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#854546 - 08/05/08 03:32 PM Re: Rut during bow season [Re: Radar]
W.Seay
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Thanksgiving week is by far the best time to be in the woods for all three of the fayette county properties that I hunt!
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#855397 - 08/06/08 03:54 AM Re: Rut during bow season [Re: W.Seay]
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Thanksgiving week here and around my Counties. Rutherford, Bedford, Wilson, Cannon, and Williamson. The peak of the rut.
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#855529 - 08/06/08 06:36 AM Re: Rut during bow season [Re: Game Eye]
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I hunt with a bow during the entire rut .
I like the pre-rut period , not peak of the rut when they are chasing does . Bucks are easier to pattern in the pre rut phase when they are making scrapes and rublines . They can be difficult to get close to with a bow when they are chasing does in the next county .
Thanksgiving is great for gun hunting because bucks are chasing does all over , but this thread was about the best time to bow hunt .
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#856560 - 08/06/08 04:34 PM Re: Rut during bow season [Re: Radar]
BowGuy84
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could be...just depends on when the first good cold snap comes in Nov. There is also the false rut in Oct. that I have always seen good movement during. this is traditionally when I go to my best buck stands for the first time.
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#857050 - 08/06/08 09:37 PM Re: Rut during bow season [Re: BowGuy84]
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Very likely could be the best 2 weeks on the calendar this year, especially for middle TN. Seems to be a tad later here in East TN. usually the first week of rifle is good here!
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#857065 - 08/06/08 09:49 PM Re: Rut during bow season [Re: Radar]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: Radar
I like the pre-rut period, not peak of the rut when they are chasing does. Bucks are easier to pattern in the pre rut phase when they are making scrapes and rublines. They can be difficult to get close to with a bow when they are chasing does . . . . .

I totally agree, Radar.
For bowhunting, there may be a great opportunity to actually kill an older buck in late pre-rut vs. the actual rut peak/chasing period.

OneShot, when I hunt in mid-November, I usually see more bucks than I do during muzzleloader. But many are flat-out running. Not uncommon to suddenly have a buck burst out of nowhere, running directly under you, but then be out of bow range before you can react and/or just not present an acceptable bowshot. It can be exciting, but not necessarily the best opportunity to take a particular buck with a bow.

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#857211 - 08/07/08 03:54 AM Re: Rut during bow season [Re: Radar]
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 Originally Posted By: Radar

I hunt with a bow during the entire rut .
I like the pre-rut period , not peak of the rut when they are chasing does . Bucks are easier to pattern in the pre rut phase when they are making scrapes and rublines . They can be difficult to get close to with a bow when they are chasing does in the next county .
Thanksgiving is great for gun hunting because bucks are chasing does all over , but this thread was about the best time to bow hunt .


Really, dang I must have misread the fellars original post. I thought he asked if bow season between mzl and rifle would be the heat of the rut? In my area no it is not... Yes the bucks will be cruising during this time of yr but not the heat of the rut.

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#857472 - 08/07/08 07:55 AM Re: Rut during bow season [Re: Wes Parrish]
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
 Originally Posted By: Radar
I like the pre-rut period, not peak of the rut when they are chasing does. Bucks are easier to pattern in the pre rut phase when they are making scrapes and rublines. They can be difficult to get close to with a bow when they are chasing does . . . . .

I totally agree, Radar.
For bowhunting, there may be a great opportunity to actually kill an older buck in late pre-rut vs. the actual rut peak/chasing period.

OneShot, when I hunt in mid-November, I usually see more bucks than I do during muzzleloader. But many are flat-out running. Not uncommon to suddenly have a buck burst out of nowhere, running directly under you, but then be out of bow range before you can react and/or just not present an acceptable bowshot. It can be exciting, but not necessarily the best opportunity to take a particular buck with a bow.


That's what I was getting at , Wes . Although I see allot of bucks during the peak of the rut , they are pre-occupied with chasing does and can be anywhere and moving quickly .
I see more solitary bucks during the pre-rut that are easier to pattern . Getting within bow range of a buck when he is going wide open after does can be frustrating . I have had better luck bowhunting before the peak of the rut .

I usually pattern the does during the peak of the rut and hope for the best .


Getting back to the original post , I would pick that time between Mz. and gun season over any other period of November for the above reasons , and the lack of hunting pressure during this time as well .
Most guys are getting ready for gun season , and have already put the bow up for the season . If you have the vacation time , get out there and enjoy it .
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#857505 - 08/07/08 08:11 AM Re: Rut during bow season [Re: Radar]
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 Originally Posted By: Radar
 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
 Originally Posted By: Radar
I like the pre-rut period, not peak of the rut when they are chasing does. Bucks are easier to pattern in the pre rut phase when they are making scrapes and rublines. They can be difficult to get close to with a bow when they are chasing does . . . . .

I totally agree, Radar.
For bowhunting, there may be a great opportunity to actually kill an older buck in late pre-rut vs. the actual rut peak/chasing period.

OneShot, when I hunt in mid-November, I usually see more bucks than I do during muzzleloader. But many are flat-out running. Not uncommon to suddenly have a buck burst out of nowhere, running directly under you, but then be out of bow range before you can react and/or just not present an acceptable bowshot. It can be exciting, but not necessarily the best opportunity to take a particular buck with a bow.


That's what I was getting at , Wes . Although I see allot of bucks during the peak of the rut , they are pre-occupied with chasing does and can be anywhere and moving quickly .
I see more solitary bucks during the pre-rut that are easier to pattern . Getting within bow range of a buck when he is going wide open after does can be frustrating . I have had better luck bowhunting before the peak of the rut .

I usually pattern the does during the peak of the rut and hope for the best .


Getting back to the original post , I would pick that time between Mz. and gun season over any other period of November for the above reasons , and the lack of hunting pressure during this time as well .
Most guys are getting ready for gun season , and have already put the bow up for the season . If you have the vacation time , get out there and enjoy it .


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SEEING HOW I DONT HUNT WITH A RIFLE ANYMORE
BOW STAYS OUT TILL FEBUARY
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