Go Home October Lull…
You’re Drunk

6 Oct

lull – a temporary pause or decline in activity

“Dude, why are you even hunting, it’s the October Lull”. If I read one more article or hear one more “professional” mention the middle of October as being a lull in deer movement I might just blow a gasket. I know what you’re thinking, I’m going against everything anyone has ever said about this time of year. But, in my opinion, you can take your October Lull and stick it up your butt.

“The October Lull is an excuse for people that don’t know how to hunt outside of the rut…it’s just a lack of knowledge and understanding of deer behavior.” – J.J. Pugh

 

The above video was taken during the 2014 “October Lull”.

I’m not a huge fan of hunting field edges. With that said, most of my mid-October stand locations are further in the timber in pinch points, staging areas, or easily accessed stands on popular trails. Since I changed my hunting strategy in 2006 I have yet to witness any type of lull, I am constantly moving . I have a feeling that the people who came up with, and use the term, October Lull are field edge and food plot hunters who for the most part sit in the same stands throughout the year. When the deer change their food sources and feeding patterns, and we don’t make the change with them, it would appear as if there would be reduced movement.

Just because you don’t see something doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Yes, most mature bucks this time of year are moving after the sun goes down and are back to their bedding areas before the sun comes up. But not all of them, they’re still moving, still making scrapes and rubs, and still eating. Over the years my trail cameras have captured these kinds of pattern changes, but no lack of movement, just different times of the day. Again, this could be misconstrued as a “lull” as we don’t see what’s happening during the nocturnal hours.

 

Will someone remind this mature buck to stop moving during daylight hours... It's the October Lull!

Will someone remind this mature buck to stop moving during daylight hours… It’s the October Lull!

 

Or are we confused? Are we calling this a lull because we have stopped seeing bucks on their feet during daylight hour? Then we should be more specific and call this the “October Daylight Movement Lull”. Through historical data and knowledge, I can tell you that when I get back to my main hunting farm this weekend there will be new scrapes telling me that the bucks are adding tasks to their daily routine. If this anything this could mean there is increased movement with bucks, again, just during nocturnal hours or to and from food sources that are not seen from a field edge.

Long story short… don’t be afraid of what other are saying about this time of year. Plus, you can’t kill a deer if you not in the tree.

Thanks for reading,
Dan (DFW)

4 Responses to “Go Home October Lull…
You’re Drunk”

  1. Brian October 6, 2015 at 5:17 pm #

    Couldn’t agree with you more Dan. I was covered in deer last night and killed my buck and 2 does in October last year. Would be a great podcast discussion!

  2. R.D. October 6, 2015 at 6:59 pm #

    Dan Infalt said it best when he was on the podcast, he is still seeing action because he is hunting their bedroom. In pressured states, the whole hunting season is a lull if you aren’t hunting bedding (and the right beds at the right times- …can of worms opened). Radio collar studies show movement increases as October goes on, but daylight movement decreases with pressure as well as stand avoidance after each hunt in that location. It comes down to a bit of semantics, Movement vs. daylight movement, I think the assumption is the word “movement” does refer to “daylight movement” (interchangeable) since you can’t legally kill them at night, less daylight movement = less opportunity. So if they are moving more but at night because of temp, pressure, changing food source, whatever, it doesn’t do you much good. But you can still get movement in grey light by hunting beds, even on pressured land, and during this time buck movement can still be somewhat consistent before the rut kicks in- reasons why you see hunters like Infalt and D’acquisto having such success hunting beds in mid October, I believe.

  3. Jacob V. October 6, 2015 at 11:08 pm #

    First and foremost, keep up the quality writing, I’d encourage you to stay true to your beliefs. Maintaining your integrity may not earn you an article in a magazine to start with, but the more that people come to understand that you are telling truths about your experience – the more, I believe they will heed your advice.
    Regarding the “lull” I’m with Dan Infalt on this one, I believe Mark Drury mentioned in his podcast interview with you gents as well (or at least alluded to it), that the “lull” is a direct result of a change in pressure. If you think about it, the deer haven’t seen or heard or smelled anything out of us for months as we’ve protected their space from intrusion; then or the first week of October, we relentlessly pressure them. Of course, they will adjust to that sort of intrusion, which most people refer to as the “lull”. If, however, a deer doesn’t know that anything has changed why would they need to adapt? They won’t, and amazingly, we won’t experience a “lull”! Its always advised to hunt intelligently, to keep from educating the deer to our presence. In my opionion its simple: The better we hunt, the more we can hunt.

    Keep up the great work!

    Best regards,
    Jacob V.

    • Dan Johnson October 7, 2015 at 11:32 am #

      Jacob,

      Thanks for the kind words and thanks for taking time to read my work. Yep, every property is different and deer in different areas take pressure is different ways.

      Good luck this season, keep me posted.
      Dan

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