Hunting mid day big bucks can pay off big time. I remember when I first started deer hunting, I would go in the morning until 10:00 or 11:00 am. Then I would go back to camp and eat lunch and hang out until 2:00 or 3:00 pm when it was time for the evening hunt.
I started hearing about more and more big bucks being harvested while hunting during the middle of the day. And the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. If there is a lot of deer hunting pressure in an area they will feed at night and bed during the early morning. By mid day they will either get hungry, thirsty, or not be tired anymore and need to stretch.
Hunters Coming Out of the Woods
Also with other hunters coming in and out of the woods, if you stay in the woods you may see a buck that was jumped by another hunter and are on the move. With less hunters in the woods during mid-day maybe the bucks feel safer to move about. If it is during the rut, bucks will either be looking for a doe in heat or chasing a doe in heat, it doesn’t matter what time of day it is. The more time you spend in the woods, the better your chances of harvesting big bucks.
Short Mid Day Hunt
It was the middle of November and my dad and I had gone that morning and we both had returned to camp around 10:45 a.m. My dad fixed us breakfast, he’s the camp cook, and a pretty darn good one at that. He decided to take a nap after we ate. I had been wanting to check a road bed for scrapes that seem to be in the same spot every year. It was a very warm day for November. I slowly made my way down to the road where I suspected the scrapes.
Then I spotted a doe crossing the creek at the bottom of the hill. She didn’t see me. She kept looking back as if something was behind her. I knew it might be a big buck following behind her. She walked down the creek out of sight. I eased down the road slowly, looking and listening to every movement and every sound. Then I heard something coming at me on the same trail the doe had taken. I positioned myself behind a tree and got my rifle ready. When I saw him he had his nose to the ground and was walking slowly. The sight of that big rack made my heart start pumping faster.
I made the decision to shoot him and my new Winchester 7mm short magnum put him down for the count. He was a beautiful 9 pointer. And I harvested him on a warm mid day in November. He was following a doe during the middle of the day.