We’ve all had friends who are able to get out of work a couple hours early for a late-day hunt.
Me? No chance. I’m a morning guy.
My work schedule has me pegged in the late-day hours, but it got me thinking about what’s the best time to hunt? Are you a morning hunter or are afternoons your thing?
Plenty of hunters are sold on evenings. Hunters can sneak into their stands without the need for lights and wait alongside a favorite food plot or farmer’s field. You want action, hit a cold front near a corn or soybean field and watch the deer pile in for dinner.
The biggest hurdle for late-day hunters is getting out of the woods. Yes, while they may have snuck in during the daylight, the walk out can be tricky after sundown. If a hunter sounds like a dump truck walking out of the woods, good luck getting a mature buck into that field anytime soon.
Some of the same challenges arise for morning hunters. For me, I need a headlamp to make my way into the forest. It’s my hope that I can keep the light to a minimum and not shine it all over the forest.
It’s always my goal to get in as early as possible and let the woods “wake up” on its own. There’s nothing like an October sunrise on a 30-something degree morning in the deer woods.
I also like the fact that I can call it quits anytime I’m ready on a morning hunt, and if I want to stick it out until noon, I can do that too. Of course if I don’t see anything that day, I always feel a little empty and wanting to head to another spot that night.
The life of a hunter is trial and error I suppose, with plenty of ‘errors and almosts’ whether you hunt in the mornings or evenings.