By Todd Amenrud
If you listen to the chat in the local archery shop about this supposed “lull” that happens during the hunting season a couple weeks prior to breeding, you might think it is useless to venture forth in pursuit of whitetail during this period.
It even has a name, in the northern half of the country it’s called the “October lull,” but my friends in the south tell me hunters from Texas to Georgia believe that this mysterious phase happens as late as December.
No doubt, a lot is changing in the whitetails’ world during this time and many hunters will have their reasons or beliefs as to why this “calm before the storm” happens – “It’s the acorn’s fault.” Or, “the leaves are falling and their cover is gone.”
I propose that these hunters might just be looking in the wrong places.
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