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Old 11-14-2007, 06:50 PM
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LOTSSSS of moose around where i live!
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Old 11-14-2007, 07:50 PM
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Mainer, it sounds like you are in a good area. It seems when the doe herd is up you find fewer scrapes, the bucks don't need to advertise. Also, the reverse is true when there are few does in a given area then the bucks have to advertise making more scrapes and scent checking them downwind. So the problem is do I hunt travel routes ie doe travels or scrape lines. The only way to figure it all out is stay in the woods and observe then plan your next move. Remember that bucks make primary and secondary scrapes, look for the largest and freshest ones. Look for a scrape line and stick with it. Good Luck
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:55 AM
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Greetings from Vermont Mainer, You and I are hunting under similar conditions/situations, Vermont Bucks are fewer and further between as well.
It sounds to me like all you need to do is relax, leave the grunts, calls, bleats, rattling horns and everything else, other than your rifle and ammunition to home. Don't be a Marine be a hunter, Marine's are the take charge type of men just like the other soldiers in the other branchesof service.. BUT you're dealing with (IMO) the most elusive animal on the face of the earth, You're in the animals world now.
My Advice: You already said you're seeing Bucks not Doe's, So you know they are there, keep focused on the wind direction and scent control don't get in your stand too early the average hunter can only maintain a good hunting posture and mindset for so long after a certain time period most hunters become fidgety.. Deer are wel oiled machines that will catch your every movement if you move they see it, if you sniffle they hear it and as quickly as they slip in on you they slip right back out. you should plan on being in your stand no earlier than 40 minutes before sunrise and for the next 3 hours all you should be doing is listening and watching... move your eyes first then your head, if you see the slightest movement try and figure out what it is don't just brush it off as nothing, I can't tell you how many times I've seen a Deer twitch it's ear or flick it's tail or tilt it's head at 150 yards or better, It's always good to know a Buck is moving in LONG before it enters the zone. With that I'll say Good Luck and again just take your time and don't forget to post us some pics when you get one.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:31 PM
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I really appreciate that advice, man. I DO get fidgety. I move my head around a lot and I know that if a buck is checking the area from a tree line where I cannot yet see him....he surely sees me.

I also have to occasionally cough or sniffle, which typically I pull my hood from my sweatshirt over my mouth and press both hands against it to cough. It's very muffled but do you think that they hear that....did I just blow the whole day?
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Old 11-16-2007, 06:28 AM
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By you telling us you were going in to your spot so soon I already knew you were moving too much during what I like to call "the magic hours" the first 3 legal shooting hours and the last 3 legal shooting hours.

Coughing could blow a days hunt but then again if the Deer are SO focusd on doe's during a heavy Rut you could almost get away with anything. just like chewing Tobacco, Yes that could bust you too but again if those Bucks are only interested in doe's it may not matter.. again slow movements, try to keep the wind in your face and try to spot them before they spot you...

Good Luck !!!
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