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#3050037 - 11/26/12 04:03 PM Re: Fayette County Rut [Re: BigAl]
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 Originally Posted By: BigAl
I'm fortunate that I live in Fayette County and get to witness deer activity closeup in my backyard, so to speak, even at night. The last 5 days I've seen at least 6 shooter bucks in my backyard foodplot. All seem to be either tending or pestering does. They did stop to eat occasionally when the does were feeding also. One large buck actually chased 17 deer out of the food plot, and it appeared it was just out of meanness, as he didn't seem to be particularly interested in any one doe. I have floodlights on the plot, and its rare to see a shooter in the plot. So something has changed to see so many in a short time-frame. I actually saw 3 different shooters last night in a 2 hr stretch.


Great info BigAl! Your report is firing me up for my Thur, Fri, Sat hunts!

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#3050085 - 11/26/12 04:29 PM Re: Fayette County Rut [Re: BigAl]
Andy S.
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 Originally Posted By: BigAl
I actually saw 3 different shooters last night in a 2 hr stretch.
Literally at night after legal shooting hours? What time? Reason I ask is my trail cams are picking some "shooters" up at night, but not so much during the daylight. Some, but nothing like at night. Thanks for the clarification.
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#3050307 - 11/26/12 06:38 PM Re: Fayette County Rut [Re: Andy S.]
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We havent seen any mature bucks cruising yet in somerville
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#3050320 - 11/26/12 06:43 PM Re: Fayette County Rut [Re: jlineman]
Artemas
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Still nothing 3.5+ at our places in rossville. Couple 2.5's. Heard some big one were running around at night. Hopefully this cold upcoming morning temps will get them moving. Some fresh rubs found today but only small scrapes. Fingers crossed as I'm hunting the next 3 days.
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#3050401 - 11/26/12 07:12 PM Re: Fayette County Rut [Re: Artemas]
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I'm a several miles east of you folks in Fayette county but the last several days have seen quite a lot of chasing, and pestering by young bucks. They're still rubbing, working scrapes, and whipping branches (almost out of sheer frustration) so that's some of what makes me think it hasn't busted wide open just yet.

On the other hand, have heard of a few good bucks hit the ground here and there that were running does so feel we're darn close.

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#3050879 - 11/27/12 03:36 AM Re: Fayette County Rut [Re: Boll Weevil]
Mike Belt
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I've had big bucks after does a couple of times around the Hardeman/Fayette County lines. I believe the first handful of does is entering estrous now. Several of them I've glassed have hocks that are beginning to darken. I'm still finding fresh scrapes though and watching bucks work them so I don't think the rut is really "the rut" yet. By this weekend and into next week everyone should be seeing some actin provided day time temps don't get crazy.
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#3051150 - 11/27/12 08:46 AM Re: Fayette County Rut [Re: Andy S.]
BigAl
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 Originally Posted By: Andy S.
 Originally Posted By: BigAl
I actually saw 3 different shooters last night in a 2 hr stretch.
Literally at night after legal shooting hours? What time? Reason I ask is my trail cams are picking some "shooters" up at night, but not so much during the daylight. Some, but nothing like at night. Thanks for the clarification.

I'm talking about at night. I don't have trail cameras, but I do have a foodplot withing 10 yards of my backdoor. While I'm up at night, I keep the backyard floodlights on and can see if deer come into the plot. We mostly get does. This time of year, the number of does increases. The buck sightings during daylight hours are rare. Even though I have only 5 acres, I'm surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of acres of undeveloped land.
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#3051158 - 11/27/12 08:51 AM Re: Fayette County Rut [Re: BigAl]
BigAl
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I should add that during this time of year I'm rarely home during daylight hours. During the week I'm at work and on the weekends I'm hunting, so I have no idea what comes around during the day. I have 2 trailcams and neither of them work worth a crap. I've gotten frustrated and have given up on them. The pic below was taken by my wife when I was out hunting on Saturday. Probably the smallest of the bucks that came by this weekend.

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#3055410 - 11/29/12 04:29 PM Re: Fayette County Rut [Re: jlineman]
Artemas
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Was out mon-wed. Saw several does and a spike and 8pt both Monday and tuesday. Wed I decided to hunt til 2 since I couldn't evening hunt. Saw spike and 4pt with nose to the ground. 8pt came by casually walking through but not checking. At 10:50 had my first real mature deer show up. Was a 7pt and he wasn't checking either and won't be checking since I laid him down. Probably the oldest deer I've every killed... Post pics later
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#3055460 - 11/29/12 04:53 PM Re: Fayette County Rut [Re: Artemas]
W.Seay
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Small bucks chasing a lone doe today, she wanted nothing to do with them. She was blowing at them during the chase.
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