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Has anyone seen any pre-rut or rut activity ?.
Posted: 02 November 2014 08:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Schuyler county.  I wouldn’t wait.
Saw 10 bucks on Saturday.  Two may have been a repeat sighting.
Only saw four does and two young ones.

One buck scent checked me on the way in.  It saw me in the dawn low light and it had to make sure I wasn’t a doe.
I never had a buck(little 8) follow me into my stand before.

Saw one hard chase.  Four bucks were in pursuit. Grunting and sounding like a stampede.
Had a decent 8 at dusk, but it never offered a close up shot.  40-50 yards is too far for me.

Didn’t see any scraping. Only saw one rub, but I didn’t venture far.

 

 

 

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Posted: 02 November 2014 11:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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Seen 3 bucks last night on the way home from work about 12:15 a few blocks from my house.  All younger bucks but I’ve never seen any bucks in the area.  Usually just 2 or 3 does.  It’s a small park in our neighborhood in town.  They were cruisin for some city does I guess.

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Posted: 02 November 2014 08:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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This weekend was outstanding where I’m at as big boys were out and about, does getting chased and had lots of daylight action. It’s time to be out there and stay out there.

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Posted: 03 November 2014 10:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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The morning of Saturday the 1st had some good chasing on my place in Knox.  All stated at about 8:00am.  Mostly young bucks dogging a doe.  One shooter 8 making a scrape.  For what it’s worth, I have more scrapes on my farm this year than I’ve had in the last 5 years combined.

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Posted: 03 November 2014 10:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Saturday saw 2 big bucks with does not chasing, dozen small bucks crusing, no other does around, Sunday saw one doe all day.

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Posted: 03 November 2014 11:31 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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sounds like it’s getting cranked up good. Can’t wait to get up there on Thurs, and hopefully sling an arrow.

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Posted: 06 November 2014 10:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Had a nice buck come in with two does Monday evening. I was pulled back and ready to let it fly but could not get a completely clear shot because of a few limbs I failed to trim, I left them for cover and it cost me. Such is life, i would rather let him walk than just wound him or make him coyote food.  It was a great hunt that left me shaking my head, wind was not in my favor he came from the opposite direction I expected, I was as scent free as possible and he got within 20yrds of me but could not pull it off and he went in a standing corn field.  does bedded down in front of me had to wait an hour after dark to come down so wouldn’t spook them. It was a good hunt. I needed it. Vacation starts tomorrow and I will try again.

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Posted: 08 November 2014 09:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Saw a young 2 1/2 yr old mount a doe Wednesday morning Fulton county.

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Posted: 08 November 2014 09:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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I posted this reply on another thread earlier this evening and thought it is suitable for this topic….
...Hunting Will County on a small, private, 14 acre river bottom. I am hunting this property in the mornings as it has always produced great rutting activity during this time, and me harvesting my two biggest bucks to date during the morning. The past couple days I have seen very minimal rutting activity as I had two mature does with their three fawns bedded underneath me for a good part of the morning. If the mature does were in estrus, no way would the faws be with them, let alone them just bedded alone underneath me. I am seeing daytime bucks but they are mostly younger deer, 1.5-3.5 years old and they are just milling around the woods. I was at full draw yesterday morning on a 140” 10pt but let him walk as I know when the rut really picks up, bigger boys will be in there.
Still seeing a lot of fresh scrapes being tended, along with new and freshened up rubs so the bucks here are still prepping. I have consistently seen and killed my biggest bucks here during the beginning of the third week of November. I know a lot of you are thinking the bucks are locked down at that time but that is when I have witnessed the best chasing and biggest bucks out, the ones that have never even been on my trail cams.
Even though the weather has been excellent here, I am only seeing the young guys right now and no chasing. But of course that doesn’t mean I will not be in the woods, in a tree right now…I love this time of year. Good luck everyone and I’ll keep you all posted….
....so now that I am back from my evening hunt, this is what I witnessed during the last hour and 15 minutes of hunting light. A young fork horn was trying to chase a couple does that wanted no part of him. One doe still had her fawns with her. I believe this is just the start of good things to come where I am at. History for me has always proved the next couple weeks to be dynamite.

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Posted: 10 November 2014 11:02 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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Just came from a week in Fulton County.  Saw a fair amount of chasing, but mostly during the first and last hour of the day.  Starting to get more frequent day time pics on trail cams.  Some nice three year olds, but no real giants.  Still some corn up.

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Posted: 12 November 2014 09:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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I’ve hunted the past three mornings with chasing going on primarily before daylight. I get in my stand 30 minutes prior to start of sun up and there has always been chasing going on, but before shooting light. Once the sun starts coming up it seems the chasing just stops and all I see are young bucks and does milling around. Had a nice shooter come in this morning but I didn’t notice him until he was 20 yards to my side because of the leaves being so quiet now due to the rain yesterday. But once again, this was before shooting light and he was just cruising, not chasing. Having to work this afternoon, about a mile from where I am hunting I see a buck bedded down tending a doe in a cut corn field. So I see chasing very early in the morning but then a lockdown buck…gotta get it done soon!

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