An End To October

26 Oct

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So far this hunting season has not gone the way I envisioned it as far as time in the tree or time on the property is concerned. I’m behind on my trail cameras, behind on treestand placement, and most importantly behind on patterning a mature buck. Usually, by this time every year I have at least 5 trail cameras running on popular scrapes or pinch points and my treestands have already been hung in my historically good “rut spots”. What’s the reason for this you ask… it’s the fact that I have two children who require full time attention. And, because my wife runs a business out of our home, this means that she needs someone to watch the kids so she can get some work done… and that person is me. God Bless My Wife! She knows that this is my passion and allows me to hunt probably more than the next guy and I know how hard it is watch the kids with no help, it downright sucks. Don’t get me wrong, I love my children and I love my wife, but there are times when it is very hard to be out of the timber knowing that the conditions are perfect. Oh well, these are the fact of life.

With October coming to an end and the rut fast approaching, I keep asking myself what do I need to do to be completely prepared for my rut vacation? Although I will be hunting Friday night and Saturday morning, my main focus will be getting organized. Before I leave the farm Saturday (to make it back in time trick-or-treating) I need to have all but one of my tree stands hung and all of my trail cameras fully powered and getting me the information I need to make movesĀ on a mature deer. Then, depending on the wind direction, I will be able to make a strong push for my vacation the 9th – 15th. By the way my brothers wedding is November 7th, 4.5 hours away from my main hunting property. Oh well, he is my brother after all!

This weekend I witnessed a young buck chasing and a mature 10 basically scent checking a group of does. The young buck told me that we are getting close, but the mature 10 told me that we are at least 5 days out of any craziness. If you are able to hunt this week be sure to watch the moon rising and setting times, towards the end of the week we will see the moon setting as the sun starts rising, according to some, this will have the deer on there feet. If I was able to hunt I would find the scrapes and set up over one you feel is popular. Or, find a good doe bedding area with easy access and make a move to the stand early. In my opinion, mornings this week could be good. To be honest, I’m not sure what stand I will even be hunting. The wind direction and other hunters will play a big part in my decision. It’s hard to plan with so many variables. As always, it will be a game time decision.

Thanks for reading and good luck for those who make it to the timber this week,
Dan (DFW)

 

 

6 Responses to “An End To October”

  1. Scott Clarke October 26, 2015 at 7:00 pm #

    Been out only 3x. Have 6 trail cams not even up. I hear what your saying with 2 young kids and a busy wife. Trying to get out tonight but It may not happen. Oh well. All it takes is one sit to change your season. Good luck.

  2. Brent October 27, 2015 at 2:22 am #

    Going out Wednesday to Saturday, trick or treating will be cutting my Saturday short as well. 2 kids are a Huge game changer

    • Dan Johnson October 27, 2015 at 11:29 am #

      So in 17 years when they are out of the house, then we can go back to hunting a lot right? Thanks for reading!

  3. Travis Glassman October 27, 2015 at 2:54 am #

    I hear you loud and clear about limited time afield! I have two boys under the age of 4. I’m very blessed to have an amazing wife and family who allows me time in the stand! Keep taking care of those kiddos as that’s most important! You’ll be rewarded a big buck at some point and it’ll make it that much sweeter! Best of luck man!

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