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Clovis6

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The routine for me is pretty much always the same. Get in an hour before Sunrise, leave at 9. Get in by 4, leave 30 min after Sunset. Given my work and travel schedule this fall I'm going to have to do a lot more early-afternoon hunting. Hoping it's not going to be a total waste of time.

So who sits all day or only goes out at Midday? And what do you see in the late-morning and/or early-afternoon timeframes? Should I sit in a blind or stalk bedded animals?

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Within all my hunting years I've only seen deer at mid-day a very few times but that has not stopped me from hunting all day.  You gotta keep them honest.  Besides, you never know.  Frank
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Including firearms, 50% of the deer I've killed were midday. My first bow kill was at 2pm. Depending on where I'm hunting, sometimes early morning and late afternoon are best. I've headed on for evening hunts and the deer will already be there.
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November all day . But right now I get in at 11:00 or so . Bump out to many going in the dark . Rob do you hunt the same spot all the time . Thouse deer are patterning you ! Stalking beded deer .allmost impossible in my neck of the woods . I’ve had lots of sightings mid mid day in October also . They get up and stretch their legs grab a bite to eat take a piss . Hey just like us 😂. Well I got to take a shower and hit the woods . 🦌🏹👍
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If you were hunting YOU, would you go to the same place at any time of day, or are there better options....train station morning and evening, lunch wagon mid day, coffee shop mid morning and mid afternoon. Etc. They have things they do at certain times too. Find where and when and locate funnels to further pinpoint the spots to be.

Re stalking.. i like it. I believe i am good at it, but unless you know where they might be or bed AND the terrain and weather allows quiet movement, you would be better served sitting.

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I've been keeping records for more than 30 years now.  I sit all day during the rut and during that time, I by far see the most and biggest bucks from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Second best time is from daylight to 10 a.m, and third is from 2 to closing.

I usually have 6 to 9 stands set up, and hunt them based on wind direction.  I try to never sit the same stand two days in a row.  Like to give any stand about two days or more between sits.  I hunt the thick woods of Northern Wisconsin and I don't go in way before daylight.  I plan my departure to arrive at my stand a few minutes before shooting time.  Simply not possible to walk up to a mile or more in the woods in the dark without spooking most of what's in the vicinity.  
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When the weather gets cool I do more mid day hunting.
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I never go in during the dark. One spooks way too many deer in the dark and that just ruins the area. do it several days in a row and you might as well forget it. Always wait until it is light enough for me to see what's in front of me. Never use a flashlight because in some states like Wisconsin and Iowa to name a few, that is considered spotlighting and is illegal. I always leave my evening stands before darkness, legal shooting hours because again I don't want to spook any deer I can't see.

From the 20th of October on ward until end of November morning stands will be used till 11:00 at least and depending upon the moon phase and deer activity seen will sit longer. Rarely will I sit the same stand all day as conditions usually change during the day. 1-2:00 have been my worst times, 9-12:00 very good and 2-closing also very good but then I am not sitting on food sources. Most of my late morning, after 11:00 and early afternoon, 2-3:00 sightings of big bucks are when they are guarding does.

If you've done your homework properly and set up a particular stand site so the deer don't have to cross your entry/exit trail the very best times for success are the first and maybe second time sitting that stand. Rarely will I hunt the same stand twice a week. I'd rather not sit/hunt if the conditions for a particular stand are not in my favor.

The very best conditions for seeing big bucks are when the wind is almost wrong for you. ie parallel scent stream. Bucks do more moving with cross winds than anything else. They can't always move into the wind.

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  My time in the woods is limited, so I hunt when the opportunity allows. During the rut here in Texas you can see deer any time just like in any other part of the country. I'll also still hunt the creek bottoms during mid day and fairly often find deer loafing around in them. 

  I also try and have stands in places that will accommodate different deer movement habits. I like to have a stand near an area that I know the deer use during mid day as a loafing/rest area. I've had deer wonder by either coming from or going to at odd hours. They just get the urge to move for some reason I guess.

  I like to have a stand near where the deer travel in the evening, going to a feeding area, and same thing for morning. Travel routes going to or from. 

  I'm also one who is not big on going in before daylight.
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Thanks for the advice on areas in the woods where I may have better opportunties during midday. I am going to try several of the ideas the next few times I am able to get out.  There are certainly a wide range of hunting scenarios guys are getting to enjoy and I am very envious.  9 stands? How do you remember them all? 

My situation is pretty restricted compared to many of the posts.  In southeast PA, I hunt a small patch of state game land that can be easily reached by folks from major urban areas in both PA and NJ.  Translates into lots of hunters in a too small space. And of course, since there is no Sunday hunting in PA, the concentration of hunters on Saturday is even higher.  Can't leave a stand up or a blind out there and I don't do climbers because of my bad hip, so it's improvised ground blinds and a leafy poncho. Even perfect set ups (concealment, wind, trails) can be spoiled in an instant by other hunters or hikers moving through the area (like yesterday). I am enjoying being in the woods with a bow in my hand, but the odds of a successful hunt are very low. 

My situation in VA is a little better where I am part of a lease on a property about an hour from my house. But even there, I have to reserve a piece of the property days in advance, be in my stand/blind by 30 min before legal hunting time and can't leave my area until 9.  In the afternoon, I have to be in position by 3 and can't leave until after legal hunting time.  I have a couple of places that have been good to me, but the whole process generally means I only get out there 2-3 times a year.  Especially since work keeps me in PA most of the hunting season now. Also not a recipe for success when so much can change so fast in the woods over the course of the season. I guess I'll just keep at it and see if I can make some magic happen. And try to relax if it doesn't.  This is all supposed to be fun.

 



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I used to hunt midday more than I do now but never saw nearly as many deer as I do early or late. However, I have seen some really nice deer in the middle of the day.
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Some of my best whitetails were taken between 11 and 1 oclock. Ive seen mature bucks scent check scrapes down wind during mid day. I'm sneaking in close to bedding areas and scrape lines. I almost prefer mid day to morning or eve. But I hunt whenever I can. Which is almost every day now that I'm retired. :^)
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