How To Hunt The 2nd Rut – It Takes A Rare Hunter

When Is The 2nd Rut

In the MIdwest the 2nd Rut starts the second week of December and goes to the end of the year. Now you may think this is a very tough time to archery hunt because of the cold and snow, but the opposite is true. Yes it’s very cold and walking in the snow requires more energy, but there are fewer doe in heat and the big bucks are covering a lot of area to find them.

Another advantage is that the deer are herding up, so seeing groups of 10 to 50 deer is not uncommon. If the snow is deep enough then you only need to focus on those trials heading to and from the feeding areas, so just wait them out. Many late season hunters bag big bucks during this time.

Are You Alone In The 2nd Rut

Depending on the Winter you may find yourself alone hunting the second Rut. With temperatures reaching down into the single digits and up to the low 30s most archery hunters will not venture out. The snowy cold is just to much to bare, but is there any thing better than having the woods to yourself.

Best time of the Day To Hunt The 2nd Rut

The time of day is all on your comfort level. For example I like to be there 15 minutes before light/dawn, as the deer will be bedded down on the East facing slopes waiting for the sun. Once the Sun is above the horizon they will become more active, but if you walk in at this time you will only push them out.

If the mornings are to cold, then focus on the noon hours, the bucks will be moving, scraping, and looking for doe that did not get breed during the first rut. The noon hours are also warmer so you can handle sitting in the deer stand much longer. The next best time is a couple of hours before dark. This is the time the deer will move into the fields looking for any grain that was dropped during harvest. So focus on those trails that go from the bedding areas to the feeding areas.

Snowy Hill Sides – Easy To See But Very Cold

Here are a few pictures on the land I purchased this year. These were taken during the Black Powder Season, unfortunately I still have not see a Buck that I want to take. I will try to get out a few times for the late archery season and see if I can tag one.

How To Hunt the Pre-Rut

Whitetail Deer

The Deer are in the Pre-Rut cycle now and in two weeks they will be in full Rut, it’s going to get exciting. During the pre-rut we have rattled and grunted in a lot of bucks, but just no shooters yet.

Where are the Larger Bucks

The larger bucks seem to be traveling during the early and late hours, when it’s still dark out, but that is soon to change. When those Doe come into Heat (reproductive cycle) the bigger bucks will start chasing and it will be all day long.

Signs Of Larger Bucks

Here we see large trees and even a telephone pole hit.

Bucks Taken by Archery

Here are a couple of Deer taken in the past week by a couple of friends, but I’m still waiting for something that will score higher.

Here are a couple of the videos from the first week of Gun Season

Midwest Whitetail Pre-Rut in 2 weeks

It’s the second week of October, the corn is still standing, the first frost is yet to come, and the long awaited Whitetail Pre-Rut is coming quick.

Current Deer Sightings

Right now we are still seeing many doe in the fields and woods edges, with very few Bucks, so where are they? They are in the standing corn waiting for the cooler days and a few of the doe to get them excited. So get ready as in the next two weeks the bucks wills start hitting the woods and chasing doe(s).

Pre-Rut Best Archery Season

So how do you hunt the archery season before this starts; focus on the corn, beans, and hay fields, especially where you have oak trees hanging over those corps and dropping acorns. But in two weeks when the corn starts to come off and we get a good frost things will change quickly. The bucks will either be forced to the woods for cover or for searching out doe(s) that are starting their estrus cycle early. Either way this time of the season is better than the Rut, why? Because bucks are not fighting for dominance yet, they are a little dumb focusing on finding a doe in heat, and they will be traveling in groups still. I have seen as many as 5 bucks traveling together during the pre-rut with the last buck typically being the dominant one.

Here are a couple of videos from the night of Sept 30th and the morning of Oct 6th

How To Make Deer Stand Skirts – Whitetail Hunting

How To Make Camo Skirts For Dual Ladder & Self Climbing Stands

If you have been searching for Deer Stand Skirts you have most likely found it difficult to find a camouflage skirt for a Self-Climbing or a Dual Ladder Deer Stand. In the following videos I will show you how easy it is to make your own and how they look on the stand.

Materials You Will Need

For materials go to the Joan Fabric website and print the 50% and 60% off one item coupons along with one for Thread (typically buy one get one free), next go to the Joan Fabric store and purchase your materials. For Fabric and Velcro purchase them by the yards to get multiple yards for the one coupon price.

Completed Deer Stand Skirting

Self-Climbing Deer Stand Skirt
Dual-Ladder Deer Stand Skirting

Cost To Make One Skirt

Wait for the sales/coupons, then you should be able to purchase all the materials for just under $13. It will take you ~40 minutes to make one of these skirts using a sewing machine, maybe less if you are efficient in sewing. if interested I would make one and include shipping for $25/skirt. *Note, for Dual Ladder Stands you will need two skirts.

Making The Skirt Step By Step Video

Assembling Onto A Dual Ladder Stand

Early August Bass Fishing – Large & Small Mouth

Catching Bass In August

Fishing in August can be very productive, but this past weekend was challenging. Not only did we have to try multiple baits and presentations we had to contend with a Bass Tournament. The best catch was the day after the tournament, go figure.

The Baits We Tried

This past weekend, August 11,12,13th was one of the toughest weekends I have had for Bass Fishing. We had to work multiple baits caughting bass on all but one of them, not the action we typically see. The 5 baits we tried; Buzz Bait, Small Top Water Popper, Bandit 200 & 300s, and a strike King with an Reaction Innovation.

Find The Bass Strike I Missed – In Slow Motion