Which Week Would You Hunt?

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  • April 7, 2009 at 12:41 pm #496134 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 10/29/2004
    This is for West Central Illinois. Hunted up there last year Nov. 7-13 and had good action 7-9 and then on the 13. the 10-12 seemed to be a lull with the big boys locked down. Weather was great, they just didn’t move. This year, we’ve got the option to hunt Oct. 30-Nov. 5; Nov. 6-12, or a combination of the two. Which would you hunt?
    April 7, 2009 at 1:22 pm #525350 Back to Top REPORT


    Joined: 12/2/2008
    I like September 15 to January 30.
    But seriousy I think the rut comes in earlyer than most of the guys I hunt with,
    Oct 15 to the first week in Nov. for me
    April 7, 2009 at 2:47 pm #525351 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 2/22/2005
    6-12 :thumbup
    April 7, 2009 at 3:03 pm #525352 Back to Top REPORT
    slicked it

    Joined: 4/17/2007
    Both time slots are great times to be in the woods but if I could only choose one, I would go with the latter of the two.
    April 7, 2009 at 3:25 pm #525353 Back to Top REPORT
    Rather B. Hunting

    Joined: 7/2/2004
    I don’t know about Illinois particularly, but I’d pick the earlier week where I live. Give me the height of pre-rut when they’re still seeking and covering lots of ground. Chasing and breeding periods get tougher because it’s hard to get a big boy to stop long enough to stick him.
    Last one out turn off the lights!
    April 7, 2009 at 3:43 pm #525354 Back to Top REPORT

    Age: 37
    Joined: 7/19/2007
    I don’t think you can go wrong planning for either of those weeks, it’s just a matter of hitting the weather right. Last year it was hot through the first few days of November and then it turned rainy and windy which didn’t make it a whole lot better. My wife knows that the last week of October and the first two weeks of November I’ll be a tree-stand! If I had to choose one it’d be the 1st week of November.

    Good luck.

    April 7, 2009 at 3:51 pm #525355 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 10/5/2008
    Both time slots are great times to be in the woods but if I could only choose one, I would go with the latter of the two.

    X2 :thumbup
    Last year I had planned to hunt the earlier week but when I saw temps forecasted in the 60s and 70s I switched over to the later week. I took a real nice buck on the 12th of Nov. with mid day temps in the low-mid 40s. Glad I switched. I was hunting Illinois also.

    I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and require the same from them. John Wayne - as J.B. Books
    April 7, 2009 at 4:33 pm #525356 Back to Top REPORT
    triple drop

    Joined: 6/22/2007
    I belive more honey-moons are constimated on October 30th in Wisconsin than any other day. :D
    April 7, 2009 at 4:51 pm #525357 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 9/13/2005
    I would have to say, either or! You see, the rut starts when the first doe comes into estrus, so therefore, depending on when she comes in would depend which week would be my choice! :thumbup
    April 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm #525358 Back to Top REPORT
    Mathews Technical 2

    Joined: 6/7/2007
    halloween bucks…..have two that I have taken on that date…… :thumbup
    April 7, 2009 at 6:14 pm #525359 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 3/18/2009
    I live in northwestern Il. after 18 years of hunting here I always take the last week of oct. off work. My wife and I always see the big ones moveing then. :D [=}=]
    April 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm #525360 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 11/7/2007
    Wellllll, looking at the buck you killed in Ill. last year, I would stick to the same time :D :thumbup
    April 7, 2009 at 9:15 pm #525361 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 2/21/2006
    Hunt everyone of those days :thumbup

    To make things easy I just made sure I won’t be at work this year from October 21’st through November 18th. Only have to use 9 days vacation/comp for that stretch. Considering I still have 23 days of time off left this year and more comp on the way, I think it should be time well spent.

    With that said Halloween through the first week of November I see a lot of mature bucks moving around here. Once rifle season opens here on November 7th, I’ll be bow hunting those two weeks in Wisconsin.

    April 7, 2009 at 10:42 pm #525362 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 1/18/2006
    With hunting IL my whole life growing up there Oct for sure no dought about it
    :thumbup :thumbup
    April 8, 2009 at 2:49 am #525363 Back to Top REPORT

    Joined: 5/12/2008
    Either could be good, but I’d take the 6th-12th personally. The first week of November can be good or bad depending upon the year, but the second week will provide good rut action pretty much every year.
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