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Posted: 04 November 2013 11:48 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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Knox had bucks running hard all weekend. Young and Mature Bucks…  Don’t think its 100% yet, but its pretty dang close.

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Posted: 04 November 2013 12:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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RICHLAND COUNTY/hunted all weekend 11/1-11/3 saw several deer more bucks then doe. no chasing but the bucks were definatley scent checking what does i did see my sister-in-law missed a nice 9 pointer

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Posted: 04 November 2013 04:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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I.sat all.day Saturday and Sunday in Knox county. Saw a lot of young bucks pestering does but no full blown chasing. Saw.one mature buck Saturday evening 30 min before dark but no shot. Mature bucks showing up on camera closer to shooting hours. I think we.are a week away from prime time in my area.

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Posted: 05 November 2013 08:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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Hunted Christian County over the weekend, and no signs of chasing.  Saw some does walking alone… no fawns I did notice that buck movement happened later in the morning.  I sat Sunday morning until after 8:00 before seeing any deer.  Then I saw 4 different bucks in a half-hour span.  Biggest was a 2-year old that was hanging with two 1.5’s.  It’s close, but not there yet.

I have to get through this week… and maybe one more day next week before having the rest of the time off before gun season!

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Posted: 05 November 2013 09:30 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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saw the first adult buck DOE UP on 11/1- right on schedule-west central

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Posted: 05 November 2013 03:04 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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I would say the mature bucks are in full swing rut.  I have seen shooters the last 2 days chasing does hard.

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Posted: 11 November 2013 09:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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here in Richland County past 2 days i have seen mature bucks cruising…... missed a 140 class 8 pt this morning all i got was hair i was sick

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Posted: 11 November 2013 11:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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I hunt in Jefferson…..a lot of small bucks chasing this weekend, have not seen any big ones out yet. I did drop a deer off at Trenton Processing this morning (Clinton County)....the meat locker was empty on Friday afternoon….there were 13 bucks in it this morning, a couple of them were 3.5 to 4.5 years old…..this should be the week!!!

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Posted: 11 November 2013 12:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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got to come home (Crawford County) for the weekend to do some bowhunting (Jr. at EIU in Charleston).  I decided I was going to do all ground hunting this year, as a new challenge.  Friday night was a bust, no deer to be seen.  Saturday morning was very windy until the sun came over the horizon, then it settled just a bit.  That small change in the wind speed along with the sun coming up really brought the woods to life.  Weird thing though, I had 5 bucks within 50 yards of me all at once.  I literally just couldn’t figure out why they were all together this time of year.  Two smallest ones started to spar until the bigger bucks got close. A 1.5yr old 8 walked up to 8 yards of me, that was quite the thrill.  Never scented or saw me, that was a relief since the two older bucks were at 35 and 45.  Finally harvested one of the bigger two, a 3.5yr old 10 pointer. 25 yard shot. 

So here’s my question. Has anyone else seen bucks traveling together now?  There had been a doe walk through about 30 minutes earlier, but none of the bucks were scent checking the trail or anything.  Very strange.

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Posted: 11 November 2013 01:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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Yes I have seen smaller deer with mid sized and larger deer all trailing a hot doe or following the hot doe if she recently walked through the area.  How where you able to stay hidden so well - Gillie Suit?  Congrats on the hunt sounded like fun.

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Posted: 11 November 2013 02:26 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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GalenaBob - 11 November 2013 01:46 PM

Yes I have seen smaller deer with mid sized and larger deer all trailing a hot doe or following the hot doe if she recently walked through the area.  How where you able to stay hidden so well - Gillie Suit?  Congrats on the hunt sounded like fun.

No I don’t own a Ghillie Suit, I was at the intersection where a draw comes down through the woods and meets the creek bottom, so I was naturally sitting on the slope up against a big tree. Luckily the tree had two big root projections at the base facing where the bottom met the draw so I sat down right between them and blended right in.  The small 8 definitely looked at me two or three times but never got giddy. I thought that doe might be coming into estrus and that’s why they showed up, just surprised me how they didn’t react to that like I expected if she was coming into estrus.  Thanks though, It sure was a great experience, I would encourage everyone to give ground hunting a try.

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Posted: 11 November 2013 02:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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Here he is in case anyone wanted to see. Got hot in my camo bibs so I had taken them off, this isn’t what I was wearing when I shot him lol

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Posted: 12 November 2013 12:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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Hunted hard Nov. 1-10. Buck activity really started picking up around the 7th. They’ve been out seeking and chasing. Witnessed tons of chasing the morning of Nov. 9th and rattled in a bruiser non-typical who never gave me a shot. I think we may have a week tops before the lockdown. Hunting Grundy, Will, and Kankakee Counties. Took a 3.5 year old 10 point the evening of Sunday Nov. 10th. He came in to a grunt call. Not sure how to post pics but I have plenty. Can I just put a direct link on here?

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Posted: 12 November 2013 07:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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Its on hot and heavy in Knox county. Killed a nice 6 point yesterday morning, I know 6 point? but he is a very large mature buck. I was in my ground blind for 20 minutes and used some Tink’s 69 doe in rut spray and here he comes up my mowed trail nose in the air stopped at 24 yards and only went 30. If I can figure out how to get a picture on here I will post one of him. Good luck to all , this is a one deer year for me to let the herd rebound .

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Posted: 15 November 2013 09:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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Saw the first chasing of the year this morning. They were small, so must be just starting around here.Woodford co.

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