texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
WBRC, having fun now, GingerFredMan, ECBwHntr, christianhay
70565 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 110,641
bill oxner 91,416
SnakeWrangler 64,122
stxranchman 60,261
Gravytrain 46,950
RKHarm24 44,585
rifleman 44,461
BMD 41,241
Forum Statistics
Forums46
Topics616,009
Posts11,410,311
Members85,565
Most Online19,184
Feb 5th, 2020
Print Thread
December/January Hunting - North Texas #8734971 11/15/22 06:46 PM
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 644
S
Sauerkraut Online Content OP
Tracker
OP Online Content
Tracker
S
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 644
Hi all,

I've learned a lot when it comes to deer behavior during early season, pre-rut, and during the rut. I'm fairly ignorant when it comes to hunting into December and January. I have a rifle hunt coming up December 3-5 at Pat Mayse WMA. From what I've seen the past few weeks, the peak rut will be past.

In early December, I assume we'll still be seeing some rut behavior, but I'd love some tips for patterning post-rut bucks. Will the majority of bucks be spent by this time and resorting to their old ways? Would it be best to focus on food sources and travel corridors? Should I still be trying to get as close as possible to doe bedding areas?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


Last edited by Sauerkraut; 11/15/22 06:46 PM.

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom." - Ecclesiastes 9:10
Re: December/January Hunting - North Texas [Re: Sauerkraut] #8734979 11/15/22 06:54 PM
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 7,172
S
Stompy Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
S
Joined: Jun 2010
Posts: 7,172
The first week of December has always been the slowest week for buck hunting here at my ranch. That's the week I do my Doe killing. Mid December when the second rut kicks in it starts getting better. This is observation of 24 years on my ranch. First rut is usually just about done Thanksgiving weekend here.


www.jaranchhunting.com
Cabin Rentals on the ranch for Hubbard Creek Lake
Re: December/January Hunting - North Texas [Re: Sauerkraut] #8734989 11/15/22 07:00 PM
Joined: Jun 2021
Posts: 382
D
Double AC Online Content
Bird Dog
Online Content
Bird Dog
D
Joined: Jun 2021
Posts: 382
I would key in on key food sources and travel pinch points if it was my ranch. Rut will be over and the last week of November into the first week of December is when we see bucks hitting protein feeders hard before the secondary rut, if in shooting light we hunt the food source, if in dark, we hunt the travel pinch leading to it. I’m not familiar with that WMA or part of texas as a whole though to know what areas to key in on.

Re: December/January Hunting - North Texas [Re: Sauerkraut] #8735000 11/15/22 07:14 PM
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 644
S
Sauerkraut Online Content OP
Tracker
OP Online Content
Tracker
S
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 644
Good to know. I'm hoping since this is north and east of y'all, that maybe the second rut might be getting started.


"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom." - Ecclesiastes 9:10
Re: December/January Hunting - North Texas [Re: Sauerkraut] #8735009 11/15/22 07:24 PM
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 4,849
Ol Thumper Offline
Extreme Tracker
Offline
Extreme Tracker
Joined: Oct 2013
Posts: 4,849
Early December up here will have the late comers to the rut party and you’ll have a few still running doe’s, the best part about this time of the month is if you have a hot doe come through she will have several bucks right behind her. December 5th of last year we had a single doe carrying 9 bucks with her. It’s typically a slower part of the year but it brings out all the players for one last bang bang party.

Are you alone?

Re: December/January Hunting - North Texas [Re: Ol Thumper] #8735173 11/15/22 10:40 PM
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 644
S
Sauerkraut Online Content OP
Tracker
OP Online Content
Tracker
S
Joined: May 2020
Posts: 644
Originally Posted by Ol Thumper
Early December up here will have the late comers to the rut party and you’ll have a few still running doe’s, the best part about this time of the month is if you have a hot doe come through she will have several bucks right behind her. December 5th of last year we had a single doe carrying 9 bucks with her. It’s typically a slower part of the year but it brings out all the players for one last bang bang party.

Are you alone?


That's encouraging to hear! No sir, my brother drew with me and we will be camping out there. We will be hunting all day long for the three days of our hunt. This is most likely my best chance for getting a buck and filling the freezer, so I'm pulling out all stops.


"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom." - Ecclesiastes 9:10
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 2004-2022 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3