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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-06-2011, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
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How Early Is Too Early

I went spotting near near my hunting spot last night and saw three bucks bumping a doe around the field (One Shooter). They had their nose to her rear and seemed as if they were very interested in whatever she was dealing with. Being this early in the year, is it to early to use some sort of estrus scent? I usually wouldnt try using it until around Oct 22 or so, but this situation has me thinking differently. Any suggestions?
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I have heard of a mini rut in the middle of oct. The couple years my daughter got to hunt the early junior season I saw it first hand. We were sitting 10 yds off a well used trail when a yearling doe came running by us. It wasn't more than 5 minutes and a nice buck came through with his nose to the ground and grunting like crazy. Have seen it several years.

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As the doe start to come into or get near (weeks prior) to the estrus cycle, they are producing pheromones...it's not too early for some to start "chasing" them. It's that time of year that they are showing an intrest in the pheromones and the bucks hormones are starting to go wild...This is the stage when I start seeing bigger bucks show up near my house. They are slowly leaving those bachelor groups and feeling out their range.

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I hunted Maryland this morning which isn't too far over the state line (only a couple of miles). Last Friday I saw a nice 8 point running with 5 other bucks. This morning he came in with a doe and was kind of following/chasing her around. Still no chance to connect. I will be hunting PA tomorrow. I live right on the line so I can switch back and forth.

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With how cold it's been the past week or so it jump started the buck. My buddy just shot a nice 8 tuesday night that was on a doe like glue. Id say with how warm they want it to get over the next week, that they will stop

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There's a video up on Weather.com of a 6 point running around inside a wireless phone store (typical crazy behavior).

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There's a video up on Weather.com of a 6 point running around inside a wireless phone store (typical crazy behavior).

Kinda like you prob did on your first 72?

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When a deer is spooked and confused and gets into a building running around acting crazy, that is fear and confusion, not a sign of rutting. It happens all the time all year long.



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That was on th enews and it was in Chester County.

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I went spotting near near my hunting spot last night and saw three bucks bumping a doe around the field (One Shooter). They had their nose to her rear and seemed as if they were very interested in whatever she was dealing with. Being this early in the year, is it to early to use some sort of estrus scent? I usually wouldnt try using it until around Oct 22 or so, but this situation has me thinking differently. Any suggestions?
Try it and see if it works....what's the worst that can happen?
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