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big ten 11-04-2008 08:35 AM

massachusetts rut
has anybody seen any signs of the rut yet. i haven't found squat for scrapes or rubs. ive found some scrapes maybe 8 to 10 but none of them have been hit since they were opened two weeks ago, which is unusual you would think they would be opening them up, with all the leaves in them now. ive seen deer everyday, except for three days. ive been on vacation since last wednesday and still have another week after this one. ive seen all does either in groups or just loners by themselves. another question i have is where are the bucks you'd think theyd be cruisin by now, but maybe not. is it still early in massachusetts?

Western MA Hunter 11-04-2008 10:29 AM

RE: massachusetts rut
young bucks are chasing... I haven't seen any yet, but my buddies have. i have seen some areas torn up w/ scrapes & one's every day. Other spots don't have squat.
I have been having a very slow season so far... not much happening in my spots. I guess I have been at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Western MA Hunter 11-06-2008 06:09 AM

RE: massachusetts rut
Buddy shot a 3 point ona doe yesterday PM, another buddy saw a monster chasing, but had no shot, and another buddy was out tracking a good "rack buck" last night that he shot working a scrape.
My other friend shot a small 6 point in CT that was chasing does and had a spike come by chasing as well. I think it's on!

buckmaster_27 11-06-2008 07:17 PM

RE: massachusetts rut
havent seen much of anything.the rut is not even in sight from what i can see.all season so far the buck sign has been least in my area of western mass.just not seeing much even in the year so far.maybe when the cold weather gets here and stays it will change.

big ten 11-08-2008 04:10 PM

RE: massachusetts rut
on thursday and friday we had bucks on the move. checking scrapes too. but today there was nothing. which i can see because its just too warm for them to move continuous, hopefully with the cooler weather this week it will get moving again. 60s is just to warm for me. it has been a real weird scrape year, compared to past years, and the bucks are still there. in my area, there are absolutely no acorns. i do think that may play a big part of it with the scrapes. as far as energy and surviving the winter with no food. do they eat hickory nuts? ihave a ton of them.

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