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I have one set up within 25 yards of my climber. Last Saturday morning, 2 bucks - a small rack 6 with a spike following came through and went to the scrape. The little spike ran off about 25 yards like a bat out of hell when he sniffed the scrape juice... The 6 stayed in there and was making noise (scratching and moving brush) then the spike came back in. These two bachelor bucks then started play fighting and rubbing horns. It was a great hunting experience. On Monday morning the spike came in alone within 10 yards this time and for 45 minutes hung out eating Maple leaves. Im a crossbow hunter and am holding out for the pre-rut to start up when hopefully I'll catch that big guy I caught on my camera last season.

I will post the pix when I get home...
 

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Its awesome when those new toys work out for you. A good hunt just being able to see them spar a little bit.

Good luck with the big boy. I hope he provides you with a broad side clear shot at 19 yards!
 

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where are you, geographically speaking. I have a couple drippers I have been holding off setting up because I don't want to be too early.
 

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seems like this time of year deer are somewhat curious, but i think in the back of their minds they know that the "predators" are coming. I try to use only natural scents, doe pee, buck pee this time of year. now when the rut starts, i'll use an estrous scent. I have, however, seen many people be successful w/the drippers. Good luck to you!
 

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Yup don't have muck luck w/ that stuff here either I just use scent killer & that is about it
 

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I'm in Virginia and yes it is a couple weeks early before they start up hot and heavy. I was trying to jump start some activity and have a little I guess. They should turn on by the next full moon and start marking territory I guessing. Here is the buck from last year. Behind my house...


 

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I have read where those scent drippers shut off at night when the temperature drops. What happens on warm nights, the buck scent checks several times at night finds nothing to track and leaves the area. I prefer the wick pullouts that you can seal them up at night, estrus scents do work, I've been using them from the 70's with good success during the archery rut period. We arrive for a few days of heavy prerut and finish with full rut activities happening. It's a great time to be archery hunting,
 

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I have read where those scent drippers shut off at night when the temperature drops. What happens on warm nights, the buck scent checks several times at night finds nothing to track and leaves the area. QUOTE]

Basically the same thing that happens when you put it out and it works as intended, he will keep coming back at different times to intercept the receptive doe. we don't have too many days during the pre rut/ rut that the nights are warmer than the day.
 

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Could be the same buck from last year... He is under my mock scrape with the scent dripper. Just 15 yards from climber. These were taken Oct 18 at 2 AM. The little buck (picture Oct 12 1AM) is the one I see just about every hunt now in the morning. I had him in the xbow scope twice inside 15 yards (just for good practice of technique, movement, etc..) on Saturday. I hope I can get the big un during pre-rut.






 

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Nice buck in the first photo. With the rut coming up, hopefully bucks will show themselves in daylight hours. Right now the report from PA is all deer are showing a nocturnal habit that wasn't seen just 5 years ago. They are learning.
 

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Im putting one of them drippers out tomorrow. I have a lot of night activity hoping this gets em moving during shooting hours. I have buddies that swear by em say there bucks been coming out in light for 2 weeks. Hmmm not sure but Ill find out and post it up
That looks like the same buck to me
 

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I'm heading to my club in Buckingham, Va on Thursday night. Crossbow hunt on Friday and Muzzy on Saturday. I won't disturb the "house" buck until Nov 3 and 4 (evening hunt) and again on Nov 6 all day ....

I may do a Buck Bomb (Dominant Buck) on the 3rd and Buck Bomb (Estrus) on the 6th if the woods "feel" right for activity.
 

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It's supposed to be a nice weekend to hunt here in MO. Temps are supposed to drop down to freezing Thurs night! FINALLY!!!!!!!! Usually we have a freeze before now...
Did anyone else in the U.S. see the moon last night (10/26/10)???? WOW, very beautiful, and BIG. Looked like a orange fireball heading towards earth!
 

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I got a nice doe on friday from my ladder stand with my Tenpoint Titan HLX crossbow. The NAP Spitfire expandable sounded like a fastball hitting a catchers mitt. The shot was 20 yds straight through lungs. Exit wound was just devastating. A diamond looking cut 3in diameter. Tomorrow afternoon I'm going after the big one behind house. Here is a new young buck that has showed up. If you look at the very top of picture you can see my scrape dripper above his antlers. I'll let him walk until the next year or two.. :thumbup:

 
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