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Old 10-04-2018, 05:55 AM
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This morning's hunt gave me a lot of action but something I've never seen before. Now I've seen bucks chasing doe and grunting before and I've been hunting for over 50 years. But this morning I saw a nice racked mature buck running all around the woods near my stand grunting like he was chasing. But, at the earliest, the rut isn't for three weeks and closer to 4 or 5 weeks away. There can't be any doe in estrus yet.
Is he just displaying dominance and staking out his territory for the upcoming rut?
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Old 10-04-2018, 06:31 AM
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One thing I've observed is they aren't always punctual. I watched a Buck chasing a Doe on a naked hilltop in July once.
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Old 10-04-2018, 07:37 AM
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The testosterone levels in a North Eastern whitetail buck should almost be max-out by now --- Though I'm not a wildlife biologist that could confirm that.
I'm speculating that rattling-up a buck is good from October 21 on --- At least here in Maryland.

A snort-wheeze from the hunter...might make that running buck stop for a shot; though bucks sometime do the same thing while chasing a doe; in order too coax her to stop for him.

The rut is sparked-on by the angle of the sun's rays that hit the deer's eyes.

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Old 10-04-2018, 01:09 PM
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Erno, like I said, I've seen dozens of buck chasing doe and grunting over the years. One year I was almost in the right spot at the right time. I had no less then 6 buck chasing various doe all around my stand. I thought I was going to get dizzy turning around in my stand trying to get an arrow in one. Last year, Nov 2nd, i grunted and rattled in a big buck. He came in ears laid back and hackles bristled. He was looking for a fight but got more than he expected. But this episode was just nuts. I have no idea why he was acting so crazy.
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Old 10-05-2018, 04:08 AM
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It is called the chase phase of the rut here in Michigan, normally accues late Sept to Mid Oct. Much depends on the weather, cool mornings bright shiny warm mid days.

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Old 10-05-2018, 08:10 AM
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One year...I was just lucky enough to have seen (I was unarmed at the time) a real drawn out whitetail buck fight between two eight pointers; while a 10 pointer was looking on.

One morning...I rattled & grunt tubed in 9 whitetail bucks, without getting a single bow shot opportunity from my treestand.

November 3rd, is the day that the majority of Maryland whitetail does come into estrus.

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