Mid-October Whitetail Movement Update

Hunting October whitetails in illinois is always a great timeBowhunting mature whitetails Mid-October can be challenging, yet very rewarding when the weather conditions cooperate. Deer movement can seem to be idle at best during the “Indian summers” the Midwest typically experiences sometime during the first 2-3 weeks of October. Many whitetail hunters refer to this time of year as the “October Lull”. However, if and when the weather conditions align, it can be a great opportunity to hunt a “core” range buck before the upcoming rut possibly leads him elsewhere.

Mid-October is a time of great change in the whitetail woods. Crops are coming out, acorns are falling, and natural browses are dying off. Clover food plots, alfalfa, oats and rye during this time of year are still lush green and deer are preferring anything with a little moisture still left in them. Especially after this long dry spell we have experienced over the last several weeks here in Western Illinois. White oak acorns are a whitetail’s most preferred food source right now and as long as they last, will be feeding regularly on them.

Deer hunting over white oak acorns in October can yield success!At last, a major cold front is forecasted to be push through Illinois towards the end of the week. With several days of above average heat and wind, we’re beyond excited for a rapid cool down. A thirty degree temperature swing and high pressure front is exactly what October bowhunters hope for. The barometric pressure will be on the rise most of the day Thursday and into Friday, we should defiantly see an uptick in deer movement as we go into the weekend. The extended forecast is looking good with more mild temperatures and few scattered rain chances. If you are lucky enough to hunt this upcoming October cold front this week, good luck!

-Zach Jumps


Last Updated: October 13th, 2020

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