With the rut upon us, I thought it would be useful to share some quick tips on hunting the rut. And one of the most important tips to keep in mind this time of year is to hunt downwind of bedding areas. Big bucks soon will be getting on their feet and cruising for does and you need to be in the right spot to intersect them. Just like humans, bucks are lazy and to avoid walking through every doe bedding area, they will often travel just close enough to scent check them for hot does. These bucks will travel downwind of doe bedding areas, check the scent, and then if they don’t smell what they are looking for, they will move on to the next.
This is where you need to be, especially if you’re hoping to see midday action from a mature buck. Expect to see bucks cruising in between these doe bedding areas and utilizing the thickest cover they can to get from point A to point B. Set up downwind of the bedding area and watching over one of these well covered travel corridors and you will be well on your way to enjoying a full day of big buck action.
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