Rapides parish deer
July 23, 2011 at 2:36pm
I have been hunting on the Rapides / Vernon parish line and have noticed the deer tend to move around early in the season but become very nocternal after Thanksgiving. The rut is early in this area. You will notice the 2 breeding periods are mid October and mid November. The end of bow season, and first primitive weapon season were usually the best times for seeing a good bit of deer where I hunted. I would catch another good hunt from Halloween to about 2 weeks after that. The way I worked (14 and 14) prevented me from catching the main rut and would come home thanksgiving day to which all the chasing was over. If you could get everyone around you to use feeders and use very minimal corn to where the deer have to fight to get to a minimal amount of corn, then you may have a chance to see some bucks recovering after the rut to get some feed. most people though like to pile up the corn 3 ft high which makes the deer comfortable in coming only at night without running out of feed. this is allways a problem in any area after the rut. Good luck with the new lease.. Hogs are usually plentifull in these areas if you are near a large water source. they do not stray that far from a good water source that does not dry out. once rains starts more frequent they tend to travel a little further but primarily stay closer to rivers and large creek areas and bottoms that stay wet. Good luck again.