THE SEVEN BEST DAYS
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.