Want to tag a big buck with your bow the middle of this month?

Want to tag a big buck with your bow the middle of this month?


Then learn how to hunt the middle ground of your deer hunting property, those mid-way points that lie between where whitetails bed and where they feed each day. Because that’s often where you’ll find an October whitetail hanging out during legal shooting time.


"Mature bucks wait for the cover of darkness before entering open crop fields," said Mossy Oak deer hunting pro-staffer Mike Monteleone.


"(So) hunting a travel route in between a staging area and a crop field is the way to go when hunting afternoons and evenings."


Does that mean it’s a waste of time to hunt October whitetails in the morning?


No says Monteleone, not if you do it right.


"Morning hunting setups should be similar," he said. "Ambush a buck as he leaves a crop field or before he goes to bed by hunting a travel route in between the two."


What about later in the month?


"As late October approaches, start hunting the downwind side of doe bedding areas," said the Mossy Oak pro-staffer. "The last week of October is when the larger bucks appear in daylight, so think about hunting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for (those weeks)."