The chasing phase has been for a bit here in Western New York . The doe tend to go to the middle of the fields to stay away from the bucks . I had been hunting along the edge of hedgerows with the bow but the doe were way out in the fields .
Gun season opens this Saturday . I will have the 12 gauge opening day and then start using the muzzle loader .Depending on the reaction of the deer , I might take a pistol along and see about getting another deer that way .
Back to the topic ----- once the shooting starts , the deer tend to run along the hedgerows / field edges so they will have some cover . THat's the place to be .
During the peak rut , I used to have good luck hunting the woods on my sister in laws property but I have to walk through an overgrown area that doesn't drain . The ground will suck the boots off your feet . The when you get a deer , it is a real chore getting it out . Hunting the woods is great if the ground conditions are okay .
Like Woodswalker said , stillhunting works during this phase ..............