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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby Andy S. » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:50 pm

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mdjuh42 wrote:All depends where youre hunting ...... Northern middle Tennessee is at prime chase phase, other parts of the state may be a little behind.
Ditto. SW TN is usually 10-14 days behind northern middle TN.


Andy, I hunt in Hickory Withe. I haven't seen any mature buck rut activity yet. Just the young ones scraping and thrashing every tree they can get on. I think you are right that we are a little ways out. Is this what you are seeing as well?
Generally speaking yes. I did luck into a mature buck sighting this past weekend at last light, but generally speaking, the last week of November and first week of December are prime in SW TN, assuming we have good weather to increase daylight movement. Second week of December can be great to kill a big mature buck too in SW TN. With that said, a buddy had a mature buck on camera this morning at 7:45 slipping around in the drizzle as the temps dropped, very close to Grand Junction, TN.
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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby TDW05 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:51 pm

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mdjuh42 wrote:All depends where youre hunting at spurhunter. Northern middle Tennessee is at prime chase phase, other parts of the state may be a little behind. Most of the state's herd will be bred over the next two week period with exceptions to a few religions.
I'm in Fayette county. SW Tennessee. I have a big, mature buck coming out during daylight hours pretty regular, but I've been greedy and working too much. I know I'm hunting Saturday Sunday Monday coming up. Still debating on the overtime. It's hard to turn down double time!

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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby Spurhunter » Thu Nov 07, 2019 4:53 pm

TDW05 wrote:Just take the double bubble spur, and drop a pin where your stand is at and I’ll hunt it for you! That way I can tell you if you missed anything or not! :poke: :tu: jk lol


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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby Spurhunter » Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:02 pm

Andy S. wrote:generally speaking, the last week of November and first week of December are prime in SW TN


My 2 biggest bucks were killed on Nov 27th and Nov 30th, so I agree with you.
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Annual “rut report” thread

Postby UTGrad » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:39 pm

I’ve seen an uptick in roadkill in Williamson County. Also I’m starting to see new bucks pop up on trail cameras. My observations are the bucks are starting to split up, roam larger tracts of land and get more competitive. I haven’t seen a hot doe get chased yet. Also in Franklin I’m able to watch several mature does almost daily and I’ve yet to see a buck show up to harass them.

It’s certainly close and now is the time to start sitting on stand as long as one can stand it.


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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby catman529 » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:11 pm

Grunted in a 3.5 year old 8 point this evening. Didn’t get a shot but had him at 25 yards. When I first saw him I believe he was cruising the downwind side of doe bedding. Would have been my best public land deer


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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby megalomaniac » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:39 pm

I've had 2 new bucks show up on my cell cam (one 3.5, the other 2.5). They are searching hard right now.

Try to find does that have lost their fawns. They usually come into estrus earlier than the does with fawns. Hunt the does and this week should be great in middle TN

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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby Racknquack » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:23 am

Seen three small bucks this morning in Bradley County. All three came through the oaks nose down. Had my first scrapes show up this week.
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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby gunrunner » Fri Nov 08, 2019 8:46 am

I just saw a big mature buck walking head down just south of Edwin Warner park in Nashville.They are just about to bust loose.I did not see the doe,but this guy was hot on the trail.
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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby TraumaSlave » Fri Nov 08, 2019 10:19 am

Chasing is on in Monroe county. I have seen X2 8s, X2 4s, and a 12" 2 this morning. All chasing the 3 different does I saw. Too bad they were either too close to get scoped or too far out for a shot.
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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby mdjuh42 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 2:37 pm

Total of 5 bucks this morning, ranging from 4 points to 8, cruising and chasing. Did hear plenty of grunts in the thick stuff through out the morning. wilson county.
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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby tke466 » Fri Nov 08, 2019 3:33 pm

Got to hunt 3 days last weekend... in Sumner. No does in heat. Bucks are chasing but as the does get too far away they stop pursuing. Found a few rubs and scrapes. My cameras are showing a huge jump in buck activity so they are cruising. I had 5 bucks come by the stand on Sunday AM, some shadowing each other. One did not like I grunted at him... one came back to me when I grunted and wheezed. I started seeing nose down bucks starting around Oct 22nd. Next weeks cold is going to provide some excellent rut hunting in Sumner County.
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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby Bone Collector » Fri Nov 08, 2019 6:41 pm

mdjuh42 wrote:Big boys are up in Wilson county. Witnessed two mature deer chasing, one yesterday afternoon and one this morning before i couldnt take the rain anymore. ITS HERE!



Where about in Lebanon? Will be hunting off exit 239 (Watertown) Sunday AM.
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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby poorhunter » Fri Nov 08, 2019 11:06 pm

Saw a midsized 8 chasing a doe on the way home from work this evening right at twilight. SW Hickman County
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Annual “rut report” thread

Postby Bone Collector » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:50 am

Rutherford county.

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Brother missed a good buck this morning. He’s not happy. Had another one in front of him but it was too dark.

He left. I’m at the other side of the property watching squirrels....
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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby Bgoodman30 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:20 pm

Kind of weak activity compared to this weekend last year... Small bucks pushing and some cruising but don’t think any does in yet...?


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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby catman529 » Sun Nov 10, 2019 8:53 pm

Shot a 2.5yo 8 point this evening checking the downwind side of a bedding area and working a scrape


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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby SC Manimal » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:03 pm

I jumped a big fella and his lady friend today about 1:15. They were piled up in a thicket drinking wine and listening to Barry Manilow. Sadly I did not get a shot (Rhea Co.).
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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby fairchaser » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:16 pm

Counted 75-100 dead deer on the highway from Missouri to Iowa. The rut must be kicking up North big time.
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Re: Annual “rut report” thread

Postby Lost Lake » Sun Nov 10, 2019 11:28 pm

Henry County. Saw nine different bucks this weekend, most were 1.5 year olds, with one nice 3.5. All were cruising and hitting scrapes. A couple of the young ones were pestering does.

Another couple of weeks is usually peak there.
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