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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Bachelor bucks

So throughout August I've had around 10 different buck show up on my trail cam. They were bunched up in there bachelor groups, but now they have scattered. I kow this is normal when the rut is approaching. For the first time Im hunting in a small patch of woods in an urban area, there are a few of these patches. My question is how far would these bucks travel once they have seperated? Should I assume most of them are still in the area? Also, out of about 150 pics of deer there was not a single doe. I did not see a doe in the area until this past thursday when i saw 2.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 12:07 PM
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Re: Bachelor bucks

Jms I have seen the same thing here. I had 2 different groups of bucks and no does with fawns at all. Up until the bucks shed there velvet. The bucks mostly all split up and I haven't seen some of the bucks since then. I did start seeing does and fawns though. Now that most of the acorns have fallen I don't get very many pics on my cams. So to answer your question, some will travel great distances (10 miles or so) and several will hang tight, some will hop from wood lot to wood lot in hopes of finding a place all there own. Does will move around alot depending on the food and preasure from people and predators and getting pushed by bucks. Some mature bucks will except the presents of other bucks on their turf and some bucks won't allow a buck to pass through without an encounter of their presents. After the acorns are all gone you'll start to see your deer again.

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Re: Bachelor bucks

There are so many acorns its unreal. It may be a long while before they are gone.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 10:59 PM
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Re: Bachelor bucks

JMS, Welome to HPA. I agree 100% with everything Redlab said. There is much feed out there, it's kind of hard to pinpoint the "hotspots". I have a trail camera up on the farm I hunt, and set it to "plot watch". It's set in a small finger of a field that is normally pretty popular. Spotlighting in August and early Sept, we'd see 10-20 deer. Over the last three weeks, I got about 10 doe pics, and one small buck. Heck, I expected maybe 200 pics by now. Find the acorns, and you'll find deer. As the season progresses, and the rut kicks in, things will change. Good luck to you.

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