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#3022814 - 11/08/12 08:36 AM Chasing in Shelby County
4 Point

Registered: 12/23/09
Posts: 208
Loc: Arlington, TN

I just witnesed the largest buck I have seen this year both on camera or in person chasing a big group of does off the side of the highway. He was scattering them everywhere. Our peak of the rut is not usually until after Thanksgiving. Is this normal activity this far out?

Edited by jbow (11/08/12 08:52 AM)

#3022830 - 11/08/12 08:43 AM Re: Chasing in Shelby County [Re: jbow]
12 Point

Registered: 12/08/04
Posts: 5100
Loc: Middle Tennessee

Cool. I have heard some say that they are seeing activity a little earlier this year for some reason. In middle TN it seems about the same for where I hunt
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#3022977 - 11/08/12 09:57 AM Re: Chasing in Shelby County [Re: Dbllunger]
12 Point

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 5465
Loc: Arlington, TN

Good deal. I saw a really nice 8pt yesterday keeping tabs on a doe in Arlington.
#3023005 - 11/08/12 10:11 AM Re: Chasing in Shelby County [Re: Phil1979]
4 Point

Registered: 11/26/08
Posts: 154
Loc: shelby, tn

We've seen more bucks during the day the last week. Finally seeing fresh scraps and rubs but not a ton. I think it's that time of year that our bucks are starting to get in the mood even though the does aren't. Thanksgiving will be the right time as it is every year.
#3023017 - 11/08/12 10:20 AM Re: Chasing in Shelby County [Re: Artemas]
Bottom Hunter
16 Point

Registered: 12/29/06
Posts: 16322
Loc: Hatchie Bottoms

Haywood as well......good luck. Increased the last two days....
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#3023314 - 11/08/12 01:58 PM Re: Chasing in Shelby County [Re: Bottom Hunter]
4 Point

Registered: 12/23/09
Posts: 208
Loc: Arlington, TN

Usually between the 2nd weekend of MZ and the first of Dec is my best days in the woods.
#3023393 - 11/08/12 02:59 PM Re: Chasing in Shelby County [Re: jbow]
10 Point

Registered: 08/22/06
Posts: 2701
Loc: Bartlett, TN

I saw a pretty nice buck on some Belz property at mid-day today (12:45 PM) that was out in the middle of a big field beside a busy road with his nose to the ground, trotting slowly across.

It's the first half decent buck I've seen.

I agree - it seems like the buck movement is picking up earlier. I'd guess that it's this (relatively) consistent cool weather we are having. OF COURSE it's supposed to warm up more by this weekend...

I put most of my vacation days into the last week of November and first week of December based on last year's activity, but now I'm thinking that those may be a little late!
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#3023521 - 11/08/12 04:30 PM Re: Chasing in Shelby County [Re: Crosshairy]
4 Point

Registered: 08/24/09
Posts: 102
Loc: West Tennessee, USA

I must be sitting on the wrong side of Haywood County -- nothing.
#3034965 - 11/15/12 03:44 PM Re: Chasing in Shelby County [Re: JJ3]

Registered: 10/10/09
Posts: 23
Loc: Arlington

Since it has been a whole I figured I would give this thread a little bump. Around the 4 of Nov I was seeing a lot of small bucks on their feet which made me think we we getting close. Over the last week or so there hasn't been much else to report. Still seeing a lot of small bucks but they aren't just crazy yet. Any other observations?
#3035417 - 11/15/12 07:57 PM Re: Chasing in Shelby County [Re: BuckMerker]
4 Point

Registered: 10/19/11
Posts: 334
Loc: West Tennessee

Saw a definate mature shooter on the way home from work today, pulled over and glassed it. Had his head down running from one side of a 2 acre field to another. Didn't see any other deer in the field but he was definately smelling something. In Shelby Co.
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