Key Rut Tactics

By John Eberhart: The main or peak-rut is upon us and most bowhunters consider it to be the high point of the season because does are coming into estrous and anything can happen to anyone at any time. Every year we hear of inexperienced or not so serious bowhunters connect with mature bucks at this Read More

Hunting Tactics For The Pre-Rut

By John Eberhart: Understanding Pre-Rut Buck Behavior It’s October 28th and in the Northeast and Midwest the pre-rut, or what I like to term as “the playoffs”, is in its early stages. During the rut phases mature bucks pretty much abandon their previous bedding to feeding area routes and adjust their movements to well-used doe Read More

The October Lull…It Can Be Beaten

By John Eberhart: COLD FRONTS AND SECONDARY STAND LOCATIONS For hunting in heavily hunted areas I write a lot about leaving your best rut phase locations totally alone during the October Lull which is typically the middle 20 days of October. I also always mention that if you see daytime mature buck activity during the Read More

Preparing For the Upcoming Pre-Rut

By John Eberhart: It’s October 21st and the next few days are the toughest days of the season to remain patient and stick to hunting only your secondary locations or in areas that will in no manner affect your rut phase locations. While subordinate bucks have likely been seen pushing and chasing does for a Read More

Patience is a Virtue

By John Eberhart: States have differing bow openers, but the most common opening day throughout the Midwest and Northeast is October 1st and I’ve been attempting to post information a week or two prior to the seasonal timeframe it pertains to in those regions. While the yearly timing of seasonal phases such as; lull, pre-rut, Read More

Dealing with Standing Corn and How to Hunt It

By John Eberhart: As corn grows, it morphs into an area that is literally in a class by itself. Standing cornfields become secure bedding areas, daytime transition corridors, and daytime feeding areas that totally alter the areas daytime deer traffic and the hunting situation outside them. Other than rare dry cattail marsh areas there are Read More

The Lull Before The Storm

By John Eberhart: History in the field has taught me that between opening day of bow season and the opening day of gun season that the Mid-October time frame is the toughest time to arrow a mature buck. Over the years I’ve consistently seen many deer (not necessarily mature bucks) during the first several days Read More


By John Eberhart: Although I carry a rattle bag, inhale and exhale grunt calls, and a doe bleat call, I’m not a noise tactic junky and in fact I rarely use them and when I do it’s for a very specific reason. During the first few days of season I’m usually hunting either; isolated mast Read More

Putting an Early Season Plan to Work

By John Eberhart: While the rut-phases should always be your main focus of attention, even in HCHP (High Consequential Hunting Pressure) areas the first few days of season might provide an opportunity if you meticulously paid attention to; the amount of perimeter and transition security cover your locations offer, the sign at them, and when Read More