White-Tailed Deer Hunting Pre-Rut Stage:
This is where a lot of deer hunters go wrong in their hunting strategy. As the days get cooler and the nights get longer the male deer have made the transition from velvet to now hardened boney antlers that we all admire and the pre-rut begins not the actual rut.
The male deer become progressively more intolerant of each other and engage in sparing matches. Small rubs start to appear on trees and saplings, some minor scraping activity and these signs are indications of the coming rut.
This is the big mistake most deer hunters will make at this juncture they will go straight to the use of a female deer-in-heat or a male deer-in-rut deer lure and stink up the deer woods, the older trophy male deer will for the most part avoid this section of woods because they know the female deer are not in season yet.
Continue Using Food Scents Or Baiting:
Baiting, is defined as the use of decoys, lures, scent or food sources to attract deer. Always check your state regulations for your states specification on this type of hunting. Early deer archery season is the time of year to appeal to a deer's sense of appetite to get them within bow range of your stand or blind. The scents that can work well at this time are still food based attractant scents.
Effective Curiosity Calling:
Now is the time to add some antler rattling, grunting, ground pounding and you have to make it sound realistic. When male deer spar they just do not stand there and bang their antlers together. As male deer spar to get rid of their frustration, they first circle around each other, make grunting sounds, stomp the ground with their front feet and eventually engage their antlers and begin pushing and shoving.
To effectively pull off this type of calling, you have to be on the ground, scent free, and concealed with a 360 degree view, as the male deer can come to your calls from any direction. Calling duration should only last for 5 minutes with a 30 minute pause.