Not sure exactly when that'll happen this year due to the screwy weather, but last year it was about the 2nd weekend in november in western washington. I like to use "the can" and maybe a little doe juice.
Usually the pre rut is the last week of the season. This is when the bucks will do the most moving. Later they will be dumber then dumb, but I have most of my luck in the second/third week of the season.
Every year my Pro-Staff and I head to the woods to hunt the old wise Tom. We travel thousands of miles covering numerous states hunting these old guys. Lots of times we end up hunting public lands or private property that have been hunted already. That’s the last thing you want to hear when you just traveled 6 hours that someone else has already hunted the property. We had to come up with a game plan and one real fast.
The first thing we did was ask the farmer were they usually see the birds in...