Ohio's archery season opened Sept. 29, but it didn't mean much to many area bow hunters. Lots went out on opening day, of course, because it's traditional, and some made a few trips later.
But it's during the rut that bow and crossbow hunters become serious, because deer move then, and the big bucks get silly. It's the year's best chance to put antlers on the wall and meat in the freezer.
Ohio's deer rut normally starts around the last week in October, hits full swing the first three weeks of November, then begins to taper off. Which means it's already started, but there's still time to build tree stands, or ground blinds, and scout out a favorite farm. But there are some points that archers not yet truly knowledgeable about their sport should keep in mind. Because these tactics will up your chances of bagging a fine whitetail.
One, if planning to hold off on tree stands until you actually find a nice scrape or two, is to decide where to place it. Some believe that stands should be along approaches to a major scrape, while others feel they should be within shooting range.