Outdoor tips with Jack Morris
BY JACK MORRIS
Sunday, November 18, 2012
11/18/12 at 6:49 AM
Jack Morris talks outdoors: Listen to a conversation about deer rifle season with Jack Morris.
From what I've seen the past few days, the deer in the northeast and central parts of the state are full-swing into the rut and the timing is right-on for at least the first week of the rifle season. It's time to really take advantage of those things we've talked about the past couple of weeks.
I'm talking about using rattling antlers, drag rags, grunt calls and all those tools you can use that play into deer-breeding behavior.
Remember not to get that drag-rag out too early, pull it out when you get into the field and bring it out toward your stand, not into your stand. Have your grunt call and antlers ready in the stand, and if it looks like nothing is happening, try making a little noise.
Remember when calling to be patient and observant. Call a little and give yourself 10 or 15 minutes and try again. You might be surprised at how far away those bucks can pick up that sound.
This is also the time to try those rattling horns or that grunt call if you see a buck in the distance that looks like he's not coming your way to see if you can bring him in. Just remember to lay off the noise-making as he gets closer into range so you don't give away your location.
With deer active and moving throughout the day, if you truly aren't seeing anything, it might be time to move. I've heard several reports of big bucks hanging close to the heaviest cover they have available in their range. You might want to move closer to those thick areas and use a pop-up blind or still-hunt, see what you see, and perhaps change your luck.
Bottom line this week: The rut is on, get out there and have some fun.
Jack Morris is a professional guide and host of Outdoor Trails at 6 p.m. Thursdays on KTBZ am1430. Contact him at 918-691-3840, firstname.lastname@example.org or see tulsaworld.com/jackmorris.