Deer Hunting Mid Day Big Bucks

mid day big bucks Adam Jasper 9 pt.

I took this deer hunting mid day big bucks.

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.

Mid Day Big Bucks

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. 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.

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.

Special Places

special places buck

This buck was taken in one of my special places.

Do you have some  special places that you like to go deer hunting for big bucks? That place where every time you go you feel confident you just might see one of those big bucks. That place that’s so beautiful and serene that when you’re there the stress of your everyday life just goes away. I have had several places like this during my many years of deer hunting. I’d like to tell you about one of my special places.

Special Places Deer Hunting

The full moon was shining brightly as I made my way up the firebreak between the planted pines and the big hardwood ridge. It was a cold November morning and the rut was at its peak. The smell of pines and earth along with the cold morning air was invigorating. I was finally at my special place. I had been working a lot lately and hadn’t had many chances to go deer hunting. But now that I was there I was pumped. The conditions were perfect and I was in that place. As I got closer to the tree I was going to hunt in, I heard something run down the ridge in front of me. I stopped and listened as it ran off. Was it one of the big bucks? I slowly made my way to the crest of the ridge and turned left and eased up to my tree. I quietly put my portable on and made my way up. Once I was settled in I felt excited. I patiently waited as the rays of sun made their way through the hardwood. The view of the creek at the bottom of the ridge was beautiful. I listened as the birds sang their songs and the squirrels chased each other around the hardwood ridge. Then I decided to take out my rattle bag and grunt call. I grunted a few times then made the sound of antlers tickling together lightly. Then I crashed the rattle bag as hard as I could and made one heck of a fight up in that pine tree. I grunted a few more times then got my gun ready and waited. About five minutes later I saw a glimpse of a deer coming towards me. It was a nice buck. This was his territory and he was ready to defend it. He wasn’t going to allow another buck in his backyard. He came right to the tree I was in. I slowly raised my rifle and a well placed shot dropped him in his tracks!
Hunts like this only happen every once in a while. I took the time to savor the moment and thanked the Lord for such a special place to hunt and such a magnificent animal.


Top Ten Dream Hunting Trips

Do you have a top ten dream hunting trips? I know I have been wanting to go for years on a guided hunt. I have always wanted to go deer hunting in Alberta for big bucks in the snow. I just have never done it. I thought it would be fun to make a list of my top dream hunting trips.

dream hunting trips

I have several dream hunting trips I would love to do.

Dream Hunting Trips

10.Kentucky- I think Kentucky is quickly rising  up as one of the top deer hunting states to bag a trophy deer.  Todd and Christian counties in western Kentucky have beautiful open fields and heavy dense timbers, with some really nice big bucks. 

9.Nebraska- When I think of Nebraska deer hunting  I think of corn. That’s all I need to know. With the wooded river valleys and farmlands it’s prime habitat for big bucks.

8. Iowa- Corn same as above. Iowa ranks #3 in the nation in Pope and Young Bucks yet hands out the fewest tags. Its firearms season consist of muzzle-loader and shotgun only. Iowa is home of the new world record Lowenstein buck.

7.Kansas-  Ranks #4 in the Pope and Young record book. 6 of the top 10 Pope and Young typical entries belong to Kansas. Kansas is the greatest location to harvest a non-typical Boone and Crockett buck.

6.Illinois- Pike county is #2 in the nation in highest number of Pope and Young and Boone and Crockett  bucks. It’s in extreme west central Illinois. Lying between the Illinois river basins and the Mississippi. The firearms season consist of muzzle-loader and shotgun only.

5.Ohio- Home of the world record Beatty buck. Ohio is awesome for trophy bucks. With plenty of farm land and trophy bucks. During the 2006-07 season Ohio hunters harvested a state record 237,316 deer.

4.Texas-  I’d like to hunt San Miguel Ranch in south Texas. With 30,000 acres of prime brush country. And some really big trophy deer.

3.Georgia- My home state. I’ve had the chance to hunt a lot of places in Georgia. It’s beautiful with some really nice trophies. I’d like to hunt on the Banks farm in Madison, Georgia. Man they take some nice whitetails every year.

2.Canada- Anywhere that has 300 pound whitetail has got to be awesome. I’ve always wanted to go to Alberta and hunt in the snow, for world class whitetails.

1.Montana- I’ve always liked the Milk river in Montana. It just looks so beautiful. With some really big trophies.