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i have two very very nice bucks on my trail cam that only come out at night, how do i hunt them?
 

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Most likely just keep track of them on the trail cam and hit them during the rut. Watch for the doe travel routes and fall feeding areas that does use and set up for the bucks. The rut is about the only time a smart nocturnal buck may show himself in daylight hours and sometimes they never are seen! Also, it doesn't take much to register and become a member here.
 

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I have the exact same problem with a nice 4 y/o 10 point and a HUGE 3 1/2 9 point. They only come out in the dark. It's been my experience that as the weather gets cooler, the deer move more. During the hot summer months, the only thing you'll see out hardly is does during daylight. Those big bucks are like us BIG people, we like the air conditioning when it's HOT out side. My suggestion would be to continue to watch them and take notice to which way the deer are traveling. are they coming from the right or left of your cam? That'll help you later on when it gets cooler out and they are more on the move at dawn or dusk. Plus, not sure if your state has baiting laws or not, in Missouri we do, but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the trophy rock. it's about $15 at your local farm and home store or hunting store. Well worth it-- your bucks will come to it, guaranteed!
 
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I have the exact same problem with a nice 4 y/o 10 point and a HUGE 3 1/2 9 point. They only come out in the dark. It's been my experience that as the weather gets cooler, the deer move more. During the hot summer months, the only thing you'll see out hardly is does during daylight. Those big bucks are like us BIG people, we like the air conditioning when it's HOT out side. My suggestion would be to continue to watch them and take notice to which way the deer are traveling. are they coming from the right or left of your cam? That'll help you later on when it gets cooler out and they are more on the move at dawn or dusk. Plus, not sure if your state has baiting laws or not, in Missouri we do, but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the trophy rock. it's about $15 at your local farm and home store or hunting store. Well worth it-- your bucks will come to it, guaranteed!
what? were they born 6 months apart? check your state laws before baiting with trophy rock.
 
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Most likely just keep track of them on the trail cam and hit them during the rut. Watch for the doe travel routes and fall feeding areas that does use and set up for the bucks. The rut is about the only time a smart nocturnal buck may show himself in daylight hours and sometimes they never are seen! Also, it doesn't take much to register and become a member here.
i agree.

another thing you can do, and its pretty radical, is get into his very core are long before daylight like 2:30 3:00am and wait him out. they may be nocturnal but they will move around in their bed room during the day if only 10 yards or less. you do risk blowing them right out of the neighborhood so what hm said is safer but not the only thing you can do. register and let us know how it goes.
 

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baiting laws where I live are that you can't bait deer with grain or grain licks, or anything that is not grown with the exception of salt licks or mineral licks. you can use smell attractants though. you can use ALL these baits if you are not hunting the deer. if you use baits, they have to be removed 10 days prior to the season starting. I use the baits to draw deer to my cameras so I know what to look for when the season begins.
 
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so you can use mineral stations? thats a good thing, good for the deer's health and therefore the herds'.
 

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I have the exact same problem with a nice 4 y/o 10 point and a HUGE 3 1/2 9 point. They only come out in the dark. It's been my experience that as the weather gets cooler, the deer move more. During the hot summer months, the only thing you'll see out hardly is does during daylight. Those big bucks are like us BIG people, we like the air conditioning when it's HOT out side. My suggestion would be to continue to watch them and take notice to which way the deer are traveling. are they coming from the right or left of your cam? That'll help you later on when it gets cooler out and they are more on the move at dawn or dusk. Plus, not sure if your state has baiting laws or not, in Missouri we do, but I HIGHLY RECOMMEND the trophy rock. it's about $15 at your local farm and home store or hunting store. Well worth it-- your bucks will come to it, guaranteed!
They may come to the trophy rock, but they will be doing it during the night. putting out any food, licks or any other type of attractant will not change the hours of visitation. You might consider a mock scrape with a scrape dripper to get them to appear during the daylight hours when the pre rut starts.
 

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this may sound stupid, but why not get a feeder? if you get it out early enough, you can take it out 10 days before season, and be fine. we tested that theory out on one of our hunting spots, and the herd of about 15 deer kept coming back until about day 17, and they still traveled through the property. with a feeder, YOU decide what time it goes off and feeds them. that will get the deer used to feeding at certain times! breakfast, and dinner. we set ours for 7AM and 5PM. just after light, and just before dusk. about an hour each way, and feed for 20 minutes. most of the land we hunt we use to keep the deer herds fed. with all kinds of building, construction, etc., all of the deer in our area either come towards our property, or go towards a main road between where we are, and a town about 25 miles away. a buddy of mine is a fire fighter, and in the last 6 months, 37 car accidents, and 3 deaths caused by deer running across the road. Thus, my county doesnt have a limit on doe's. good luck man and keep us updated!
 

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no they're not 6 months apart... I was looking at my pics while typing and the dates are 6 months off... the deer are not 6 months apart. they are the same age. I told you guys, my fingers sometimes go faster than my brain!
Predator: Yeah that's the problem i have is they come to it but at night. I was just letting people know what I use to see the bucks on the property i hunt. I was talking about the scents to use during the season.
Ronn- Yeah in Mid-MO you can use whatever you want, but if you are planning on bow hunting on sept 15, by sept 5 you have to have ALL your bait out, EXCEPT for mineral licks and food plots. Plus you can use scents as well (aka buck bomb, doe in estrous, etc...) Also, we definately can't use accorn rage or any other attractant either. Which I think is a good thing. I see alot of those guys on TV use that and shoot a huge buck over the top of a pile of that stuff, and to me it's just not fair.
My opinion only.
Anyone else enjoy posting and visiting w/other hunters as much as me?
 
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yea no i hate talking hunting. grin

minerals are a good thing.

baiting/food to me is whatever either way. we've had so good threads dealing with baiting. some like you think its cheating. others like me think its no different than food plots, bean fields, orchards, water tanks in the dry country, or anything else put there by man that deer are attracted to.
 

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I don't think it's cheating... i just don't think it's fully fair. Just like the turnip beds i've planted... obviously so that they will attract deer. My problem is that two of the neighbors do food plots, so I have to draw the deer to my hunting spot somehow. I do have water.. which the neighbors do not have. I'm hoping turnips and H20 are just what the deer are ordering this fall!
To be quite honest... i would probably bait with anything if MO legalized it.
 
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I don't think it's cheating... i just don't think it's fully fair. Just like the turnip beds i've planted... obviously so that they will attract deer. My problem is that two of the neighbors do food plots, so I have to draw the deer to my hunting spot somehow. I do have water.. which the neighbors do not have. I'm hoping turnips and H20 are just what the deer are ordering this fall!
To be quite honest... i would probably bait with anything if MO legalized it.
i hear ya .
 

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We've had our share of discussions regarding baiting, plots, piles, blocks ect. I agree if a human planted it, piled it, grew it and shoots over it it's baiting. I usually hunt 1/2 mile from my plots but one could argue that somehow the bucks are on trails used by does going to/from the plots. Its hard to win a discussion when its not a natural food source. This isn't a slam on baiting, just calling it what it is. Also, probably best not to continue the never ending issue. :crybaby:
 
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We've had our share of discussions regarding baiting, plots, piles, blocks ect. I agree if a human planted it, piled it, grew it and shoots over it it's baiting. I usually hunt 1/2 mile from my plots but one could argue that somehow the bucks are on trails used by does going to/from the plots. Its hard to win a discussion when its not a natural food source. This isn't a slam on baiting, just calling it what it is. Also, probably best not to continue the never ending issue. :crybaby:
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i dont know if this has been brought up or not but if you can find or know where he lives you can either put a stand farther or closer to that point but not so close as to blow the chance . there is a good chance that he doesnt start moving at dark but by the time he is at your stand it is dark. so if you move accordingly you can change when you see him without changing when he moves.
 
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