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I haven't seen many deer on this camera, much less bucks, much less bucks during the day. Would it be reasonable to assume that this guy was out in the middle of the day because he's looking for love? NW corner of 9A, Niagara county.

 

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8H and 8F: I'm seeing tons of new scrapes and rubs every time I go in the woods. Also seeing lots of chasing but just from 1-2 year olds. Still not seeing a ton of mature buck daylight movement but when I do they aren't paying much attention to does and are tearing up scrapes or trees. The one exception is i watched a giant buck tend a doe in a cut bean field a couple days ago. I watched them walk in from a couple hundred yards and they were never more than a few yards apart and he just bedded up and watched her feed right in the middle of the field. I'm hoping this cold front will help kick things into gear... afternoons have had better action for me but that should start to switch to mornings - or at least that's how it's gone historically. 

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8A. The bucks have been hounding the doe all morning here. Grunting, slobbering and chasing. Something clicked today. Must be a hot doe in the neighborhood.
Only bad part... they are moving to fast.

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Saw lots of chasing over the past couple of days, as well as a big guy tending a doe on a field edge (in 8A). It is tough to say the rut isn't happening based on one set of eyes...my buddy was 300 yards away from the circus, but didn't see a deer all morning. If the doe have disappeared from the fields, then they're hiding from the bucks and it's game on. That means now. 

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I did see my first rub in 8G this past Sunday morning but saw nothing moving.  I have to think there are "pockets" of rut activity popping up.  

I need more time in the woods

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Wyoming county   9H and 9N

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Save it for Saturday - Monday for me. Today and tomorrow should be crazy wind.


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It worked out for me on Saturday. For 3N id say it’s on. Buck activity has increased. I saw 3 bucks on 11/2. Dad seen bucks on 11/3 and 11/4. On my way out of woods dragging my buck on 11/2, i saw a line of rubs that were not there the week before. Dad has since found a few more new scrapes and rubs. My buck made a scrape before he hit the next scrape when I shot him.


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Hilltowns of 4H. The bucks were up and moving over the weekend. But the majority of doe are not ready yet. The bucks will come close to them, but the doe are not interested "YET"!! Rubs and scrapes are at their highest point, and seem to be everywhere. 

These next few days leading up to the 'magic' day of November 10th, and the few days after, will be the real deal! Get out as often, and for as long as you can!

With the colder, and clear weather coming, this years rutting action looks to just explode!! This will be the best time to catch a lovesick mature buck out in the open.

Also warn your families, that car - deer accidents will be at the highest point as well.

 

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Did someone say rut? What rut?? Nothing here in 8J!!

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7 hours ago, grampy said:

Hilltowns of 4H. The bucks were up and moving over the weekend. But the majority of doe are not ready yet. The bucks will come close to them, but the doe are not interested "YET"!! Rubs and scrapes are at their highest point, and seem to be everywhere. 

These next few days leading up to the 'magic' day of November 10th, and the few days after, will be the real deal! Get out as often, and for as long as you can!

With the colder, and clear weather coming, this years rutting action looks to just explode!! This will be the best time to catch a lovesick mature buck out in the open.

Also warn your families, that car - deer accidents will be at the highest point as well.

 

I'm going to climb real high on the wife's aggravation list this weekend, going to try and get 3 out of 4 days in the woods.  

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12 hours ago, grampy said:

Hilltowns of 4H. The bucks were up and moving over the weekend. But the majority of doe are not ready yet. The bucks will come close to them, but the doe are not interested "YET"!! Rubs and scrapes are at their highest point, and seem to be everywhere. 

These next few days leading up to the 'magic' day of November 10th, and the few days after, will be the real deal! Get out as often, and for as long as you can!

With the colder, and clear weather coming, this years rutting action looks to just explode!! This will be the best time to catch a lovesick mature buck out in the open.

Also warn your families, that car - deer accidents will be at the highest point as well.

 

Almost smacked a 4 point bye tops last night He was chasing a doe and paid no attention to traffic at all . Thank God it was a 30mph zone it could of been nasty

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I've seen a bunch of rubs showing up and a 6 or 8 pt cruising nose to the ground in the afternoon... 8G.  

Should be a great weekend!


Wyoming county   9H and 9N

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No movement in 4a been out every day  - some morning some evening no rubs no scrapes no deer. Have several bucks on camera that visit every night just not moving during the day yet. hopefully this weekend will be good.

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23 minutes ago, Captain said:

No movement in 4a been out every day  - some morning some evening no rubs no scrapes no deer. Have several bucks on camera that visit every night just not moving during the day yet. hopefully this weekend will be good.

Welcome to the forum Captain!

If you have several bucks on cam at night, this WILL be the weekend, to see some daytime movement!  Set up near travel funnels and pinch points. Also, hunt the doe! The bucks will be close to them! Could see buck movement at any time of the day too. So be out as much as ya can.

On the way to work this morning, had a nice buck with nose to the ground cross Rt.158 in front of me, from the big corn field. At the intersection of 146 and 158, a small buck was standing in the open in the grassy area to the left. I wish I could be out there instead of work! But will be out with the compound in the morning. Doing what the bucks are doing. Looking for a doe!

Sunday is the best day of the year!!! The "Magic Day" of November 10th!! And the weather will be perfect!

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After seeing a flurry of activity earlier in the week, action seemed to drop off the last 2 days, even with the cold weather. I’m starting to think that we are starting to see bucks lock down with does. There was still some chasing, but movement has been way down, at least for me it was. All of the bigger bucks have gone pretty silent on cams, and have only seen smaller bucks on the move looking for does. 

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No sign of rut activity where I am in 3M.  A couple scrapes that are open every year by now are not, and I’ve been hunting all day and have not seen a single deer.  There are a few new rubs, but nothing noteworthy.  I suspect I missed it this year, which is okay.  Hopefully the bucks are out of lock down come opening day of the gun season.  

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I scouted about 2 miles in 4h. No scrapes. I know a few places that have scrapes every year. Normally I would have seen about 15 scrapes altogether but there are none. Saw two rubs. Half an hour north and there are scrapes around like normal. 

 

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While it seems like everyone on here is seeing chasing and Moog is even posting deer porn, here in 4K I'm still not seeing any sign of chasing. Hunted all Day Saturday and Sunday on the same oak ridge that overlooks a creek bottom with thick bedding on other side of creek. I have been seeing plenty of deer. Doe, Fawns still with their mothers. One that I have seen several times is still Nursing. Small spikes intermingled with the doe and all just eating acorns, no chasing. There are several scrapes on the ridge and there must be 30 Rubs in the creek bottom. I hope I am there when it turns on but I have still not seen anything other than deer eating acorns. The small bucks are ignoring the doe. Last week the big doe my buddy got didn't smell at all.  Really thought this would be the weekend. Hoping to take Thursday and Friday off to hunt the last two days of crossbow before the gun opener Saturday. 

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Saw lots of road kill on Route 9G in southern Columbia and northern Duchess Counties.  In the woods in 4Y, minimal rubs & scrapes, no chasing.  Hope it kicks in next Saturday.

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I Finally saw a nice Rub yesterday and a few scrapes.... My last day out with the bow.. But it was a quite morning. Ready for Gun season!

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