Outdoor tips with Jack Morris
BY KELLY BOSTIAN Outdoors
Sunday, November 25, 2012
11/25/12 at 7:07 AM
The last week of rifle season for deer should see some deer moving in the middle of the day.
The full moon will have things changed up, and it might be a good idea to hit the stand mid-morning and stay through mid-day.
Even though moonlight will be bright at night, those big bucks will still get the urge to get up, and I often see them out milling around in the middle of the day during these full-moon cycles.
Keep your eyes open while you're on the stand mid-day and you might see bucks moving in areas you might not expect. Be prepared to move and set up for the following day if necessary.
Hunters have been asking about deer movement with the rut and with the higher-than-normal temperatures. In 70-degree weather, it's true, bucks just have a hard time keeping up chasing and rut activity. In cooler weather, down around 40 and 50, it's a little easier. This week will bring cooler weather, and that should help increase movement on that score as well even though rut activity will be winding down.
High wind has been part of the hunting picture this season as well. When the wind blows hard the deer like to find shelter just as much as we do. On those high-wind days consider the wind direction and seek out sheltered areas below ridges, in corners and in heavily brushed areas where the deer can find relative calm.
Only one more week of the season, but it should be an active week for the deer. Get out there and enjoy it.
Jack Morris is a professional guide and host of Outdoor Trails Thursday nights at 6 p.m. on KTBZ am1430. Contact him at 918-691-3840, email@example.com or see tulsaworld.com/jackmorris.
Josh Cathey took a buck he described as having “a crazy 21-point rack” on opening day of the rifle season in Cherokee County. The rack has been roughly scored at more than 190 inches. JOSH CATHEY / Courtesy