First let’s back up. For the lucky few who haven’t traveled the lonely road that is “The Lull,” this period is typified by greatly reduced daylight sightings of mature bucks. These are deer that just weeks ago were seen regularly flashing impressive headgear in local ag fields in late evening. Indeed, the October Lull falls more or less between that golden, early season of plenty, and the crisp, energizing pre-rut, when “ghost” bucks again begin stirring—and most of us recall, once again, just how fun bowhunting can be. For some, the pre-rut action can be a long time coming. Classic lull states feature mid-September bow openers and a classic, early November rut.