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#3042339 - 11/20/12 03:14 PM shooting does during the rut.....
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Can't wait to get back out Thurs-Sat. I have one specific very large buck on my mind. I usually shoot every doe I get the chance. Better to let them walk now or does it matter? How early before shooting light do you get to your stand?
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#3042354 - 11/20/12 03:33 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: pass-thru]
ferg
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I can tell you from recent (Sat) experience - let her walk - I took a doe at about 0620 and at 0621 a real nice 8 followed her down the same trail.

I had a shot at him, but missed - \:\( I should have waited -

I'm in at least 30 minutes prior to light, but I have a short walk and don't transit a lot of woods - it I was crossing a long way I'd get in sooner -

ferg....
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#3042356 - 11/20/12 03:33 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: pass-thru]
catman529
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I am now more hesitant to shoot one than I was I the early season however there is one old, smart doe I need to kill or I feel she will keep busting me and ruin hunts.
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#3042386 - 11/20/12 04:01 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: catman529]
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Wait until after rut.
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#3042388 - 11/20/12 04:04 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: Appleman]
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Do what makes you happy, I personally wait till December mainly because we have cooler weather so I can let them hang overnight and by that time of year my trigger finger gets really itchy!
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#3042394 - 11/20/12 04:13 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: AT Hiker]
pressfit
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Blast away.. I shot a doe Saturday morning.
Had a pretty big 6 point following her..probably ten yards behind..
When I shot..she dropped and he came up to her and i though he was going to try and breed her..darnest thing i have seen in a while.
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#3042439 - 11/20/12 04:54 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: pressfit]
BSK
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It isn't the killing of the doe that matters. It is human intrusion of retrieving her that can be a problem. Just keep the downed deer retrieval activity to a minimum.
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#3042460 - 11/20/12 05:13 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: BSK]
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never shoot a doe during the rut
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#3042500 - 11/20/12 05:35 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: redblood]
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I posted this pic once before, so please forgive, but here's the buck:



I think he may have a few years on him. I know he is on my farm year round. However I fear that he is bedding in a 14 year old 150 acre cutover across the road. I have killed a few mature bucks but usually hunt based on location, not with a particualr deer in mind. This one I think may be worth holding out for.

BSK, can dragging a doe out act as a cover scent for your tracks?

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#3042572 - 11/20/12 06:20 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: pass-thru]
BigD_625
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If you shoot one out from in front of him, there's a good chance he'll go the other way. There's a slight chance that he'll hang around. They're all different.
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#3042584 - 11/20/12 06:27 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: BigD_625]
Mike Belt
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I have killed hot does and more times than not had a buck that was right on her heels take off only to come right back to her where she lay on the ground. I have had it work the other way around as well. Many times a buck will fall in on a hot doe's trail and won't show up for several minutes after you've had the opportunity to shoot her. The question is....can you tell a hot doe when you see one that's alone or even with other does ?
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#3042887 - 11/20/12 09:23 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: BigD_625]
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choot em!
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#3043098 - 11/21/12 05:27 AM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: BigD_625]
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Wouldnt reducing the does in estrous by killing them affect bucks seen in an area?
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#3043223 - 11/21/12 07:23 AM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: BigD_625]
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I am waiting until mid-December. Of course then I probablly won't see any does...

Good luck to all.
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#3043240 - 11/21/12 07:30 AM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: UTGrad]
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 Originally Posted By: UTGrad
Wouldnt reducing the does in estrous by killing them affect bucks seen in an area?


The fewer does in estrus at one time, the more competition between bucks for those few estrus does. The more competition between bucks, the more they have to move during daylight.
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#3043241 - 11/21/12 07:32 AM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: UTGrad
Wouldnt reducing the does in estrous by killing them affect bucks seen in an area?


The fewer does in estrus at one time, the more competition between bucks for those few estrus does. The more competition between bucks, the more they have to move during daylight.
yup.
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