09-23-2008, 03:37 PM
Ronn is right on, this time of year is when the bucks are seeing what the competition is going to be like for the rut. right now and for the next couple weeks is a good time for gentle rattling and fawn bleats, the fawns are at an age now where they're wanting to become vocal, the bucks should just about be velvet free and their antlers are itching to feel some playtime with other bucks no battles yet just playful rough housing, and again that playful attitude changes as the rut draws closer, that's when the rattling can be more aggressive.
Keep track of your Temperatures , what you want to see is Normal to cooler temps (that's ideal hunting time) warmer puts the deer on their bellies. Just because your cam hasn't seen any large mature bucks doesn't mean they aren't there. Bucks have a tendancy to be lazy bedding near food and not traveling too too far, the rut will change that laziness also.
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