I'd hunt the down wind side of the corn field with a scent lure 25 yards on each side of my stand. Bucks will scent check the down wind edge of the field for hot doe's, and hopefully they will smell your lures. The late planting for most farmers is going to leave alot of corn un-harvested until later than normal this year. With all this rain we are getting this year its going to be interesting to see when they will be able to get in the fields for harvest. Good luck!ORIGINAL: JPH
I hung my stands yesterday, on the Iowa property that I hunt. It is basically a big, odd shaped crop field that draws deer like a magnet in the evenings. I have stands to watch the field on every wind direction.
This year it is in corn and is way behind. I have a feeling that it will remain standing through much of October. I will be hunting the early muzzleloader season (Oct. 11-19).
I'm open for advice on hunting standing corn. What tactics have you guys employed in this situation that have allowed you to succeed?
Personally, I would not go into the standing corn to hunt, I would hunt any obvious travel routes in and out of the field. Even if bucks are bedding in the field, I suspect that they will leave from time to time. I have heard of the idea of still-hunting across the rows on windy days, looking down the rows before you step into them. But in my experience bowhunting during early to mid-October, when the corn is still up in Illinois, I see far more deer that seem to be bedding in the usual areas and using the edge of corn fields to feed. Besides, it would seem that the amount of noise that is created on a windy day would tend to drive deer out of a field into a place where their hearing is not so compromised by background noise.
So, I'd set stands so that deer walking the edge are shootable and windy or not I'd hunt them, not the corn field itself.
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