I'm still whitetail-less in Wyoming, but it's not for lack of trying. I'm hunting with Brian Beisher at Big Buck Outfitters literally in my backyard. As my previous blog explained, October whitetails can be finicky. That finicky character, along with a full moon, has definitely has been trying my whitetail patience.
Here's the latest update from the field:
The bachelor groups have disbanded. I'm seeing the occasional small buck traveling with a buddy, but nearly every mature buck is running alone and bedding solo. The pecking order has been set and the bucks are revving up for the upcoming rut. Young bucks are even beginning to chase, believe it or not.
Bucks are still feeding heavily. All our setups are focusing on food and the travel routes leading back to bedding cover. I'm seeing a lot of activity on alfalfa fields, winter wheat fields and stubble wheat fields with a glowing green of volunteer growth. Corn should be red hot right now in the Midwest.
The full moon is limiting daylight sightings. Nearly every mature buck is slipping along under the cover of dusk and dawn. I haven't seen a big buck yet in full sunlight and the moon is the main reason. This will all change in the next week as the moon's effect decreases and the surge of the rut begins to take off.
That's enough typing for now. I have to get back to hunting.