ok we are coming up on the close of the firearms season for many in the northeast. the first rut is just about over, the seondary rut will begin probably this weekend. I've not taken my buck yet so I plan to hunt post season, to include winter bow in january if neccessary. So my question is what can I expect in terms of buck movement and habitat in the post season? How much will the second rut affect this? I've talked to some other experienced hunter and here is what they have to say:
1. Its all about the foodsource...the bucks will resume their prerut travel habits/patterns and feed to put on weight for the winter..go where the food is and thats where you can expect them to be.
2. Safety in numbers...you can expect the bucks to move with the does. After being pressured from the firearms season they will move in groups
3. Hunt the afternoons vice the mornings...the deer are tryign to conserve energy and will move less in the mornings, but mostly in the afternoons?
4. For the latter half of Decemeber you can expect the deer to still be skiddish and hunkered down/traveling through the thicker stuff..their still skiddish fromt he firearms season pressure. Thsi would make sense except it conflicts with comment #1 where deer will resume their normal prerut travel routes/patterns..I even had one friend suggest that I stay out of the woods entirely for the rest of december..let things clam down, figure out where their going and then hit it hard in january...not so sure about this especially with the secondary rut.
5. Swamps are a good place to hunt in the post season...skiddish deer love hiding out there and they water is warmer than the airtemp hence the deer tend to bed there in winter.
6. Can i expect bucks to continue using their scrapes or create new scrapes through the secondary rut?
Ok, so thats what I've heard, any feedback is appreciated, i need to start formulating my post season hunting plans.
Thanks all appreciate the feedback, keep it coming. Just to clarify my question regarding scrapes, I was really wondering if deer would continue to use the same trail that scrapes are located along AFTER the rut? To me it makes sense that they would, although they wouldn't neccessarily re-scrape or create new scrapes.
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