WHY WE LOVE OCTOBER COLD FRONTS
The best hunting of the entire season often occurs during the passing of cold fronts in October. We have been keeping a close eye on this over the years, and it holds up just about every time.
If the forecast calls for temperatures to be roughly 10 degrees (or more) below the seasonal norm, the bucks will be on their feet.
It seems they are waiting for the rut and looking for any excuse to pretend it is here, but warm temps and their thick winter coats has a way of keeping them inactive through much of October.
The day the front passes, and the first day after it passes, tend to be the best hunting.
If you remember last season, a number of these cold fronts came through on Fridays or Saturdays, making it convenient for lots of bowhunters to be in the woods at the best times. Not surprisingly, last year was the best year I can remember for October hunting.
If you have a buck on a nocturnal pattern, but there is a cold front coming, don’t be afraid to hunt him anyway. The first time he parts with his nocturnal ways all season will likely be on one of these cold fronts.
The farther into October you get, the better the action when the fronts pass, but even early October cold fronts can produce good action. I remember 2012, when the first week of October was cool. We shot lots of great bucks all across the Midwest.
Keep your eye on the forecast and good luck.