many people are finding success across the Midwest. The mornings are still cool and the evenings seem to be cooling off rather quickly. These can be some very good times to be in the tree-stand. Another thing in everyone's favor right now is the moon phase. In fact I don't know that it could be better.
Wednesday November 11th, Veterans Day, we have a new moon. This means that from November 3rd to November 19th we have the opportunity to be hunting with no more than a half moon in the night sky; couldn't be any better for the typical rut dates of the Midwest. We are also experiencing weather changes.
There is also a cold front moving in on Wednesday that will cause the temperatures to drop and looks like it will be bringing us some precipitation as well. With the unseasonably warm temp I feel that these cold fronts in the rut could be even more productive for us. Last week Thursday and Friday, November 5-6th, we had a small front move through causing the temperature to fall.
I saw many deer across the Midwest hit the ground those two days. Including the two harvested by one of my customers and good friend, Jake, shown in the picture above. Jake put a arrow through both of these bucks within minutes of each other, both cruising after does that were in and around his food plots. There is not a bad day to be in a tree right now and many tactics may prove successful. Rattling, grunting, doe bleats and even dragging scent lines behind you on the way into the tree. The bucks are on the move and looking for those receptive does.
Some bucks may even be locked down with does right now. I have heard from a few friends in Northern South Dakota that they are experiencing this right now. A situation like this could be an excellent time to put a stalk on a mature buck while all his attention is focused on that doe. Just do not spook the doe and there is a good chance you could get a shot on one.
For all of you hunting Nebraska's rifle season opening this weekend, remember to wear your orange and watch out for other hunters.
Hunt Safe, Hunt Hard and Hunt Smart!