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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-08-2008, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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well the time has come when the rut is bout over..... now what? having a really hard time seeing deer in teh same places that i have previously been seeing them. what should i do? any tips for calling and/or rattlin? i up for anything right now. been about a week since the last deer sighting...at all.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-08-2008, 04:28 PM
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maybe doe bleats but definitely no buck grunts or rattling. FOOD is the key in the post rut for does and bucks to fatten up for winter. that's where you'll see the secondary rut take place. just my opinion.
post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-08-2008, 04:30 PM
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im with ronn food and security cover are the places to be.i wouldnt call maybe use a cover scent or doe scent.

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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-08-2008, 06:02 PM
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but, if the does are in the 30 day secondary rut then an estrus scent just might bring in big daddy. Rut is rut whether it's primary or secondary. Food, cover, travel routes, bed areas. Deer are switching to winter survival mode here in the midwest.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-08-2008, 08:41 PM
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true HM where are you hunting wranglerambler

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.
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post #6 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-10-2008, 06:34 AM
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ive been wondering the same for some late season tips. would rub lines still be a good place to set up shop or is it too late. also will bucks use the same general rub areas year after year??
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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-10-2008, 06:43 AM
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Around here I see more big bucks standing stupid in fields than any other time. In mid December - 2nd breeding period. There are not as many does to breed although there are some, and the bucks are moving, but not as aggressive. Hard hunting for me any way ya look at it, but hey.......what else have I to do?

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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-18-2008, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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sorry been a while.
hunting in nc. saw three does yesterday, but no bucks. hunt in the woods near a small thicket and on a pretty regular deer path. Deer seem to have moved to the feilds starting around the mid afternoon.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 12-18-2008, 06:38 PM
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Up here in Michigan with the cold weather there hasn't been much activity for me either, so don't feel to bad. Deer seem to be moving alot at night and then hunkered down in the thick stuff during daylight. Though, they should be herding up pretty soon if not already, have'nt been out in a week. I seem to have better luck sitting near a good bedding area and food source. Deer need to pack on the pounds for the winter.
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