Nocturnal I hear that term thrown around so much and irritates me more than the phrase "october lull." I was reading the October lull thread and this got me thinking about it.. There are two things I dont believe in when it comes to whitetail deer hunting, October lulls and nocturnal deer. Now days most everyone has a trail cam, or ten. They constantly get photos of bucks at night, so they deem that deer nocturnal. There's not one deer in the woods who lays down all day and doesnt move at all in daylight. It just doesnt happen. Somewhere, that deer is on his feet in the daylight. He may only be moving in a 100 yard area, but hes is on his feet. Regardless of what you see of a buck on your trail cam at night, he is on his feet somewhere in the daylight. Now, the bigger question is, "can I access the area this deer is moving during the day time?" Often times mature deer position themselves in such a place that it is sometimes impossible to access them where they are walking during shooting hours, but not always. I cant speak for other locations through out the country. Although, I can speak for my region of Ohio. Deer are like people, every deer has a different personality. Some are more prone to be wanderers while others tend to spend most of their time in a small area this time of year. Rt now, mature deer for the most part, are living in a small core area. An area where they dont need to move far to obtain every day necessities. Welcome to early season hunting. Like I stated before, there are always exceptions. But im not speaking of those exceptions. The October lull is something made up by hunters to excuse their lack of buck sightings. Do you think there is a slight coincidence that this said "lull" occurs almost immediately after season opens? Some blame it on heat. Well thats odd, I drive around all August watching big bucks in beans 1-2 hours before dark. Why doesnt the heat affect them then? Is it also a coincidence that the beans are turning at the exact time acorns start are falling? The deer vacate the fields and become wanderers of the timber. They shift areas to adapt to their new found food source. Yet people still hang out on the edges of brown/yellow bean fields wondering where the deer went. Have there been deer killed under these circumstances, you bet, but as a whole, deer change habits, so should hunters. I killed a mature buck October 9th that was a habitual field lurker, prior to losing his velvet. Most all of my photos prior to sept 18th were in fields. I relocated him on a ridge that was infested with briars and inhabited by cattle. There were 3 cameras in less than a 7 acre area... Only one camera consistently captured him in daylight. 1 camera got him a couple times, and there was 1 camera within 150 yards of him, that he never ever appeared on that I was getting photos of other deer he would often times be seen with. If I went by the other cameras, I would say this deer was Nocturnal or not in the area, but a 100 yard shift in camera location produced daylight photos of this deer, and a lot of them. I put corn out at the camera he was seen at the most.. He became a habitual visitor. Im talking every day, multiple times a day at all hours... That let me know, I was in his core.... I backed off a bit on the night of October 9th and saw him the first time a little after 5 browsing on briars. I killed him about an hour later meandering down a fence row, which Im positive he was headed to get a bite to eat of corn. He was on his feet for probably 1.5 hours and never left a 100-200 yard area. So my point is, just because you dont have day light photos, doesnt mean that deer isnt on his feet in daylight. that camera is covering such a small area, and if that small area isnt the right area, you are spinning your wheels for nothing. Dont get wrapped up in terms such as October Lull or Nocturnal. Instead, ask yourself, if hes not here is daylight, where could he be and why? Im sure there will be some arguments with my beliefs, but I can only speak for what I have found and whagt works for me. Early in my hunting career I used those two phrases as a crutch as well, and I couldnt have been more wrong Heres a photo of the deer I killed October 9th. Not a giant, but a healthy,mature ohio whitetail.