I'm trying to get a better bead on travel patterns of bucks during the time they're really cruising around before lock down so I can really focus my efforts on funnels more efficiently. At times I've seen lots of bucks, but not close enough to get a shot. The property I hunt is wide open hilly country with doe bedding areas spread all over the place. Another idea I'm thinking about trying next year would be to use a decoy during the time the boys are cruising around. I just need to come up with ways to get them closer for the shot. Often times these bucks seem to be on something like a bus route where they are going from one doe bedding area to another in search of the first hot doe. Have you guys ever used decoys during this phase of the rut, or any other tactics, to try to pull in some of these bucks you may be seeing but who are just not close enough to take a shot?
I thought maybe you guys would find this as interesting as me. I will start with the back story. I farm full time so I rarely get to bow hunt. Normally I go late muzzleloader only but I had trailcam pictures of a couple bucks I liked do I got a landowner tag for shotgun and took my smokepole out for an all day sit in one of my shacks. About 1030 on saturday this guy gets pushed right to me. Still don't know where he came from or who pushed him. I didnt see the broken beam when i shot him but noticed it right away when i walked up on him. I decided after seeing the broken beam i would do a european mount. While skinning the head i noticed a nasty infection between his antlers. After cleaning the skull i noticed he fractured his skull all the way around his base. Never seen that before. Gotta think he got hit by a car. Unless he was just that mean.
Theres this deer (I call him a friend of mine), a 180 inch typical giant buck,I had him come by my stand at 30 yards this year, and there i stood holding my bow no motion, didn't draw just watched an old friend. And I can't really explain why, I have 3 years history with this deer, and I've really enjoyed watching this deer grow from a 140-150 to 180 inch monster buck. What do u guys all think??? I've already shot this deer 2 years ago. I feel like if I shot this deer the woods would be a ton more empty. I believe this deer is 5.5-6.5 year old buck. Any one else have any experience with stuff like this???
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