Mike Monteleone is an important part of the staff at Mossy Oak and he is considered a professional in his field and someone to learn from. He has several Pope and Young record bucks under his belt. During a recent interview, he was very forthcoming with his tricks of the trade and below he shares a few of his tried and true techniques to hunt during the rut.
Mike Monteleone is considered to be an expert hunter and is passionate about his bow and arrow craft and overall sport of the hunt. He hunts mainly in Delaware, Maryland and the southern part of Pennsylvania.
Remember, you do not have to be a trophy hunter to enjoy the rut, but it is the time that you will most like see more bucks. It is also the time that larger bucks are more active during the day. The peak of the rut season has been described by hunters as a dozen or so bucks being sighted in a single day or another way to put it is that that a deer will more than likely walk pass a tree stand every 60 to 90 minutes if the conditions and lures are attractive enough.
Mike Monteleone strongly believes that the phases of the moon and the weather has a great impact on the results of the hunt. In addition to using nature to his advantage, he also uses decoys, lures and scouting. He is an outdoors man and has been hunting and fishing from the time he could walk. He said that hunting is in his blood. He was quoting in saying that he loves to hunt and hopes that it never goes away.