Sunday, October 16, 2011
When's the best time to hunt?
The answer to this question lies in a deep cave somewhere in Africa, and since I don't have access to this secret cave, you'll just have to believe me from experience. The best time to hunt has to do with the winds, the moon, the temperature etc. In my opinion if it's opening day the earlier the better and the longer you stay in the woods the greater the chance of seeing the deer. If you've done your scouting and identified your stand as a "hot spot" then it's probably a good idea to get in 30 minutes before sunrise and leave 30 minutes after sunset. What I typically do is enter the woods about 30 minutes before the sunrise, I wait until around 11 o'clock and I head out for lunch somewhere locally. In the afternoon I like to get back in no later than 2PM and sit until a little after sunset. Historically my most active times have been from 7-8AM and from 5-6PM depending on the date and the weather. I've also seen deer at 11, 12 and 1 but usually I see them first thing in the morning and just before sunset.