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#3347325 - 09/04/13 06:14 PM 10 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT MATURE BUCK MOVEMENT
8 POINTS OR BETTER
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Here is the link.

http://www.qdma.com/articles/10-things-we-know-about-mature-buck-movements
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#3347358 - 09/04/13 06:49 PM Re: 10 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT MATURE BUCK MOVEMENT [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
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Some very interesting stuff in there.
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#3347899 - 09/05/13 08:42 AM Re: 10 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT MATURE BUCK MOVEMENT [Re: smstone22]
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AWESOME article!

In the section on bucks responding to hunting pressure:

"They found that at 1 hunter per 250 acres, minimal effect could be seen in the way bucks move. However, at 1 hunter per 75 acres bucks responded by choosing thicker cover, they traveled less, and observation rates/hunter success decreased; and, once the season opened, it only took three days for bucks to change their behavior."

From assessing many years of trail-cam data from a variety of situations and locations, I've been saying for years that I can easily pick out the dates that significant hunting pressure begins on a monitored property. Bucks suddenly shift to far more nocturnal movement within 48 hours of the beginning of that hunting pressure. Nice to see the GPS collar data confirming that.
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#3347994 - 09/05/13 10:09 AM Re: 10 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT MATURE BUCK MOVEMENT [Re: BSK]
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Great article! Thanks for posting
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#3348154 - 09/05/13 12:06 PM Re: 10 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT MATURE BUCK MOVEMENT [Re: JCDEERMAN]
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I agree,less human pressure,more buck movement during the day,no doubt!
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#3348156 - 09/05/13 12:10 PM Re: 10 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT MATURE BUCK MOVEMENT [Re: Football Hunter]
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I agree 100%. But sometimes there is just no controlling it. For the people that just hunt a small property like myself, even If I choose not to go because it aint right, my neighbor will and it will hurt it regardless.
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#3348295 - 09/05/13 02:28 PM Re: 10 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT MATURE BUCK MOVEMENT [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
AWESOME article!

In the section on bucks responding to hunting pressure:

"They found that at 1 hunter per 250 acres, minimal effect could be seen in the way bucks move. However, at 1 hunter per 75 acres bucks responded by choosing thicker cover, they traveled less, and observation rates/hunter success decreased; and, once the season opened, it only took three days for bucks to change their behavior."

From assessing many years of trail-cam data from a variety of situations and locations, I've been saying for years that I can easily pick out the dates that significant hunting pressure begins on a monitored property. Bucks suddenly shift to far more nocturnal movement within 48 hours of the beginning of that hunting pressure. Nice to see the GPS collar data confirming that.


Very interesting. Are they saying deer can count now? Does that mean there is a hunter on every 75 acres at any one time? If you have a club like Ames with 1 member every 160 acres. But, at most on any day, there is only 1 hunter every 320 acres. In other words, not everyone hunts every day. Also, the deer are used to seeing people in the woods year round doing tick research etc. I wonder how much the deer are really affected by hunter behavior. May-be the article is saying that some hunting pressure is tolerated but when you have intense pressure the deer move to thicker cover. This could also be explained due to foliage drop at the same time. There seems to be little doubt that deer respond to pressure of all kinds. I know its difficult to see a doe after the bucks start chasing them. All deer seem to know when hunting season starts. Seems to be part of their DNA. All things equal, and they never are, I would prefer to hunt a property with less hunting pressure than more. But, its interesting they can put a number on it when there seems to be so many other variables.
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#3348320 - 09/05/13 02:53 PM Re: 10 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT MATURE BUCK MOVEMENT [Re: fairchaser]
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Told me exactly what 10 years of trail cams have told me. Some bucks stay in about a 100 acre or less area and some cover lots of ground.

Not shocking but the bucks I hunt that have bigger core areas get killed and the ones with small core areas don't.
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#3348323 - 09/05/13 02:55 PM Re: 10 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT MATURE BUCK MOVEMENT [Re: AlabamaSwamper]
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Great read! Thanks for posting!
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#3348359 - 09/05/13 03:31 PM Re: 10 THINGS WE KNOW ABOUT MATURE BUCK MOVEMENT [Re: fairchaser]
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 Originally Posted By: fairchaser
But, its interesting they can put a number on it when there seems to be so many other variables.


I seriously doubt they are suggesting hunter density is the ONLY factor. However, it is certainly a major factor. I also believe they are suggesting very low level hunting pressure (very low hunter density) has minimal impact on older buck movement, even if applied over a long period of time. But as hunter density increases, bucks react more strongly and more rapidly to it.

For years, I tracked hunting hours per acre, and I could really tell when it reached a given point on a property (generally, around 0.50 hunting hours per acre). However, as anyone would realize--how rapidly that hunting pressure is accumulated (hunter density) would certainly effect the results.
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