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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-17-2015, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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I have a 160 acres land with food plots with lots of state surrounding my property. We did shoot two 8 pointers and saw a lot of deer. BUT what I don't understand is why I don't see more bucks in food plots and where do the bucks go after rifle season. they have disappeared?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-17-2015, 04:20 PM
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As long as the weather is mild, bucks will go nocturnal. They need to recover from the rut and will not be using up much energy, feeding at night and bedding down most of the time. Remember, during the rut, you will see more bucks as they travel to find does. Also, when you have many hunters in the woods during the rifle season deer will be moved by them. Post gun season is when I enjoy late season hunting, finding feeding travel routes and setting up there. Cold weather forces deer to feed and that can mean daylight movement. Really cold temps and I can usually find deer out at mid-day when the sun warms them up a bit and they head out for a bite to eat. I would think trail cams should reveal deer in the food plots at night right now.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 12-18-2015, 06:40 AM
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I can only add that I don't know the dates of your rifle season or the dates when deer shed their antlers but
keep in mind that deer shed their antlers which could contribute to seeing less bucks on trail cams after your rifle season.

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