As many of you are aware, we’re entering that time of year popularly known as the October Lull. But is this lull inevitable? I’d say no. You simply need to adjust. For that, I recommend planning a buck bed ambush.
While daylight activity in mid-October might be harder to come by for many hunters, big bucks are still moving. In fact many studies have shown that buck activity is steadily increasing throughout the month. That said, much of that activity during daylight is close to or still within bedding areas. The trick to catching one of these bucks during the so-called Lull is to set up as close to one of these bedding areas as possible.
When searching for a buck bedding area, consider locations where a buck can safely avoid human contact, while also being able to easily monitor his surroundings. Buck beds can typically be found on points extending into swamps or islands of high ground, along ridge lines, or within whatever the thickest security cover in the area might be. You’ll also want to consider wind direction. Keep in mind that many times bucks will bed with the wind to their back so that they can smell any danger coming from behind, while watching for danger ahead.
With your location and wind direction settled, it’s time to head in. Bring along a portable stand and do your best to get set-up as close to the bedding area as possible without spooking deer. The closer you are, the higher your chances are for a daylight encounter.
Of course, this is a high-risk hunt, but if executed properly, it can result in a big payoff. And if you do accidentally bump your buck, go ahead and set up right where he was bedded. More often than you might guess, a buck will circle back to his bedding area. Even if he doesn’t show for the rest of the day, the next morning offers another terrific opportunity for ambushing the buck on his trip back to bed.