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Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Wexford, Pennsylvania 15090
Re: Question about a mature buck
(This post was directed toward the original poster.) Think about what you just posted. You put out feed and stop about 1 1/2 months before the season starts and you also said that you stopped seing him when he lost his velvet. Seems to me like those two time frames roughly coincide. It also would not be at all unusual for deer to change their patterns between summer and fall depending on food availability, temperature, human activity, breeding urges, etc. The regular 12 day cycles between sightings is pretty amazing. As others have said, once human activities increase he may retreat to his sanctuary area, which may be that posted property. I'd try to lay low, stay out of the area as much as possible, only entering to hang your stand. Make sure as you do so, you stay as scent free as possible and wear scent free clothing, especially gloves so as to not leave your scent anywhere. This sounds like a buck that you might be able to kill during the first week of the season, and if not then, well......who knows.