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#3061144 - 12/03/12 11:52 AM rut over in middle TN counties?
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is the rut over in middle tennessee counties? if so when will the second rut begin
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#3061161 - 12/03/12 12:07 PM Re: rut over in middle TN counties? [Re: ]
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Rut is just about completely over in my area (western Humphreys County). We have no second rut.
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#3061172 - 12/03/12 12:13 PM Re: rut over in middle TN counties? [Re: BSK]
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what is the best way to hunt bucks after the rut is over in your area then?
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#3061173 - 12/03/12 12:13 PM Re: rut over in middle TN counties? [Re: BSK]
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seems like it is over in western maury county, probably is over in williamson too because it was best during ML season, not sure about eastern maury county as I haven't seen any action there and only hunted twice there lately
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#3061180 - 12/03/12 12:16 PM Re: rut over in middle TN counties? [Re: catman529]
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not even close to over in lincoln.just now getting good
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#3061190 - 12/03/12 12:21 PM Re: rut over in middle TN counties? [Re: 2champish]
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 Originally Posted By: 2champish
what is the best way to hunt bucks after the rut is over in your area then?


I wish I knew (for killing older bucks). We never see or kill older bucks post-rut. Basically, if you haven't gotten one in November, you're SOL on my place.
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#3061295 - 12/03/12 01:47 PM Re: rut over in middle TN counties? [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
Rut is just about completely over in my area (western Humphreys County). We have no second rut.
so your saying all the does got bred in their first cycle if thats the case you have way more bucks than does.
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#3061315 - 12/03/12 02:00 PM Re: rut over in middle TN counties? [Re: knightrider]
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I would say it is over in Rutherford and most of Wilson. Generally we do get a 2nd rut but if you blink you may miss it.

big bucks post rut are hard. I would try to figure out where he is bedding, and with a favorable wind hunt just outside that area.
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#3061323 - 12/03/12 02:02 PM Re: rut over in middle TN counties? [Re: knightrider]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
Rut is just about completely over in my area (western Humphreys County). We have no second rut.
so your saying all the does got bred in their first cycle if thats the case you have way more bucks than does.


Even in areas with more does than bucks, the vast majority of does get bred their first cycle. From what I have seen biologically, the "2nd rut" is more of a chemically induced "false" rut than a real rut, in that although bucks show a distinct peak in chasing about a month after the peak of breeding, few actual conceptions result.

But yes, locally we have about 0.8 does per buck, and the sex ratio has been that way (very locally) for a couple of years.
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#3061387 - 12/03/12 02:41 PM Re: rut over in middle TN counties? [Re: 2champish]
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 Originally Posted By: 2champish
what is the best way to hunt bucks after the rut is over in your area then?


Since deer don't smoke, they crave food instead. In an intense rut, bucks can lose up to 30% of their body weight. When it is over, they are hungry. Hunt food sources. Unfortunately, by the time the rut is over, many of the mature bucks are nocturnal. This is when good woodland food sources are the most productive.
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