THE SEVEN BEST DAYS

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Are you ready for the seven hottest tips you’ll get all sea­son? Here are the best days—from late Oc­to­ber through early De­cem­ber— that you must hunt. Plus, what you can ex­pect to see once you’re there.

8. DAY ONE: OC­TO­BER 25

This day should kick-start heavy pre-rut ac­tiv­ity across much of the Mid­west and North­east. Look for a ma­jor uptick in scrap­ing ac­tiv­ity, and be ready to set up over­look­ing the fresh­est spoor, or on trails lead­ing to it. With a lateafter­noon moon­rise, also fo­cus on field edges or oak stands, as deer will be hit­ting the grub with plenty of day­light to spare. Ex­pect ag­gres­sive be­hav­ior, with bucks trolling hard for that first hot doe. Rat­tling, call­ing, and de­coys should all be in play to­day. Far­ther south, bucks should be mov­ing more dur­ing day­light within their core ar­eas.

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