We put together the 32 most common excuses for failing to take a buck during the rut and then give you the solutions.
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Year after year, the numbers prove it. The rut is the best time to kill a big buck. But somehow you've missed out in the last several years, and now your wallet is fat with unfilled buck tags. But you have excuses right? No reason to beat yourself up. Of course, your buddy doesn't make excuses - and his wall is covered with trophies. maybe it's time too look back on the excuses you've made - and figure out how to fix them. Here are the top 32 excuses and fixes ...
There's standing corn everywhere and the deer aren't coming out of it.
As a guide for Border Bucks Outfitters in northern Missouri, Jamie Hoseth has seen this problem many times. “Some of the farmers have miles of corn to harvest up here, and if it’s a wet fall, much of it may still be standing during deer season,” he says.
But there are ways around this. Still-hunting row-to-row within the corn can work, but Hoseth prefers to hunt from a stand during the rut. “A hot doe will bring a big buck out of that corn,” he says. “You just need to be in an area with a decent vantage point. Many cornfields have grassy drainage ditches in the middle that are 10 or 15 yards wide, and deer cross them all the time. Setting up on the corners of a cornfield, where you can see down two edges between the corn and timber, is also productive.”