Bed-to-feed patterns remain dominant, and morning hunts are still risky. However, falling acorns and the maturation of agricultural crops can change things. When soybean fields begin to yellow, deer find alternative food sources. If you’ve planted food plots, these can begin to shine now. Productive oaks, if the mast crop wasn’t a bust, suck deer off fields and into the timber. And hunting pressure has deer changing their preferred locales and hangouts.
This is a time of significant transition, and deer sightings can become scarce if you don’t adapt as well. Mixing in some morning sits near acorn-dropping oak trees can be productive, but be very careful about your approach.
Afternoon outings should still focus on primary food sources, but last week’s top draw may not be the same as this week’s.
A red oak laden with acorns.