A lot of changes happen in the mid to late September and early October timeframe for whitetails. Bucks no longer hold to summer patterns and instead transition into their fall ranges. The bachelor groups break up, the velvet comes off, food sources change, and rubs begin to show up along travel routes. This is also an anxious time of the season for many hunters where they see a significant decrease in overall activity, a timeframe that has become infamously known as the October Lull. "There is some truth to it," Roger says, "the bucks are just laying back, putting on fat and taking it easy." It's still a little bit early for the big bucks to ramp up their activity and so things typically slow down for big bucks during this period, he notes. The early season can be tough if hunters don't time their hunts right. The best time to kill a big buck in the early season, Roger says, is the first 2 to 3 days of the season. From the moment you step into the woods for the first time on opening day you start a clock and your chances of getting a big buck in the early season decrease everyday thereafter. Roger says he will soon be hunting the opener in Oklahoma and has his sights set on having a buck on the ground in the first two days, if it doesn't happen quickly he concedes that it will be much tougher to get his tag filled. "They just sense and know that something is going on," Roger says. Of course time in the field is required in order to get a shot opportunity, however he says that hunters don't need to sit all day long at this point in the season. The last 30 minutes to an hour of daylight is generally the timeframe hunters don't want to miss. It's not until November rolls in and the rutting activity ramps up that hunters may want to consider long all day sits to take advantage of spontaneous afternoon opportunities that present themselves.
Roger will also talk hog hunting and discuss the parallels of hunting big deer and big hogs. He notes that he has spent a lot of time shooting hogs and has held the Safari Club International world record title for biggest hog three different times with an 1,100-pound boar. He'll also briefly talk about getting youth into the outdoors and a planned hunt he has this fall to take his eight year old grandson on his first whitetail hunt.