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Early rutting Action????

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sep0667

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I went after work yesterday and saw some 1.5 year olds heads down bumping some does out eating and then clicking their heads together. It was amussing. I larger out, maybe 120", was out there too and he just kept eating, didn't care.
 

LYON

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I stopped paying attention to the "early rut" talk a couple years ago. Seems like every year you'll hear at least one person say how it's on in about the 2nd or 3rd week of October. No way! There may be an early doe that a buck or two is nudging, but usually the "rutting" behavior that I see that early on is coming from 1.5 year old bucks that are getting excited and they don't know why and so they just start running around like a teenage boy. I wouldn't get too worked up about it. The rut will hit nearly the same as it does every other year.
 

Trapshooter1

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Thanks for the responses guys, last year I grunted a mature buck in on Oct 26, he run another buck off and was tending a group of doe s and I sent him off the deep end. So I was just wonder what everyone else is seeing. On the my sits so far just doe s. That's about it.
 

Bowtech bandit

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Shot a nice mature buck Thursday night. Was following 2 does and walking away. Heard him grunt once. Grunted at him but nothing, grabbed the rattling antlers and rattled him in. 25 yards with .45 cal muzzy. Live weight probably pushing 280-300. I weight 275 and hardly could budge him.
 
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LYON

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Bowtech bandit said:
Shot a nice mature buck Thursday night. Was following 2 does and walking away. Heard him grunt once. Grunted at him but nothing, grabbed the rattling antlers and rattled him in. 25 yards with .45 cal muzzy. Live weight probably pushing 280-300. I weight 275 and hardly could budge him.

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soil

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LYON said:
I stopped paying attention to the "early rut" talk a couple years ago. Seems like every year you'll hear at least one person say how it's on in about the 2nd or 3rd week of October. No way! There may be an early doe that a buck or two is nudging, but usually the "rutting" behavior that I see that early on is coming from 1.5 year old bucks that are getting excited and they don't know why and so they just start running around like a teenage boy. I wouldn't get too worked up about it. The rut will hit nearly the same as it does every other year.

I completely agree with this.
 
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meyeri

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I had 5 bucks, one a mature 140's class 8, the rest 100-120 inch 3 yr olds all within 50 yds of me pushing a doe. I thought I was gonna see an all out battle, but the 120" ten kept his distance from the mature buck. There are several does that are real close, so the cold weather snap got the bucks moving. Scraping and rubbing exploded this week as well.
 
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