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#1 Male OFFLINE   Almaink


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Posted 11/02/15 - 11:16 AM

So it's now November and I've yet to see a single scrape in any of the places they have been showing up for the last 30 years. I also haven't seen but one small spike buck although I have seen a few rubs in the last week on real big trees. The woods are full of acorns more than I've ever seen before, so I'm wondering if that has anything to do with the lack of rut sign in the usual places? 

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Posted 11/02/15 - 11:18 AM

That is odd. What part of the state? I was out yesterday and found a bunch of scrapes but not many rubs. This was in central NJ.

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Posted 11/02/15 - 11:36 AM

I am seeing the same thing in zone 6 northern New Jersey. I've taken long power walks around both of my setups in an attempt to find rubs and scrape with the intention of moving to get in on the action. So far I've found nothing. I'm hunting areas that I've killed deer in before. These are not new setups. The only thing different this year is the mast crop.

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Posted 11/02/15 - 11:40 AM

Central NJ Lawrenceville to be exact. I guess it's the mast crop then. 

#5 Female OFFLINE   Ms Grit

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Posted 11/02/15 - 12:02 PM

Zone 8, I'm not seeing anything happen. Same 3 players.

Zone 7, 3 new bucks in the last week on my cameras but no chasing that I've seen.

Zone 6, 1 new buck, several does hanging around and 2 new bears on my cameras

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Posted 11/02/15 - 12:07 PM

I am seeing a bunch of chaseing but verry few rubs and scrapes but wethier I am in woods or vehicle I am seeing chaseing all over.

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Posted 11/02/15 - 05:39 PM

The field edge scrapes showed up 2 weeks ago and went dry. It seems like all the action is in the woods right now. The does are so close to going into heat right now. I saw my first sighting of a doe pinned down out in a wide open bean field last night. They were out there for two hours.

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Posted 11/02/15 - 05:46 PM

Lots of chasing
Saw 5 different bucks, cruising or chasing on Saturday

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Posted 11/02/15 - 05:52 PM

I'll be checking my cameras tomorrow in Zone 8 but, the landowner says he has not seen any bucks chasing at all. I know in Virginia, there's nothing going on.

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Posted 11/02/15 - 05:55 PM

I hunt zone 6 and I have video of bucks chasing. I also have little sign just starting to see scraps pop up but no rubs as all. The buck I shot Saturday was deff looking for love

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Posted 11/02/15 - 06:01 PM

I saw five new dead bucks today that were not there last Friday, on I-80 between Interchanges 19 and 37.  Somethings going on.............

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Posted 11/02/15 - 06:20 PM

A bit of chasing going on. Saw one slammer running a doe along side of the road. 

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Posted 11/02/15 - 06:27 PM

A 7 pointer had a doe pinned down in front of me from 3:30 until dark this afternoon, he was grunting his head off.   



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Posted 11/02/15 - 07:20 PM

It's gonna be a strange week with these temps I'll be back out again tomorrow . Good luck to everyone

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Posted 11/02/15 - 07:41 PM

Not being able to get where I need to I'm not seeing a whole lot. I did come across a new rub right alongside an old rub with a scrape nearby. Its one of those king of the hill spots I should have never challenged.....

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Posted 11/02/15 - 07:50 PM

I'm a huge fan of being mobile all the time and doing a lot of "virgin sits". If you're not seeing sign and deer, move. There are a lot of rubs and scrapes that I've seen so far and definitely rutting action is happening. You need to find it asap. 


If you have a lightweight stand, throw it on your back and walk edges of cover until you hit fresh sign and setup. I do it all the time and at the very least, it eventually puts you on deer again.


Travel light though, otherwise you'll want to setup at the first hint of deer activity. But also never go past awesome sign (unless you're gut says keep going). Once I hit sign that feels "right", I slow to a stop and really look things over before moving forward anymore. I try to select a tree without moving around at all. Ground scent is a huge hunt killer.


If you don't have a lightweight stand that you can quickly and quietly get in a tree with, then just grab the bow and go scout early...start scouting at like 8 or 9 am. Once you find the right spot, go get the stand and setup for the evening. Maybe leave the stand in the woods and hunt the AM again....If nothing. Move on.


Good luck!

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Posted 11/03/15 - 07:24 AM

I'm seeing a similar situation at one of my spots. It's a backyard 10 acre spot that I bait. There's usually a lot of deer hitting the feeder every year with the same trees being rubbed and scraped. This year it's different so far. Not much going on. It has to be the acorn crop. I scouted a piece of public land and hung a stand in a small oak flat I found. I saw 8 deer last night during my sit including some small bucks bumping does around. I'm always learning and I love it. One thing I've learned is that during the rut, you never know what will happen. You could sit a spot that you haven't seen much at, and have a nice buck cruise through at any time.
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Posted 11/03/15 - 02:17 PM

It's not just acorns.  The last Fish and Game Council meeting mentioned that early deer harvest reports for this fall had the numbers down between 35% and 40%.  That was blamed on a combination of things including: back to back harsh winters where predation by coyotes increases, fawn predation by apex predators in spring, unlimited doe harvests, lack of acorns over much of the state for two or more years, and localized EHD.    

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Posted 11/03/15 - 04:06 PM

The buck I got on Saturday was chasing a doe hard, the night before there was another buck chasing a doe at last light, I haven't been out since so I dont know what this heat is doing to them, but it definitely looked like the Rut was at least beginning this past weekend in Z15.

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Posted 11/03/15 - 04:56 PM

I have a few bucks on cam all in the early am. Nothing in the evening. I have been around does on the days Ive hunted and have not seen a buck on any of them. Im seeing the bucks solo with no companions and the does in small groups with no sugar daddy's

Edited by outdoorslife, 11/03/15 - 04:57 PM.

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