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#3042339 - 11/20/12 03:14 PM shooting does during the rut.....
10 Point

Registered: 10/10/04
Posts: 3628
Loc: va beach

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?
#3042354 - 11/20/12 03:33 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: pass-thru]
Cancer Free
16 Point

Registered: 07/29/04
Posts: 16231
Loc: At the TNDeer shirt factory %^...

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 -

What's your PSA #? Don't know? You should, do it.

Semper Par !

#3042356 - 11/20/12 03:33 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: pass-thru]
16 Point

Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 17592
Loc: Franklin TN

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.

#3042386 - 11/20/12 04:01 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: catman529]
4 Point

Registered: 11/07/08
Posts: 238
Loc: Hickman/Nashville

Wait until after rut.
#3042388 - 11/20/12 04:04 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: Appleman]
AT Hiker
6 Point

Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 976
Loc: Clarksville, Tennessee

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!

In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.
-John Muir

#3042394 - 11/20/12 04:13 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: AT Hiker]
10 Point

Registered: 12/28/09
Posts: 3283
Loc: Giles Co. Tn

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.
Do you know Jesus as your Savior?don't wait until its too late.You are only one heartbeat away from eternity. You never know when it will be your last. Repent and trust the Lord today as your Savior!

#3042439 - 11/20/12 04:54 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: pressfit]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

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.
"Know where you stand, and stand there" --Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan

"There is no reasoning someone out of a position he has not reasoned himself into." --Clive James

#3042460 - 11/20/12 05:13 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: BSK]
16 Point

Registered: 01/22/06
Posts: 15381
Loc: Lewisburg

never shoot a doe during the rut
"I will predator hunt for food "

#3042500 - 11/20/12 05:35 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: redblood]
10 Point

Registered: 10/10/04
Posts: 3628
Loc: va beach

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?

#3042572 - 11/20/12 06:20 PM Re: shooting does during the rut..... [Re: pass-thru]
10 Point

Registered: 09/30/09
Posts: 3395
Loc: Maury County, TN

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.
It's better to be smarter than you look...than to look smarter than you are.

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