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Why October Is the Perfect Month for Bowhunting Deer

November gets all the accolades, but in my opinion, October is a safer bet for consistent success.

Why October Is the Perfect Month for Bowhunting Deer
(All photos by the author.)

My vigilance broke under the distraction of quaking leaves tinted in a chroma of amber light. Fractals and flutters moved in rapture as the combination of late-day October sun and a chilly northwest wind expressed the onset of fall’s embrace. The contrasting fluid movement of an advancing brown silhouette broke the visual cadence — snapping me back to reality.

Just moments before, I watched as a young buck thrusted and thrashed a nearby licking branch, pawing the ground with incredible might while asserting his presence in the area. With this scene on the top of my mind, I couldn’t help but presume the deer striding in my direction was him. A screen of foliage...

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