Late-Season Hunters See Mid-Day Buck Movement

Mark Williams, who works as a western Kentucky land agent for Whitetail Properties, and his cameraman, Ben Richardson, hunted six of the nine days in Kentucky's late muzzleloader season last week. Ben was keeping me updated on the deer movement via text message all week long. They sat out opening weekend, when it was warm and raining, but hunted hard from Monday on. They split their time between two stands set in the same hardwood draw between two picked cornfields.

"We had stands on both sides of the draw: one for an east wind and the other for a west wind," Williams says. "The deer bed down in the low ground in that draw. There were three bucks I had on camera in there, including the one I ended up shooting."

Williams says the deer activity was good all week long. "Does and fawns were in big family groups, and the bigger bucks were hanging with those groups, nosing the does around, especially the young does. The scraping activity was good, too. We had one young 6-point work a scrape over in front of us one afternoon."

Saturday was the second-to-last day of the season, and although the weather had warmed up, overcast skies kept things on the chilly side. "Ben and I were afraid the movement was going to quit [because of] the warm weather, but surprisingly, the deer were on their feet that day," Williams says, shown above with his buck, which showed himself at 3:50 p.m.

It's a good hunting lesson any time, but especially in the late season, when food sources are limited and deer settle back into feeding routines. Mark and Ben were wise to stick with an area where they were seeing deer. But winds are bound to change in a week's time, so with two stands available, the hunters were able to relocate accordingly and avoid detection.