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Old 10-30-2008, 07:06 PM
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well to add a little more to the story.. I don't believe the rut is happening right now. We are in the chase phase here in Ohio. The bucks are starting to chase a little bit but no estrus. And i'm hunting a certain buck in his territory. He has consistantly been coming out in the evenings around 5:00pm. I have always been too far from him to take him with my bow. I am hunting from the ground also. Last week I rattled around 6:00pm and I heard a Snort/wheeze from the edge of the woods. He probably kept weezing for about 2-3minutes. a lot longer then a usual spook of a deer. this deer sounded pissed off.
I'm in Ohio also and have noticed that the action aint quite there yet either. I just used my decoy for the first time this morning without any luck. I'm a bit hesitant to do any 'real' rattling yet because I'm worried I may spook them..I don't know, maybe I'm wrong??

Good luck and keep us posted on how you're doing! I'm going back out in the morning so I'll do the same.

If you see any 'action' going on let me know...since I'm in Ohio also
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Old 10-30-2008, 08:40 PM
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I'm heading to PA this saturday. The rut will be going on around the 6-12 there. I'll be using two different doe in heat scents in 3 hanging branches overlooking fresh scrapes. Encounters with bucks happens nearly every day during the rut. The three point on one side requirement means waiting for the right one to show up. Mathews and Muzzy are teamed up and ready to go.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:14 AM
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Ok, I went out this morning after that buck i've been watching. I was sitting and had my 6 point buck decoy/target up about twenty yards in front of me. i was sitting at about 7:15am. At 7:30 I grunted and did a rattling sequence. i am sitting in a small thicket in a large field facing the woods. I heard a snort way off to my left after my rattle sequence. So, I sat.... At 8:00am I see the buck coming straight toward my decoy about 110 yards away. He stroll right in completely fixated on the decoy. He came to about 40-50 yards from me and 60-70 yards from the decoy. Then he turn and ran into the edge where he circled around the decoy and then disappeared.

I would have had a perfect shot on him if he would have only came in 10-20 yards more. First Time i used the decoy. I had him facing the woods about 40-50 yards from the edge w/no scent. It was pretty exciting, I can't wait to get back out there. I've been seeing this buck a lot lately.

I think when tomorrow morning i'm going to use the doe decoy. Maybe this big boy will feel more comfortable with a doe.
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:26 AM
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put the doe in front of the buck ya know what i mean? then he'll be mad as .....
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Old 10-31-2008, 11:45 AM
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lol,,, no can do.. only one decoy...interesting technique though
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Old 10-31-2008, 01:06 PM
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I had him facing the woods about 40-50 yards from the edge w/no scent.
I think when tomorrow morning i'm going to use the doe decoy. Maybe this big boy will feel more comfortable with a doe.
Your decoy should have been facing away from the woods BUT it's ok at least you got to see that using a decoy works. I think I would still keep it as a Buck but face it away from the woods next time around but then again a doe setup might work as well.
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facing the buck towards the field is like being in a boxing ring as a boxer and timberghost (a real boxer) will back this up. a boxer facing you is more of a threat than a boxer heading back to his corner.
Now imagine the buck seeing another buck in the field, well he's heading back to the woods so it's no big deal BUT if he was facing the other way well then maybe we gotta show him who's field this is. make sense? Id still avoid the scents give it one more time scent free and see what happens.
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Old 11-03-2008, 07:18 AM
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OhioMike? anything new to report?
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Old 11-03-2008, 09:04 AM
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Hey Bruce, I hunted Saturday all day and Sunday morning. I saw my buck both days. just never quite came in close enough... Saturday I had my doe decoy out. I was sitting in some tall grass facing the edge(60 yards). I was sitting by 7:00am(still dark) I rattled and grunted around every 45minutes. Hoping that when this buck comes through he will appear. At 9:30am I heard movement along the edge. He come out directly in front of me in tall grass at about 50 yards.. As soon as he came out he put his eyes right on me. I don't know how the hell he saw me but he did. he watched me the whole time he strolled through the field. When he got to about 40 yards, i was goin to take shot. he turned his head and i started to draw, he looked righted at me in mid-draw. I had to stop and hold draw, he ended up strolling away.
Needless to say, I put a tree stand up in the field that afternoon. I hunted that evening from the tree stand and just saw a couple does off in the distance..
Sunday morning I hunted the same stand and Seen 5 does, a small buck and the nice buck i've been hunting. They all came out about 80 yards away and never came into me. I did see the smaller buck chasing the hell out of does though; had them running in circles.
So, it was a good weekend. I'm excited to get back out there. It's too bad that i have to work all the time. It seems to get in the way of my hunting obession.
I'm planning on going out in the morning here soon with in the next couple days.
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:06 PM
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is it possible to get setup on the opposite end of the field? it looks like the wind is against you on that left hand side, can you get to the other end (the right side) of that field?
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Old 11-03-2008, 02:39 PM
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I will have to investigate that end. The wind changes quite often. I've notice that the majority of the time. it is to my favor. blowing out of the woods to me. The wind direction i put on that particular map is when I was sitting up in the field, most Northeast position. I am positioned in the treestand now.
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