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Mark and Terry Drury’s Deer Hunting Science

Sun, November 20, 2016

So I’ve really been studying the Drury Brother’s theories over the past two years and I believe they (more than other so called “deer hunting experts”) have a LOT of things right.  Here is a compilation of their theories from various blogs, websites, videos, and podcasts I’ve studied:

General Tips:
Weather trumps moon
Wind is preferred greatly over no wind/little wind
Just in front of cold weather and through cold front is good
First day of south wind after cold weather front with rising barometer is something to prioritize
Rising barometer is good
Light rain/rain is good

Moon Theories:
5 days after full moon are best in morning
5 days before full moon are best in evening
Those 10-12 days around full moon are best with good weather

Best days of the year in general (suggested vacation days if you are limited)
:
October 30-31
November 5-9
November 15-18

Drury’s Thirteen Phases (based on Midwest dates):

Phase One: New Beginning
Sept.15th – Sept. 24th
Tactics:
1.  Pay attention to thermals

2.  Manage your does

3.  Review recent summer trail camera pictures
4.  Seldom hunt in the mornings

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Phase Two: Green Pastures
Sept. 25th – Oct. 12th
Tactics:
1.  Plant to your position
2.  Plant to optimize palatability
3.  Check trail cameras frequently
4.  Scout more than you hunt

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Phase Three: October Lull
Oct. 13th – Oct. 24th
Tactics:
1.  Don’t waste any time
2.  Avoid hunting your best spots
3.  Transition cameras to scrapes
4.  Strike on a major weather fronts

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Phase Four: Pre-Lock
Oct. 25th – Nov. 1st
Tactics:
1. Start calling
2. “Feed ‘Em Forward”
3.  Refocus on popular food
4. Seek the most mature deer

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Phase Five: High Anticipation
Nov. 2nd – Nov. 5th
Tactics:
1.  Start hunting mornings
2.  Pay attention to access
3.  Remember: Calling is effective
4.  Start logging major hours in the stand; expand your hunting time

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Phase Six: Buck Parade
Nov. 6th – Nov. 10th
Tactics:
1.  Crash-in on your best spots
2.  Start using decoys
3.  Extend both your AM and PM sits
4.  Check your bow’s cams in and out of the stands and on your way to and from

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Phase Seven: Lock Down
Nov. 11th – Nov. 15th
Tactics:
1.  Hunt all day
2.  Hunt near water sources
3.  Expand your focus: stay sharp and alert – a big deer can walk by middle of the day
4.  Focus more on bed movement (to and from)

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Phase Eight: Desperately Seeking
Nov. 16th – Nov. 19th
Tactics:
1.  Hunt the mid-day: 9am-11am — 1pm-4pm)
2.  Move to the movement: Go to where you are seeing deer
3.  Predict with trail camera pictures: Use last year’s pictures to predict this year’s movement
4.  Avoid “Wrong Place, Wrong Time”: If you’re not seeing them, adjust your tactics

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Phase Nine: Party’s Over
Nov. 19th – Nov. 25th
Tactics:
1.  Avoid mid-day hunts (Mid-day just isn’t as important this time.)
2.  Food source importance. (Food becomes important again.)
3.  Movement may be down. (Don’t get depressed if camera movement slows down.)
4.  Grind it to the finish. (Don’t stop, even though moment slows.)

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Phase Ten: Green Revisited
Nov. 26th – Dec. 5th
Tactics:
1.  Expand your home range and let your farm rest
2.  Focus on food via trail camera pictures
3.  Plant to palatability
4.  Sleeping in

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Phase Eleven: Waiting on a Front
Dec. 6th – Dec. 8th
Tactics:
1. Utilize your MRI (most recent information)
2. Travel to catch the rut
3. Focus on a variety of food
4. Dress accordingly

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Phase Twelve: Feedback
Dec. 9th – Dec. 21st
Tactics:
1. Focus on food (grain becomes important)
2. Secondary rut activity if your herd’s out of balance
3. Hunt with friends and family
4. Early afternoon success

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Phase Thirteen: Grand Finale
Dec. 22nd – Jan. 15th
Tactics:
1. Don’t fret late movement
2. Caution your stand choices
3. Hunt food on a front
4. Expect fewer pictures from your trail cameras

Website for more information: https://www.druryoutdoors.com/tv/thirteen/phase-breakdowns.php

Comments

people who don’t work for a living have too much time to think ! just hunt !

Posted by djcrokit on November 21

DJ, I agree buddy…..

Posted by WhitetailFreak on November 22

You forgot the first step:

(1) 1,000’s of acres with no pressure.

Posted by Gobble Gobble on November 27

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