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Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lycoming county
Re: Buck harvest collected info.
This is all pretty much dead on for me this year, and most years as well.
This years buck came right into my grunts. I use a HS true talker. I mainly use buck grunts and doe bleats though. Sometimes ill use them in sequence during the rut. Ive never had any good luck rattling or snort wheezing in the past. ive only used snort wheeze as a last ditch effort and have scared every buck to high heavens with it. I know they work at certain times, but in my opinion a buck has to be in a special mood for them to work and therefore are far less effective than the grunt and doe bleat. I cant stress enough though, that over calling throughout the season is extremely detrimental to your odds of success. I take my call with me, but i never use it until the 4th week of archery and i start off using it sparingly.
I shot this years buck in a travel corridoor, but stand locations are almost always on some kind of travel route. Food plots rarely produce past the first week during daylight and i dont like to burn out a good food source.
As far as scent goes i didnt do my usual mock scrape and scent routine this year. I tried thems in a few places and it seemed to push the deer away from those locations for a while until i took them down. The only scents i ended up using this year was buck urine and estrous. During the rut, a quality estrous is hard to beat. A few squirts of buck urine in a natural scrape is effective to.
Ive killed every buck from a treestand except for 2, and i got those 2 spot and stalk style. This years buck was out of my most productive treestand. I dont even hunt this spot till the last two weeks of archery and i always see good action in it. I try to put a minimum of 15' between me and the ground. I have one stand that is only about 12' up though.
Hands down best time for me is early morning but late afternoon is almost as good. My buck this year was shot about 715am. It gets too hot in late morning and midday in archery anymore and in my opinion takes too long to cool off towards late afternoon which is probably why i think morning is better. Deer do move during midday though no matter what temp it is but they have to be able to move about feeling somewhat undetected. A buck thats been spooked a few times during the season is less apt to do so in my experience.