I hunted with BFO for the second week rut archery hunt, during the dates of November 11 - 15. Unfortunately for my group (3 in my party) and most of camp that week, the hunting was very difficult. Due to the full moon and lock down phase, we unfortunately hit the worst week of deer movement for the season. I estimate that I saw 10 bucks throughout the week and one shooter 150 yards through the woods. Of the 8 in my camp (we stayed at the Lane Lodge) one shot was fired on the last day but the animal was not retrieved. There was one giant (~175") killed on Day 2 by a hunter from the main camp.
Now for the good news. I will absolutely hunt with BFO again, and will highly recommend them. Although the hunting was very difficult, our guides Kyle and TJ worked their tails off for us all week. While we were hunting each day, they were scouting other farms, hanging new sets, rebaiting, and working on backup plans for each of their hunters. They were more upset at the outcome of the hunts than the hunters . The food was top notch. Our cook Mrs. Amy absolutely killed it all week long. The lodging was also great.
Although the hunting was difficult all week long, every other aspect of our trip with BFO was top notch. As any experienced whitetail hunter knows, hunting the rut can be very hot and cold. We unfortunately hit the cold. The people, lodging, hunting setups, and all other aspects were excellent.
Thanks for being a trooper and staying positive, Noah! I hope to see you again to seal the deal!!!
The weather was not a factor to the minimal movement throughout the week. A significant cold front came through at the end of Day 1 and the weather was cold the rest of the week. The full moon was a bigger factor than the weather,