Summer's officially over even though you can't tell because it's still so hot and sticky outside. Most of us have finished pre-season scouting, and have hung our tree stands along well-traveled deer trails, hopefully next to a mature white oak that will begin dropping acorns soon. Finally, the time of year we've been waiting for is here, the beginning of football and better yet, Archery and rifle deer hunting season.
Archery season provides a great opportunity to take a trophy whitetail and hunting the rut is arguably one of the best times to do so. If you're stealthy enough and have done your homework, you've got a good chance of having a nice one walk out in front of you.
After rifle season starts and the pressure to rut has passed, a lot of your mature bucks go nocturnal. Since their not chasing ruting mates, you might not see that big buck again for the rest of the season, except for maybe a picture taken from your game-cam sometime during the middle of the night.
Note: Only bows may be used during archery season. No bows, crossbows, spears, daggers, Medieval pole arms, battle axes, tomahawks, Pikes, Lances, fauchard, Glavie, Guisarme, Wu Jian or Shuriken Daggers, may be used to harvest deer during rifle season. Other things you can't use during rifle season include explosives or drug-injecting arrows, a machete or bows equipped with electronic computational or laser sights.
This behavior is not allowed!
You also can't use dogs to hunt deer, but you can use bird-dogs if you are hunting birds. Otherwise, the only time you can have a dog in the woods while hunting is if you have one on a leash, or if you are trying to make it look like an accident.
Towards the end of rifle season, if you still haven't seen anything and you're quite the marksman, rabbits and gray squirrels make good substitutes to shooting the real thing. In a pinch, Raccoons, opossums, coyotes, nutrias, skunks and beavers also may be used to satisfy your craving for hunting glory.
As far as legal shooting hours are concerned, you're allowed to let your bullets fly one half-hour before sunrise and one half-hour after sunset
Well, I hope I've helped answer any questions you might have had regarding the rules and regulations of deer hunting as some of these rules can be a bit confusing. ( See Note:)