Thanksgiving is just around the corner. For most of us, this holiday means, family, football, gorging and lots of belt-loosening. For me, it means whitetail hunting. It’s not that I’m against partaking in some turkey gobbling, but to get the most from fall—and gather enough video footage and materials for a year of writing—I stay in the field. Luckily, during most years, my son, daughter and occasionally my whole family joins me.
More than just having extra hours to tag a buck, the Thanksgiving window offers some distinct advantages to you for success. I know from experience. As I look back over my years of hunting memories, many of my better bucks came about in the days in and around Thanksgiving. If you still have an open tag over the upcoming holiday, you might want to push back from the table a bit earlier and hit the fields to take advantage of some extra hours of hunting. Do you need some more motivation? Read on.
Thanksgiving indicates the closing days of the rut for bucks. They know that fewer does are coming into heat. I believe this spurs one last burst of excessive searching as bucks realize paradise city is about to close.
Bucks might begin to roam outside of their home territories as they frantically search for one last fling. They can smell that the local gals are finished with breeding duties, so they check out other nearby neighborhoods for dates. As bucks venture out of their comfort zones, it offers you the opportunity to take advantage of a wandering buck in new territory. Your old stand might suddenly jump to life. A roaming buck from the neighbor’s could unexpectedly show up on your side of the fence. Lastly, the holiday oftentimes causes hunters to stay at home for family commitments and possibly even a shopping spree; this means fewer hunters in the field and less pressure on deer.
I’m not advocating that you take on a Thanksgiving-skipping lifestyle like me, but if you can slip out for a couple of hours during the holiday weekend, you might enjoy more than just a gutache at the end of the festivities. Good hunting!