Best Days To Hunt The Rut

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  1. jesserichard

    jesserichard New Member

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    I was just wondering what everybody thinks is the best days to hunt during the rut. What have people found to be the tried and true and what this season will be.
     
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  3. loneranger

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    Most wil say first week of Nov. but "Rut", is highly variable, sometimes from area to area. Dependent on weather too. Warm is a bummer...I saw most activity on my small piece of land Nov. 12th. Was first real cold day also. First two wks of Nov. be out there!
     
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    November 3rd thru the 9th and about the 18th to December 1st is my favorite times to be out.
     
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    Myself, I like the period right after most of the bucks are locked down with their first does, roughly nov. 17th untill the first part of dec. Here it seems every year the older bucks dont become visable untill then. Most of the bucks I see the first part of nov. are 3 1/2 and under.
     
  6. Sligh1

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    I will never be out of the stand from Nov 3-15. I also like the late Nov hunting like 6x6 BUT it's a different type of hunting for sure with far more frustrations and patience needed BUT often times with big rewards. I had an AWFUL rut this last year & the year before- MOST of that had to do with warm weather BUT they sucked. I killed a 7.5 year old buck on November 20th this last season.
     
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    Every day....... you dont know when they could cut loose.:way:

    If possible the last week in Oct. till you fill your tag or run out of time.
     
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    I guess the difference is that I am usually after 1 or 2 certain bucks and they could be anywhere during the first part of nov., which is why thats when guys on marginal neighboring farms get lucky. It seems once the first big wave of breeding occurs the does start useing the feeding fields again, and thats where the older bucks are every evening. I do know every year from about nov. 11th to the 15th or 16th is always real slow. Like Sligh said the first part of nov. is the best to put in the time and see the most bucks.My buck from last year was fairly visable untill the end of oct. then fell off the map untill around thanksgiving, but then he started hitting the same picked cornfield every evening chaseing and checking does.
     
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    The first and second week of nov. are wild, but I would have to agree with 6x6 & sligh1 I've killed a lot of older bucks Nov. 15-27. Between 10a.m-2p.m I've killed more older bucks cruising for does in later Nov. and over a decoy. Patience! Sitting there day after day. Your wife asking why didn't you shoot that buck I thought you said he was big enough! LOL Then you see a bigger one.
    Anytime you can get out is the best.
     
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    Oh yeah, I said I killed that 7.5 year old on Nov 20- I'll add, it was 1:30 pm. Glad I was in the stand!
     
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    I have had my best success the last week of Oct thru the first 2 weeks of Nov. If I could take those 3 weeks off every year I would.
     
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    sureshot The Hunt Never Ends....

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    If I could only pick one week it would be Nov 3rd-10th
     
  13. Scott

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    Yep. Best action is first week but biggest bucks consistently move around thanksgiving
     
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    Halloween til shotgun opener. You never know what might walk by, any of those days. Mid November lockdown is pretty frustrating though.
     
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    Depends....do you want to be lucky or good?
    Are you hunting what you think to be a "Home Body Buck" or planning on the luck of a "Roamer buck"
    Home Body Buck: Last week of Oct then again Thanksgiving week if he makes it home.
    Roamer Bucks: Nov 3-20
     
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    I would like to withdraw my first post and go with this......as much as you can from the last week in Oct. till you tag out without burning yourself or your hunting spots out.
     
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    Yep! We all know!!!!!!!!! Ya gotta lotta internet experts! Let's let'um talk! Or are you wanting to know from people that just hunt, when they can!? That hunt somebody elses land! That can't afford to suck in the deer?? It lays a little different! Depends on how much money you have to spend!!!!!!!!!!!! It is like everything else in MeXamerica! Ya got the money!! Well Hell!! Ya got the money!! :mad::mad:
     
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    Well Crockett we are all waiting to hear your infinate wisdom on what week is best for you? Whats with the attitude?
     
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    Do you have to put in for vacation?
     
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    My three biggest bow kills have been Nov 6, 8, 8.
     
  22. KnuckleDragr

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    I like the Nov. 10th - 20th. Most folks would call that time "lock down", but I seem to have better luck seeing the bigger ones moving around at that time as opposed to the first week of the month. I guess each property is unique in how the deer use it.
     

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