TRAIL CAMERA PATTERNING PHASE 3
The second phase of the patterning process is to figure out the core area of the bucks you are hunting. I wrote about this process in the Episode 3 blog.
Knowing a buck’s core area is important because that is the mostly likely place to kill him. For sure he will cruise a bit and roam during the rut, but he will always circle back to his core area eventually. And some bucks are not roamers; they spend their entire fall in a small area.
The next phase, after you know the buck’s core area is to determine the size of his most active range. To do this, you spread a few cameras out from what you think to be the buck’s core in a number of directions to find out how much he is moving in each direction.
Ideally, he will have a small range because bucks with small ranges are a lot easier to kill and not as likely to be shot on a neighboring property. Every buck is different, so you have to start from scratch on each of them.
Knowing size of the buck’s active range (where he moves most often) is important because the information gives you options. He may not be killable in one part of his range because of swirling winds or a difficult entry and exit route for you. However, he might be more killable in a different part of his range.
The more you know about the buck, the more options you have to work with. You can never know too much.
I start taking you through this process in more detail in episode 5 of Chasing November.
MORE ABOUT OCTOBER COLD FRONTS
Erik Barber shoots a nice buck in this episode while hunting another of the many cold fronts we had roll through during October last fall. As I have mentioned already, we love these cold fronts.
I touched on timing a bit in the last episode blog, but I want to hit on that a bit more. The actual time when the cold front goes through can be rough: sometimes windy, sometimes rainy, possibly even a blizzard.
If it is raining it can be a tough time to be in a stand, the deer won’t move much until it stops. But you need to be there anyway because, literally, as soon as it stops (within minutes), and especially if it starts to clear up, they will be everywhere. That is a major switch for maximum deer movement.
The clearing that comes at the tail end of a passing front is serious prime time.
So don’t avoid the day when the front is passing because on the back side of that, you will see a ton of deer, even if it is just the last hour of daylight. You may have sit through some crappy weather to be there during that magic hour, but it is worth it.
The day after the front passes is very good too. You want to hunt both days if at all possible.