Middle of the day

DesertRanch

Active Member
Depends on the day. Overcast, rainy/snowy days are my favorite for still hunting thick country all day long. I've killed more than a few bucks mid day. When a storm front is moving in, deer will feed all day before it hits. Great hunting then. I've yet to kill a buck napping in camp.;)
 

JPickett

Active Member
i sleep on the hill a lot. once i leave camp its rare im back there before dark. most of my hikes are a pain in the ass enough to do once a day much less getting back up there in the afternoon.

elk sometimes i do morning and afternoon hunts depending on the areas and bugles but usually out all day for them too.
 

sb2017

Member
It's unreal to me how much happens in the middle of the day when you just sit still and watch. That's my favorite thing to do rather than spend the time to go back to camp. I'd say pick a spot that seems worth a whole day, glass from daylight til around 10 am, then go sit somewhere that you can relax, read a book, nap, whatever suits your fancy while still being able to see a decent amount of what's around you.

I have found noon til around 2ish to be surprisingly good glassing. Animals will get up to stretch their legs and mill around a bit before repositioning in better shade.

Then I like to be set up for the evening glass for two or so hours before dark.

Daylight - 10ish am: Prime glassing
10ish - Noonish: Get comfortable and wait for what happens around you
Noonish-2ish pm: Generally great glassing
2ish-4ish or 5ish depending on season: Relax/eat/nap
4ish - Dark: Prime glassing
 

Captain_coues

Active Member
My favorite thing is to take a nap. It’s the best sleep I have all year. It could be hunting or shed hunting, but naps are the best. I tend to have the best, most memorable dreams too. I have all of mine planned out. I have to have a soft spot in a wash that’s in the shade and my pack is dug in a little to prop my head up slightly.
 

shofn006

Member
A little snooze can be nice but man it can be tough to shut it down. I spend my time glassing or moving between glassing spots. I think deer stand up to stretch or grab a quick snack far more often than we think mid-day.
 

BLooDTRaCKeR

Very Active Member
I pack a hammock for good weather and a 6x8 foot tarp for bad weather!

because theres nothing worse than a solid afternoon nap only to be woke up by ants biting/crawling all over u!

I stay out all day on every hunt that I go on regardless of weather!

If the weather is nice enough, then I set up the hammock on the hill in an area that I can glass off and on.

A lot happens and moves during the day if you are patient!

You can camp anytime!

But your hunt only comes once a year!
 
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jims

Very Active Member
As mentioned several times above. It's a great time to take a nap and glass from time to time. One word of caution....be super careful napping in buzz snake country! A couple weeks ago I fell asleep with head on the ground in the shade next to a giant boulder. I woke to the sporadic sound of a rattle right next to my head. When I opened my eyes and raised my head there was a rattler coiled up around 1 1/2' from where my head was laying. I'm positive the snake could sense my warm head and am amazed it coiled up next to my head. It didn't get excited until I rose to my knees fairly close to him. I was certainly grateful he didn't strike! I was tempted to kill him but let him live. I've included a photo of him.
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littlebighorn

Long Time Member
Steep mountains are called one-a-days for a reason. Pack a lunch, take a nap, and keep glassing. Some of our good bucks have been found when they got up to stretch, or move out of the sun to a new spot. Especially true for Coues deer!
I'm rarely close enough to camp to ever return in the middle of the day. Keep hunting. Eating and sleeping are what I do the rest of the year!
 

ithunter

Member
Travel hunts are always a limited window...I hunt all day...maybe a mid morning nap...but really its boots on the ground all day start to finish.
 
As mentioned several times above. It's a great time to take a nap and glass from time to time. One word of caution....be super careful napping in buzz snake country! A couple weeks ago I fell asleep with head on the ground in the shade next to a giant boulder. I woke to the sporadic sound of a rattle right next to my head. When I opened my eyes and raised my head there was a rattler coiled up around 1 1/2' from where my head was laying. I'm positive the snake could sense my warm head and am amazed it coiled up next to my head. It didn't get excited until I rose to my knees fairly close to him. I was certainly grateful he didn't strike! I was tempted to kill him but let him live. I've included a photo of him.
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That's crazy.
 
It's unreal to me how much happens in the middle of the day when you just sit still and watch. That's my favorite thing to do rather than spend the time to go back to camp. I'd say pick a spot that seems worth a whole day, glass from daylight til around 10 am, then go sit somewhere that you can relax, read a book, nap, whatever suits your fancy while still being able to see a decent amount of what's around you.

I have found noon til around 2ish to be surprisingly good glassing. Animals will get up to stretch their legs and mill around a bit before repositioning in better shade.

Then I like to be set up for the evening glass for two or so hours before dark.

Daylight - 10ish am: Prime glassing
10ish - Noonish: Get comfortable and wait for what happens around you
Noonish-2ish pm: Generally great glassing
2ish-4ish or 5ish depending on season: Relax/eat/nap
4ish - Dark: Prime glassing
I like your schedule. I've never considered that noon - 2pm could be great glassing.
 

mevertsen

Active Member
I look for "parts"

I hunt open country with mixed grass and brush.

I look for legs or ears or just a piece of the deer sticking out of or under a bush.

I get to where I am "level" with the opposite side of a steep canyon. Its absolutely amazing where deer will bed.

And I have watched canyons, moved, and circled back, and found deer getting up and moving for the sun, then bed back down. All day.

I also hunt very small areas and cover them very carefully. I used to "cover country" in a vehicle. Now i find sign and glass until i find the deer. If the sign is there, the deer are there.

3 bucks in the top photo. 1 buck in the lower photo. All bedded. Bad smoke. So not real clear.

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