va wayne 2016I posted Friday that with the weekend beginning on October 21, the best hunting of the year was about to heat up:

Historical “rut curves” assembled by biologists over decades show that bucks really begin to rev up their scraping around October 20…the data show that 5 to 7 percent of a herd’s does are bred by bucks around October 21… With the cooler weather…that will occur in the Eastern U.S. (last) weekend, I predict the buck movement and hunting will get better… after (last) week of 80-plus Indian Summer days here in Virginia, a cold front will blow through later this afternoon, and the low tomorrow morning will be 44. …the next couple of days should be good.

Virginia hunter Wayne Mills, who shoots some great bucks and has been featured on BIG DEER several times, didn’t waste any time. Wayne posted on my Twitter:

@mikehanback You were oh so right, big bucks moving with cold front last night in VA. Triple brow tine. Mainframe12, 21scorable pts.

Awesome deer, heavy rack and with split brows for even more character. I’ve asked Wayne for the whole story and will post soon.

Like I said, the hunting is just heating up, and it’s only going to get better over the 3-4 weeks. Get out there and good luck, and be sure to let me know how you do.