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Location: St. Louis County
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Midday Hunting

Anybody ever had any success hunting during the middle of the day?

I read this and that about how dominant bucks get up and move around during the midday hours. Honestly, I've never had the guts to try it. I'm always afraid to miss out on anything that may move in the morning or late afternoon.

Any good tips?

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Midday Hunting

Midday is fun. Especially with a partner. We usually wrap up around 9:30 and find a place to sit within the hour, and start calling. We've had luck twice this way. Usually just outside of the really dense areas. Works very good with a hunting partner, because you don't have to do all the calling and you never know when your call might stop working properly.

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Location: Kingston, MI
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Midday Hunting

You can have success in the middle of the day, but don't give up the mornings and afternoons.

I've had success during the middle of the day on several occasions, but I hunt all day. While my success rates have been better in the mornings and afternoons (particularly the afternoons) I never give up a chance to hunt whenever I can. The only thing that will keep me out of the woods is lightning.

Admittedly, the biggest reason why I've had more sucess in the late afternoon, is due to the fact that it's the time when I hunt the most due my work schedule

Pack a lunch and hunt all day whenever you can..

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Midday Hunting

Anytime, almost anywhere, and when you least expect it. More active at dusk & dawn, but that doesn't mean you are going to see them then, as opposed to high noon

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Location: Florida,USA
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Midday Hunting

I keep a detailed log book of Deer sightings and Deer killed over the past 30 years that I have tree stand hunted. Looking thru it I have Killed 42 Bucks with 17 of those killed between 10 AM and 2 PM. Of the 17, 11 were Killed between 10:30 and 12 noon. None were killed out of stand locations that were hunted more than 2 times with 3 of those killed in the 1st sitting.
5 of the 11 killed before noon were killed the opening weekend with none killed after noon on opening weekend. The remainder were killed during the peak rut, which is about mid Jan, but none were over scrapes. All were killed on bright and sunny days with steady winds.

My mid day stands are places that I have seen bucks during the mid day in the past or close to bedding areas that are usually small swamps (called "heads" here) that are located in the middle of timber company chops. These heads are usually 2-3 acres with some only being about the size of a large house.

None of the 42 were killed in my truck, camp, or at home so hunt when you can and hunt all day unless, as Whelland said, it is lightning !!

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Location: West Carleton, Ottawa, Canada
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1130am:

I stay on stand until 1300 (depending on where I'm hunting I may switch stands around 930), then take a 2hr lunch and back at it for 1530

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Location: St. Louis County
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Thanks for the input, guys.

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Location: Minnesota
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One other thing. I have had success mid-day because i have gotten deer that other hunters bump/push as they leave the woods. I have been bow hunitng the last few seasons in area populated with a duck hunters. I have seen deer midday as those Duck hunters come out of the swamp. Similar situation with gun season.

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My deer season is too short to waste those precious hours!

Whelland has this exactly right.  What I try to do is get to my stand just after legal hunting time.  I used to try to get there just before dawn but I have learned better than to walk through the dark.  If I wait until after dawn I can see any deer I jump en route to the stand and legally shoot them.  Yes I have blundered into deer in the dark and chased them away from my hunting area.  Anyway – I get there early and STAY there.  Many, many, many times I will see deer at 9 or 10 AM when other hunters can’t sit still any longer and move deer around.  I've shot several deer at about 1 PM when the other hunters on neighboring property either leave the woods for lunch or come back in the woods after lunch.  I confess that I rarely can sit in a stand from dawn until dusk.  I just don’t have the patience but I really think that is the best way to hunt if you can do it and if your stand is on a good travel route.  I hunt travel and feeding areas, not bedding areas so I have a chance to catch deer moving to their beds after feeding at night and moving around for a midday snack.  I can also catch them leaving bedding areas to go feed in the evening, but I think that I also see a lot of deer that other hunters have moved throughout the day.  Sitting on a good deer run you can pick up deer trying to escape someone else’s push.  It is good advice to hunt every hour that you can whether you move stands or not.  You will never shoot one sitting in your kitchen or watching television! I have only killed 20 deer in my lifetime (21 if you count the moose because yes they are technically a deer species) but I have killed deer in warm weather, in the rain, while it was snowing, when it was windy, and during the dead calm of a sunny.  I have killed them at dawn, at dusk and just about every hour in between.  It’s not that I am a great hunter.  It’s just that God is generous and feels sorry for me because I am too stubborn to go back inside while I still have a tag and it is still legal shooting light!  We wait all year for deer season to return and when it does, the deer season is too short to waste those precious hours eating lunch inside!

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http://www.biggamehunt.net/blogs/bghjournal/pack-sandwich-and-stick-it-out

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Location: Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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I like the midday hunting

I like the midday hunting period because this is when other hunters decide to move about or head in for lunch and bump deer into moving. I find 10 am to 2pm a productive hunting time.

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