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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 04:10 PM Thread Starter
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Got a problem, anyone have an idea?

I have a very mature and extremely large buck coming into my plot every evening, I have several pictures of him on trail camera but the earliest he ever comes out to feed is 11 pm. I would love to follow the path he uses to get from bed to feed but I am extremely scared of spooking this monster. I have purposely stayed out of the area unless absolutely necessary which i believe is the reason he is there. Are there any tricks to lure this big boy out one evening before dark? Thanks for any tips
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 05:10 PM
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patience will pay the rut gets closer maybe he will make a time change.....dont tell your friends untill you kill the buck
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 07:38 PM
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how about postin those pics? i agree with making sure to spend as much time on stand during the rut. he didn't get to be that big by being predictable. the rut will bring him out during shooting hours! good luck!
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys....and i agree completely. The only thing ive heard that i might try is simulating a sparring match between a couple smaller bucks. Ive heard that in early october when the pecking order is being established bigger bucks will respond to some light rattling. As far as pictures of him go...ill try to get some scanned and posted on here. I have one picture of him with a small eight that really isnt all that small.

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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 08:38 PM
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If he is not showing until 11pm he is quit aways away to bedding. This early in the season he should be up and moving by no later than 4:30. Check your maps and look for higher, very thick, secluded cover. You need to cut his travel by 2/3. Keep in mind a secondary food source he may use with water near by. His bedding should be within 200 yards of the water or closer. He probably will not be right next to water due to bugs this time of year. You need to act now before acorns really start dropping and his testosterone gets up to high. I'm telling you now is the time to act while you have a clue to his pattern. 2 more weeks and you will have to start from scratch again. Never hesitate once you have located your target buck.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-23-2008, 10:16 PM
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Im with you on this

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
Genesis 27:3 "The thinking deer hunter should mature through three phases during his hunting life. First phase, "I need to kill a deer." Second phase, I want to harvest a nice deer. And last phase, we must manage this resource so our children and their children can experience the grand tradition of good deer hunting." - Jim Slinsky
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-24-2008, 06:49 AM
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The only sure way of NOT killing him is to NOT hunt him. Go for it. Find him home before the October change...

We cannot continue to do the same things and expect different results
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-26-2008, 10:10 AM
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WMI has nailed it down for you. In 2-3 weeks his patterns will change and you will have to re-adjust. As rut nears pattern the does and wait for this guy to tag along. He may eventually slip up and create the opportunity you need to tag out on him. If the does are nervous and sense thay are being hunted the big guy will sense this and may stay mostly nocturnal however he will be in a sex frenzy and may occasionaly give chase during the day and potentially slip up. That's where you have to be in the right place at the right time. Hunt the rut as much as you can because this is the only time a big buck may let down his guard.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 09-29-2008, 05:46 PM
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Watch and learn, don't know where your at, but big buck are hard to find. Honey has brought him out. I would say, let this stud muffin, keep producing, but chances are, he'll get bagged. I say, make your presence known, the scent he will adjust too, especially on your own land, or familer land. Don't stand out there, but he knows every scent and change in the enviroment. Smell like death, he wont' come, smell normal, he'll take a chance. I have a clan of dogs, and not one of the deer seem to be shy. My dogs can be in the front pasture, with the deer in the back. Last year, my pup, played with bear cubs. Here they are this year, wiser and older is it.
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