5 Times Mature Bucks Are More Apt to Move in Daylight

By author of Brow Tines and Backstrap

Stay Poised for When These Opportunities Present Themselves

Big bucks are smart. They aren’t easy to get close to. They’re oftentimes reclusive, stuck in their ways and driven by survival. That makes hunting them more difficult than hunting other deer. But there are certain things and times to hunt that can help increase the odds of success. Here are five of those.

Dawn and Dusk

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1 | Dawn and Dusk

The research shows that mature bucks move most at dawn and dusk. There’s no changing that. And the data suggests that’ll always be true regardless of time of year, hunting pressure, etc. While midday hunts can be very effective, your best odds of killing are still in that first and last hour of legal shooting light.

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When They Have the Wind in Their Favor

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2 | When They Have the Wind in Their Favor

Mature bucks almost always use the wind to their advantage. That includes when they bed, feed and go to water. That’s why they’re more likely to move in a given location during daylight if the wind is in their favor while doing so. That’s where just-off winds come into play. Hunt those times when deer think the wind is in their favor, but it’s just good enough that you’re able to get a shot off without the deer smelling you.

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Fronts and Significant Temperature Changes

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3 | Fronts and Significant Temperature Changes

Major increases or decreases in temperature have the ability to spark sudden deer activity and movement. I’ve witnessed this on many occasions. The amount of daylight activity increases noticeably when this happens? So, what’s a significant temperature change? In my opinion, it’s any temperature swing (up or down) of 15 to 20 degrees (or more) within a 24-hour period. These typically follow fronts and pop-up thunderstorms.

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Key Weather Events

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4 | Key Weather Events

Rain. Snow. Thunderstorms. Anything else inclement-weather-related. These things encourage deer to move — especially if they occur in early morning or late afternoon. Some hunters say this isn’t a factor. But I’ve seen too much evidence to suggest it isn’t true. As a matter of fact, I just filled my 2018 Kentucky tag on a once-in-a-lifetime 8-point buck — in the rain.

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When There’s Less Hunting Pressure

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5 | When There’s Less Hunting Pressure

If there’s less hunting pressure, you can just about bet there will be more daylight activity. Deer that aren’t hunted as hard are typically more likely to move farther from their beds during daylight hours. It’s true. But, luckily, it is possible to find yourself in such situations on both private and public land if you’re willing to put in the time and effort to set yourself up for success.

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