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Anybody else been having troubles finding deer? I have been sitting the last week and have seen only a hand full of deer if even that. I have tried three different fields and haven't gotten any thing. I was wondering what you guys have been doing to bag your deer?

Question by tirdypointbuck. Uploaded on November 14, 2012

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Ias covered up in bucks and turkeys this afternoon. Coldfront and good wind direction. shot a decent 8. life is good. Don't despair, it'll turn on.

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from neuman23 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

They're out there. Just have patience and watch the wind.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

It's the rut...if you don't have does patterned to a food source, then you're likely not going to see much for deer. Does are hunkered down in thick cover avoiding being harassed by bucks as much as they can right now. Bucks are skirting the edges of thick cover trying to get a whiff of does that may be hidden. Get out of the fields and get into the timbers. This time of year bucks are cruising for does, and a majority of their time is spent in the woods, not in wide open fields where they're apt to get shot at. Look at some maps and try to identify travel corridors and potential bedding areas.

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from IND_NRA wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

If you know where the does are you will have deer all over you this time of year. I had deer all over me the last couple of weeks and got a big eight last Thursday, and this Tuesday I got a mature doe and big ten point, and had many other bucks and does running around. Good luck and find them does.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

The last two summers and extended drouth has taken it's toll on the local deer population. They're still here, just harder to locate.
With a couple of killer frosts, they will start moving into wheat fields. The rut is going pretty good right now so maybe this weekends opener will be at least "okay".

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from Savageshot wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

pinch points,funnels

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from Travis Vencil wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

My cousin and I only shotgun hunt but we're in the woods year around looking for deer signs like bark rubbed away on food supplies like trees where green briars hang, low grown bushes that stay green year around. We also look for water, rubs, scrapes, bedding areas and that sort of thing. Once we find those we'll set up some trail cams in locations we find and see whats there. If we like it, after that we take out our machetes and go in to out locations and set up natural blinds and we'll already have our food supply, cover,water, and SCENT IN THE AREA!!!.I put the emphasis on leaving you're scent in the area but you're scent has to stay in the area, do this so that deer get used to it and wont worry about it nearly as much as they would other wise. We do this year around to get our sight ready because the more stands and blind we have we can change up on our locations as we please. We are covered in deer from the beginning of to the end of the season this way. I will grunt as I walk in the wood 5 or ten minutes after my cousin walks in using a doe bleat following the same path so it seems like a buck following a doe, and that's worked its sort of complicated but the results don't lie.

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from Travis Vencil wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

My cousin and I only shotgun hunt but we're in the woods year around looking for deer signs like bark rubbed away on food supplies like trees where green briars hang, low grown bushes that stay green year around. We also look for water, rubs, scrapes, bedding areas and that sort of thing. Once we find those we'll set up some trail cams in locations we find and see whats there. If we like it, after that we take out our machetes and go in to out locations and set up natural blinds and we'll already have our food supply, cover,water, and SCENT IN THE AREA!!!.I put the emphasis on leaving you're scent in the area but you're scent has to stay in the area, do this so that deer get used to it and wont worry about it nearly as much as they would other wise. We do this year around to get our sight ready because the more stands and blind we have we can change up on our locations as we please. We are covered in deer from the beginning of to the end of the season this way. I will grunt as I walk in the wood 5 or ten minutes after my cousin walks in using a doe bleat following the same path so it seems like a buck following a doe, and that's worked its sort of complicated but the results don't lie.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

If seeing something to shoot at is so important, perhaps you might want to consider switching to bird hunting. You'll find that a hunting dog will keep you and your family occupied year round even after the season is over. More than I can say for compound bows or rifles. And when you're hunting even if you don't see any birds to shoot at it's still wonderful to watch the dog(s) work. Try it. I think you'll have difficulty going back to sitting all day in a tree stand.

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Fields are out right now. Go to the woods. Bioguy is right. During the rut, the bucks will try to be where the does are. Find them and you'll find the bucks. And like he said, they're not in the fields; they're in the woods.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Draw the bucks out of thick cover with doe in estrous scent.

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

During August and September I was seeing a couple of nine point bucks hanging together, on my trail cameras. During October and this month of November, the bigger bucks have disappeared. I'm am now seeing does, button bucks and spikes. I almost forgot, a flock of fifty turkeys every day. I should of never used corn as bait. The turkeys are dominated my two bait piles except during the day.

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Sorry, the last sentence the word "except" should of been deleted.

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from Whitetail98 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Find the does and the bucks are sure to follow

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from IND_NRA wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

If you know where the does are you will have deer all over you this time of year. I had deer all over me the last couple of weeks and got a big eight last Thursday, and this Tuesday I got a mature doe and big ten point, and had many other bucks and does running around. Good luck and find them does.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

The last two summers and extended drouth has taken it's toll on the local deer population. They're still here, just harder to locate.
With a couple of killer frosts, they will start moving into wheat fields. The rut is going pretty good right now so maybe this weekends opener will be at least "okay".

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from steve182 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Ias covered up in bucks and turkeys this afternoon. Coldfront and good wind direction. shot a decent 8. life is good. Don't despair, it'll turn on.

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from neuman23 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

They're out there. Just have patience and watch the wind.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

It's the rut...if you don't have does patterned to a food source, then you're likely not going to see much for deer. Does are hunkered down in thick cover avoiding being harassed by bucks as much as they can right now. Bucks are skirting the edges of thick cover trying to get a whiff of does that may be hidden. Get out of the fields and get into the timbers. This time of year bucks are cruising for does, and a majority of their time is spent in the woods, not in wide open fields where they're apt to get shot at. Look at some maps and try to identify travel corridors and potential bedding areas.

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from Savageshot wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

pinch points,funnels

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from Travis Vencil wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

My cousin and I only shotgun hunt but we're in the woods year around looking for deer signs like bark rubbed away on food supplies like trees where green briars hang, low grown bushes that stay green year around. We also look for water, rubs, scrapes, bedding areas and that sort of thing. Once we find those we'll set up some trail cams in locations we find and see whats there. If we like it, after that we take out our machetes and go in to out locations and set up natural blinds and we'll already have our food supply, cover,water, and SCENT IN THE AREA!!!.I put the emphasis on leaving you're scent in the area but you're scent has to stay in the area, do this so that deer get used to it and wont worry about it nearly as much as they would other wise. We do this year around to get our sight ready because the more stands and blind we have we can change up on our locations as we please. We are covered in deer from the beginning of to the end of the season this way. I will grunt as I walk in the wood 5 or ten minutes after my cousin walks in using a doe bleat following the same path so it seems like a buck following a doe, and that's worked its sort of complicated but the results don't lie.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

If seeing something to shoot at is so important, perhaps you might want to consider switching to bird hunting. You'll find that a hunting dog will keep you and your family occupied year round even after the season is over. More than I can say for compound bows or rifles. And when you're hunting even if you don't see any birds to shoot at it's still wonderful to watch the dog(s) work. Try it. I think you'll have difficulty going back to sitting all day in a tree stand.

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from jaukulele wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Fields are out right now. Go to the woods. Bioguy is right. During the rut, the bucks will try to be where the does are. Find them and you'll find the bucks. And like he said, they're not in the fields; they're in the woods.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Draw the bucks out of thick cover with doe in estrous scent.

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from Travis Vencil wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

My cousin and I only shotgun hunt but we're in the woods year around looking for deer signs like bark rubbed away on food supplies like trees where green briars hang, low grown bushes that stay green year around. We also look for water, rubs, scrapes, bedding areas and that sort of thing. Once we find those we'll set up some trail cams in locations we find and see whats there. If we like it, after that we take out our machetes and go in to out locations and set up natural blinds and we'll already have our food supply, cover,water, and SCENT IN THE AREA!!!.I put the emphasis on leaving you're scent in the area but you're scent has to stay in the area, do this so that deer get used to it and wont worry about it nearly as much as they would other wise. We do this year around to get our sight ready because the more stands and blind we have we can change up on our locations as we please. We are covered in deer from the beginning of to the end of the season this way. I will grunt as I walk in the wood 5 or ten minutes after my cousin walks in using a doe bleat following the same path so it seems like a buck following a doe, and that's worked its sort of complicated but the results don't lie.

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

During August and September I was seeing a couple of nine point bucks hanging together, on my trail cameras. During October and this month of November, the bigger bucks have disappeared. I'm am now seeing does, button bucks and spikes. I almost forgot, a flock of fifty turkeys every day. I should of never used corn as bait. The turkeys are dominated my two bait piles except during the day.

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from Gary Devine wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Sorry, the last sentence the word "except" should of been deleted.

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from Whitetail98 wrote 1 year 22 weeks ago

Find the does and the bucks are sure to follow

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