How do you bow hunt pre-rut?

How do you bow hunt pre-rut?

Sitting over an active scrape is a good bet for pre-rut hunters. Whenever you hunt a deer scrape, don’t just set up right on top of it. Get downwind. When the owner of that deer scrape returns to freshen it up, you can bet money he’ll approach it from downwind.

What time do bucks move during pre-rut?

The middle of October is the pre-rut. This is a period when deer have transitioned from their early season patterns to their fall ranges. This shift can occur anytime between mid-September and mid-October, but it usually always happens by October 10, which is generally when I begin implementing pre-rut hunting tactics.

Should I grunt during pre-rut?

Use Vocalizations Throughout the Season Primos says that he likes to hunt near cutovers and other bedding areas during the pre-rut, and to grunt at a level he calls a “roar,” which tells any nearby bedded bucks that another buck is possibly defending a doe.

How do you attract big bucks early bow season?

10 Tips For Early Bow Season Success

  1. Early Bow Season Stand Locations.
  2. Shoot, and Shoot Often.
  3. Defined and Enhanced Bedding to Feeding Deer Movements.
  4. No Scent, Sound or Site Hunter Access.
  5. Quiet Treestand Climbs.
  6. Downwind Scent Blockers.
  7. Evening Early Season Sit Priority.
  8. Predatory Trail Cam Use.

How often should I grunt in pre rut?

every 30 minutes
The best calling success occurs around the peak of the rut. This is when bucks are on the prowl, scraping and seeking does. Crank it up by blowing loud, choppy tending grunts every 30 minutes or so. The calls should sound something like urrrrppp, urrrrppp, urrrrppp.

What scents to use during pre rut?

Pre-rut is an ideal time to use Code Blue Tarsal Gland or Scrape Mate® as an additional curiosity scent. Check out more PRADCO Outdoor Brands including a full line of Moultrie Cellular Trail Cameras and Summit Stands. Serious scent control goes well beyond the spray-down at the truck.

What calls to use during pre rut?

Grunt calls and rattling can be effective calling methods during the pre rut phase. Bucks are still typically in their core area and if you have a bully buck with an aggressive temperament, now can be a great time to hit him with a couple short grunts to get his attention.

How often should you grunt in early season?

In areas in early to mid-October, it can’t hurt to blow half a dozen moderately loud grunts every 20 to 30 minutes. Do this whenever you’re archery hunting in a draw or on a ridge where deer move between bedding and feeding areas. You should also grunt periodically from a stand near a bedding area.

Should you rattle during early bow season?

While a balance is always best for a herd regardless of the time of year, it is not necessary for rattling to work well during early season since they are responding to be social with other bucks. So early season rattling can work even if the buck to doe ratio is skewed badly in favor of the does.

Should I use doe pee in pre-rut?

“In the pre-rut, it’s too early for doe estrus. If a doe smells that, it will spook her, and she’ll leave. You want to keep her there, so use buck urine instead; it simply sends a signal that another buck is in the area.”

Should I use doe estrus in pre-rut?

During pre-rut, a doe wants to group with other does, and a buck wants to be with other bucks—the bachelor group. Since does aren’t in heat, it’s too early for an estrous product, and using Code Blue Doe Estrous probably won’t bring a buck to your stand.

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