I received two requests this week that I find interesting. Both Robbie Hall and Chuck Dorton asked the same question. Although they don’t know each other, both deserve an answer. They ask how I manage, year after year, to always get big turkeys and deer. I have no magic wand, but I will pass along what I think is important to bagging your quarry.
My secret is planning and homework. Let’s use this coming deer season as an example. First, have you researched the moon phases? Did you know that opening day of gun season in Kentucky actually comes at the last of the peak rut? The phases look like this — the new moon arrived October 26 with the first quarter coming today (November 2). Full moon is November 10 and the last quarter is November 18. According to the moon — and it works for me — afternoon deer movement near food sources will be on fire — if it is cold — between November 5 and 9.
This will change as we get closer to the full moon on November 10, and the best hunting will change to mornings and midday. Later in the month, around the last quarter, it will shift again to early mornings. If your land has a lot of crops, go into the woods November 4 through 9. If you are hunting the woods, do so November 7 to 12. This of course will be with your bow, as modern firearms don’t open till the 12th.
Between November 10 and the 15, stay in the woods all day — but remember that being there between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. is the best time to see the deer of your dreams. By the way, the day I pick to be the best day of 2011 is Wednesday, November 9.
Now that I’ve let the cat out of the bag, it is up to you to get it done. This works for me not only during deer season, but also turkey season.