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Text from an expert on his deer stand, November 10, 2016 (Good tips)

Good morning Rick. I thought that I would give you an update on how the 2016 deer season is kicking off. I'm in day 7 of the 1st bow hunting season . As you know the weather has been unseasonably warm which is good for me, not so much for cruising bucks. I've seen quite a few with their tongues hanging out and breathing hard particularly the young bucks under 3 years and under. They are so full of energy. The older ones seem to pace themselves better in the warmth. Expending energy only when necessary.

I’m getting older and expending energy only when necessary also. That’s why I rely on your Prime Time calendar to manage my time and energy also. It has been spot-on for doe movement from feeding areas to bedding areas. The bucks will follow them to the bedding areas and take a break with them, rest maybe even nap for a while. With testosterone overwhelming their blood system they get anxious, get up and cruise bedding areas looking for estrus does. The transition areas are where I focus my midday hunt sites. The does haven't come in heat yet, next week that will all change when the older does start to come in heat first. That’s when the timber gets really crazy. The pre rut will give you the highest percentage chance of putting a giant on the ground in my opinion.

Any way I am having a great time I'm doing what I love to do. I'm doing what I was born to do. I have that hunter’s gene. I wish I could make a living at this, it is my passion. The guys at work have asked me why I do this by myself every year. The reason is simple, when I hunt prerut, I do what I want to do, for how long I want to do it, the way that I want to do it. I don't have to listen to any whining about how cold it is or they are hungry and want to go in because they're not seeing anything or there bored , they want to go in because there socks are wet , or they want to run home for some stupid excuse. I come here to hunt prerut. If there's a mistake made and the deer exit the timber or the big boys go nocturnal because they detected human presence, I made it.

We'll this text is getting a little wordy and long as I'm not seen anything right now. (LOL...but I'm not going in.) My only little gripe is that this week I've had the majority of my wind from the south and Southwest. I have 23 stands with the majority of my stands are set up for north and Northwest wind overlooking bedding areas, food plots, transition trails and pitch points. You MUST always hunt with the wind in your face, unless you don't mind educating the deer of your presence. .Like the old cliché goes: adapt and overcome, right Rick? I know that you can relate to that from your many years of fishing bass tournaments.

My bible (PrimeTimes) said that it was going to be slow for a while so I thought I would give you a report. Rick, I've relied on your Prime Times calendar for pheasant hunting, coon hunting and deer hunting for years and it never ceases to amaze me how accurate it is. It is an amazing tool. Well I had better start paying attention just in case Prime Times is wrong once and I look up and a big one has just walked past me. Thanks Rick.

David DeBolt

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