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Old 11-19-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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I'm faced with a dilemma......where do I hunt now that rifle season is over. Here's the scenario. We have 2 bucks bedding close to our farm that frequent our food plots at night. We have permission to hunt the neighbor's property that has 2 big cedar thickets on it that these deer bed in. Do I risk getting close to their bed now that the bucks are locked down with does? How would you hunt with this scenario in front of you? Should I wait till muzzleloader season?



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Old 11-19-2012, 07:28 PM   #2
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They will hit the food heavily after the does are bred to stock up fat for winter.

First couple weeks of December is one of my favorite times to hunt.

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If you have a food source that is going to last into the colder months of bow season, I would for sure be waiting them out until they HAVE to have the food.

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Yup, I'd just be patient. Lots of deer season left, and there's still the yearling does that will come into heat in December, as well as some unbred does that will cycle again in approx 28 days (think opening few days of Alt. Weapons season)... and if it ever decides to get cold, they will be on the food as often as possible. Hunt him over travel routes going to / coming from the food, and be patient. I bet you'll get him before it's all over.

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If you have a good wind I'd be on the travel from bed to food for now

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If you have a good wind I'd be on the travel from bed to food for now


Here's another dilemma with the travel routes. They are traveling south to north(the 2 big bucks that I have pictures of) at 5:30-6:10 in the morning, leaving our food plots of cut corn and ladino clover. The cedar thicket where they are bedding is where they head to before daylight from south to north. It's approximately 500 yards to their bed from our food plots. The bucks are not hitting the food plots until after 8:30 at night. They are nowhere close to the food plots until well after dark. Any suggestions?


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