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Title: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 09, 2019, 12:46:35 AM
It's not time for the annual rut thread that seems to pop up every year, but it's always seems helpful in the early season to hear other hunter's BT sightings, close calls, and/or encounters.  Somehow it helps to stay focused in the field when you know other hunters are having positive results, and a single thread documenting activity makes staying up to date a bit easier. 

SeaRun1 and WSU both reported today that they recently saw bucks out cruising during daylight hours, which seems at least 4 days earlier than I can remember being posted over the last many years.  Perhaps great news for the opener.

My first real efforts this season was sitting in my elevated blind at the start of the month up in Kitsap.  Two mornings, six hours each day:  Three doe total came play but bucks were a no show over the three days I hunted.  Total of four doe, no bucks, no first light activity whatsoever.  Doe were feeding 10:45 - 11:30 AM.  Had one more doe outside my ground blind at a different spot at last light.  I didn't know she was there and I scared the crap out of her as I exited the blind to go home. 

Anybody else seeing any activity worthy of mention?
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Twispriver on October 09, 2019, 07:51:55 AM
The bucks were out hitting the apples in the daylight the last couple of days of archery season and the first couple of days of black powder but have since gone back to their nocturnal patterns. Does are still trailing their fawns and the bucks are still together. In my area they usually don't start cruising until about the 20th of this month with activity really picking up about the 25th.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: elksnout on October 09, 2019, 09:49:51 PM
Wife had a 4pt walk across the road last week about 8:30am and I saw a spike out feeding around 10am last week as well. Both were on bluebird mornings.

Elksnout
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Born2late on October 09, 2019, 09:56:53 PM
My hunting partner picked up a nice 4pt roadkill that the police had to put down monday morning at 2 am. Neck was all swollen from rut and stinky glands when i skinned it. While we were boning it out we had a big 2 pt and a spike in the yard in arlington walking around by the garden eating, seemed like they only wanted food.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: lokidog on October 09, 2019, 10:00:27 PM
I've seen bucks following does already. Not nose to butt, but definitely hanging with them.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 09, 2019, 11:25:52 PM
I wonder if the cold weather gets the bucks just a bit more crazy than normal for this time of the season.  Seems early for swollen necks and stinky bucks.  Fingers crossed for a good season.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Wazntme on October 10, 2019, 01:38:19 AM
These little guys were goin at it pretty good before I was able to get my phone up, Iíve seen 4 other bucks during the daytime in the past week, Iím in Arlington
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Wazntme on October 10, 2019, 01:39:44 AM
Apparently my video wonít load but itís 2 small 2x2ís sparring which happen to be brothers
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Skyvalhunter on October 10, 2019, 04:59:07 AM
What area
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Turner89 on October 10, 2019, 05:53:12 AM
Apparently my video wonít load but itís 2 small 2x2ís sparring which happen to be brothers
I was able to view the video.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Spuddieselwwu on October 14, 2019, 03:05:28 PM
Went out both Sat/Sunday to my spots...  Day 1: Nothing  Day 2: 2 does, 2 fawns...  Will be waiting for the weather + later in Oct for the big boys to start moving more. 
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: WSU on October 14, 2019, 03:23:50 PM
My friend texted me a picture of a nice buck strolling his neighborhood yesterday.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: kramman on October 14, 2019, 03:37:27 PM
Dont usually see many bucks ,if at all till last week of October.  But today at 1130 am at nice 3pt was on the move. This is the north tacoma pt. Defiance  area
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: JakeLand on October 14, 2019, 03:46:23 PM
Nephew missed a nice 3 point and he had fresh rubs tore up all over on Saturday
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: brew on October 14, 2019, 05:41:23 PM
I talked to a guy this afternoon going into the unit showing my buddy some areas to cut some firewood.  Guy told me last Friday he saw 18 different bucks.  I asked him then why he was still hunting on Monday and he stuttered something about moon phase/polar vortex/global warming/anti's launching drones in the area/etc, etc, etc.  Myself has yet to see any deer  rutting activity although the bulls at work are still bugling
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: highside74 on October 14, 2019, 05:50:10 PM
Hunted Saturday morning and evening and Sunday morning. We couldn't turn up a buck. I'm not trying hard until the last week of October. We will stay out full days at that point.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: merlo105 on October 14, 2019, 06:32:33 PM
If you did you're pre season scouting you should be in the Deer. No the bucks aren't rutting no the bucks aren't gonna rut earlier this year. Some bucks live with in the doe groups that's why you see bucks running around with doe at all times of the year. The cooler temps are what is making deer move more during day light hours. Got over 16 cameras out and all have bucks in the day light hours. The bigger loner bucks are still in there holes they'll be moving looking for the chicks at the same time they do every single year. Not uncommon to find rubs this time of year or throughout September how else do they get the velvet off. Good luck everyone keep hunting and quit believing in folklore.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: BA Mongor on October 14, 2019, 06:56:00 PM
Interesting Merlo.

I better have a talk with the (2) larger bucks around the house and tell them to stop bugging those does and get back in their holes!!!!
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: merlo105 on October 14, 2019, 07:21:23 PM
BA Mongor, just cause a buck hangs out and plays and follows the females around has nothing to do with anything except there hanging out with them. Nothing more nothing less. Younger deer are like teenagers they don't know what there doing but there gonna try anyway. And when I refer to the bigger bucks I'm talking about mature deer 5 and older. If you have bigger deer on your property its cause they feel safe and yes will move freely usually in the city or a rural area where there not harassed. But crap everyone can believe what they want I suppose.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: BA Mongor on October 14, 2019, 07:48:06 PM
Thanks for the input and deer lesson Merlo !
LOL !!! You city folk and your all knowing wisdom of all things blacktail. I love believing in crap.

I do agree with you though, in that they're not getting it on yet, but will be by the 25th or so. It's always the same every year, no matter if it rains, snows or the sun shines. But I'm sure that statement is just a big steaming pile of 50 years of living in the woods and killing blacktail all my life....

Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: LeeRay on October 14, 2019, 08:10:55 PM
We've been out for the past three days in the Bear Creak/Dewatto area (GMU 627-bordering 633)and have seen nothing but does. However this is our first time hunting in Washington State and we're still figuring things out.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: merlo105 on October 14, 2019, 08:12:42 PM
City Folk No, lived in a small town my entire life. Played with Blacktail every day. I mean crap my job is to know the animal and what they do. But I'm sure 50 years of weekends got my 15 years of everyday beat. I would love to see the 50 years of trophys. Have to about have a good half dozen or more deer in the 120-150 class range. I'm tired of the dick measuring contest so I will pull my pants back up. Really hope you get a Dandy this year. Be safe have fun looking forward to hearing about every one's encounters.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on October 14, 2019, 08:22:22 PM
We've been out for the past three days in the Bear Creak/Dewatto area (GMU 627-bordering 633)and have seen nothing but does. However this is our first time hunting in Washington State and we're still figuring things out.

LeeRay, youíre in a good area if youíre seeing does. Keep hunting where youíve see the does, particularly at the crack of dawn, and you WILL start seeing some sniffing, cruising bucks as the rut progresses. 
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: CougHunter on October 14, 2019, 09:09:59 PM
I was out Saturday morning for the opener. I was saw at least twenty trucks parked on the side of the road, but surprisingly I didn't hear a single shot.

I saw a nice buck at about 4:00 AM, but nothing during shooting hours.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: slavenoid on October 14, 2019, 09:12:29 PM
I have seen so many blacktail bucks this year. I have simplified my approach to the same areas I normally hunt. I have been walking less, sitting longer, and glassing harder.

The rut is definitely not on but I spotted a very nice buck glued to a doe on opening day. Spotted another slipping through the area with does the second. I have no self control and took a small buck after he got done running around with some does and walked right into my lap.

Don't be discouraged about seeing does. You never know if a buck is around just because. If nothing else it gives you a chance to study their appearance and movement to help develop your game eye cuz those suckers are so hard to spot.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 14, 2019, 09:59:42 PM
I have seen so many blacktail bucks this year. I have simplified my approach to the same areas I normally hunt. I have been walking less, sitting longer, and glassing harder.

The rut is definitely not on but I spotted a very nice buck glued to a doe on opening day. Spotted another slipping through the area with does the second. I have no self control and took a small buck after he got done running around with some does and walked right into my lap.

Don't be discouraged about seeing does. You never know if a buck is around just because. If nothing else it gives you a chance to study their appearance and movement to help develop your game eye cuz those suckers are so hard to spot.

All good thoughts.  Congrats on ending your season, even if it wasn't a trophy.  I'm expecting tag soup this season, cause I don't need the meat and I'm telling myself I can pass on lesser bucks and wait for mister big.  We'll see how that all shakes out.  I'll probably end up with a spike that I swore was a four-point. 

Saw one doe today out on a firewood run after dropping my boy at school.   Took my rifle, forgot my binocs, knife, and pack.  Got all my firewood safety gear loaded along with gas, and bar oil, but turned out I forgot my chainsaw too.  Wasted day! 

No reason to get all excited about whether the deer are rutting yet.  That's why I was looking for "early season reports" .  The rut thread won't start for another day or two.   :chuckle:  Good luck out there.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Martinhunter on October 15, 2019, 03:36:59 AM
I talked to a guy this afternoon going into the unit showing my buddy some areas to cut some firewood.  Guy told me last Friday he saw 18 different bucks.  I asked him then why he was still hunting on Monday and he stuttered something about moon phase/polar vortex/global warming/anti's launching drones in the area/etc, etc, etc.  Myself has yet to see any deer  rutting activity although the bulls at work are still bugling
:chuckle: :chuckle:18 different bucks....
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Spuddieselwwu on October 15, 2019, 11:33:56 AM
I have seen so many blacktail bucks this year. I have simplified my approach to the same areas I normally hunt. I have been walking less, sitting longer, and glassing harder.

The rut is definitely not on but I spotted a very nice buck glued to a doe on opening day. Spotted another slipping through the area with does the second. I have no self control and took a small buck after he got done running around with some does and walked right into my lap.

Don't be discouraged about seeing does. You never know if a buck is around just because. If nothing else it gives you a chance to study their appearance and movement to help develop your game eye cuz those suckers are so hard to spot.

All good thoughts.  Congrats on ending your season, even if it wasn't a trophy.  I'm expecting tag soup this season, cause I don't need the meat and I'm telling myself I can pass on lesser bucks and wait for mister big.  We'll see how that all shakes out.  I'll probably end up with a spike that I swore was a four-point. 

Saw one doe today out on a firewood run after dropping my boy at school.   Took my rifle, forgot my binocs, knife, and pack.  Got all my firewood safety gear loaded along with gas, and bar oil, but turned out I forgot my chainsaw too.  Wasted day! 

No reason to get all excited about whether the deer are rutting yet.  That's why I was looking for "early season reports" .  The rut thread won't start for another day or two.   :chuckle:  Good luck out there.

Fishnfur - where in longview are you?  I'm out by Bakers Corner and hunt the treefarm in 550.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Rob on October 15, 2019, 11:57:11 AM
I will start by saying I know nothing about blacktails, a little about whitetails, and marginally more about muliesÖ

I recently moved to Monroe, and I have a few game cameras I put out and play with. 

I have probably 8-10 decent bucks show on camera from Spring through mid-August.  Time of day does not seem to matter, they show morning, mid-day, evening and night time with no real patterns I have detected yet.

Then poof - anything with more than 2 points is apparently abducted by aliens or something!  The abductions are timed to when the velvet goes away.  Not really seeing any rubs either.

Many many does and fawns continue to show, but the bucks all go into hiding (perhaps they have viet-cong tunnel systems cause the does are clearly bearing fawns!). 

The land I am putting cameras on is not hunted, nor from what I can tell do my neighbors. 

Just some raw data to toss out there to be bantered about!
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: skagitsteel on October 15, 2019, 01:48:13 PM
I will start by saying I know nothing about blacktails, a little about whitetails, and marginally more about muliesÖ

I recently moved to Monroe, and I have a few game cameras I put out and play with. 

I have probably 8-10 decent bucks show on camera from Spring through mid-August.  Time of day does not seem to matter, they show morning, mid-day, evening and night time with no real patterns I have detected yet.

Then poof - anything with more than 2 points is apparently abducted by aliens or something!  The abductions are timed to when the velvet goes away.  Not really seeing any rubs either.

Many many does and fawns continue to show, but the bucks all go into hiding (perhaps they have viet-cong tunnel systems cause the does are clearly bearing fawns!). 

The land I am putting cameras on is not hunted, nor from what I can tell do my neighbors. 

Just some raw data to toss out there to be bantered about!


They don't have tunnel systems, once blacktail bucks reach about 5 years in age they learn to climb trees  :chuckle:  Just keep after it one of these days you'll catch a good one when he steps down to stretch his legs
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: WapitiTalk1 on October 15, 2019, 02:25:19 PM
  I have probably 8-10 decent bucks show on camera from Spring through mid-August.  Time of day does not seem to matter, they show morning, mid-day, evening and night time with no real patterns I have detected yet.

Then poof - anything with more than 2 points is apparently abducted by aliens or something!  The abductions are timed to when the velvet goes away.  Not really seeing any rubs either. 

Yes sir, typical for the mature BT bucks. A theory that I happen to agree with is that when the bucks are in velvet their antlers are very tender/sensitive and they will spend more time out of their thick hidey-holes than they normally would to avoid those hard branches touching/rubbing, snagging at their sore head gear.  Once they've finally rubbed the velvet off (yep, that's where the vast majority of the BT rubs come from... velvet shedding), then they'll move back into their brushy fortresses until it's time to become a little dumber and come out to date some of the does  ;)   
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: RafaelG on October 15, 2019, 07:12:14 PM
I've seen lots of does and a possible buck on my land
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: cooltimber on October 15, 2019, 07:24:43 PM
gold bar this morning at 8;35 a 2pt,spike,doe. in back yard. 2pt sniffing the doe. yesterday saw zip after couple of miles stopping and glassing. lol go fiqure.lol  have 7 acres and have seen a nice 3x3 a couple x's during august.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: lokidog on October 15, 2019, 09:19:48 PM
  I have probably 8-10 decent bucks show on camera from Spring through mid-August.  Time of day does not seem to matter, they show morning, mid-day, evening and night time with no real patterns I have detected yet.

Then poof - anything with more than 2 points is apparently abducted by aliens or something!  The abductions are timed to when the velvet goes away.  Not really seeing any rubs either. 

Yes sir, typical for the mature BT bucks. A theory that I happen to agree with is that when the bucks are in velvet their antlers are very tender/sensitive and they will spend more time out of their thick hidey-holes than they normally would to avoid those hard branches touching/rubbing, snagging at their sore head gear.  Once they've finally rubbed the velvet off (yep, that's where the vast majority of the BT rubs come from... velvet shedding), then they'll move back into their brushy fortresses until it's time to become a little dumber and come out to date some of the does  ;)   

That's why archery season was invented.  :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 15, 2019, 10:21:55 PM
I have seen so many blacktail bucks this year. I have simplified my approach to the same areas I normally hunt. I have been walking less, sitting longer, and glassing harder.

The rut is definitely not on but I spotted a very nice buck glued to a doe on opening day. Spotted another slipping through the area with does the second. I have no self control and took a small buck after he got done running around with some does and walked right into my lap.

Don't be discouraged about seeing does. You never know if a buck is around just because. If nothing else it gives you a chance to study their appearance and movement to help develop your game eye cuz those suckers are so hard to spot.

All good thoughts.  Congrats on ending your season, even if it wasn't a trophy.  I'm expecting tag soup this season, cause I don't need the meat and I'm telling myself I can pass on lesser bucks and wait for mister big.  We'll see how that all shakes out.  I'll probably end up with a spike that I swore was a four-point. 

Saw one doe today out on a firewood run after dropping my boy at school.   Took my rifle, forgot my binocs, knife, and pack.  Got all my firewood safety gear loaded along with gas, and bar oil, but turned out I forgot my chainsaw too.  Wasted day! 

No reason to get all excited about whether the deer are rutting yet.  That's why I was looking for "early season reports" .  The rut thread won't start for another day or two.   :chuckle:  Good luck out there.

Fishnfur - where in longview are you?  I'm out by Bakers Corner and hunt the treefarm in 550.

PM sent.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: predatorG on October 16, 2019, 09:07:29 AM
We've been out for the past three days in the Bear Creak/Dewatto area (GMU 627-bordering 633)and have seen nothing but does. However this is our first time hunting in Washington State and we're still figuring things out.

PM me. I've hunted that spot a couple times and would love to BS over it. Last year I hunted there over Christmas break... the same day Port Orchard got hit by that weird tornado thing. Crappiest hunting weather ever, which supposedly means great hunting. Either way, I haven't been home since last December. I normally hunt some private land by my house but I know a little bit about the areas out there.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Rob on October 16, 2019, 11:06:06 AM
  I have probably 8-10 decent bucks show on camera from Spring through mid-August.  Time of day does not seem to matter, they show morning, mid-day, evening and night time with no real patterns I have detected yet.

Then poof - anything with more than 2 points is apparently abducted by aliens or something!  The abductions are timed to when the velvet goes away.  Not really seeing any rubs either. 

Yes sir, typical for the mature BT bucks. A theory that I happen to agree with is that when the bucks are in velvet their antlers are very tender/sensitive and they will spend more time out of their thick hidey-holes than they normally would to avoid those hard branches touching/rubbing, snagging at their sore head gear.  Once they've finally rubbed the velvet off (yep, that's where the vast majority of the BT rubs come from... velvet shedding), then they'll move back into their brushy fortresses until it's time to become a little dumber and come out to date some of the does  ;)   

Seems like a solid theory to me
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 16, 2019, 11:16:28 AM
We've been out for the past three days in the Bear Creak/Dewatto area (GMU 627-bordering 633)and have seen nothing but does. However this is our first time hunting in Washington State and we're still figuring things out.

PM me. I've hunted that spot a couple times and would love to BS over it. Last year I hunted there over Christmas break... the same day Port Orchard got hit by that weird tornado thing. Crappiest hunting weather ever, which supposedly means great hunting. Either way, I haven't been home since last December. I normally hunt some private land by my house but I know a little bit about the areas out there.

Really??  I went out to Dewatto during the late season two years ago.  Outside Capitol peak, that was the most hunters I'd seen in one area in Western WA during deer season (of course I've never been in Vail).  There's some closed gates on Manke Timberlands and DNR lands south of there that are less pressured and a lot more enjoyable to hunt.  Do what you've gotta do though.  Every year, several nice bucks are harvested near there.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: LeeRay on October 16, 2019, 12:15:14 PM
We went out yesterday too on Pope land (different gate than on Monday). Saw lots of droppings, both doe and buck, one buck rub and tons of bedding areas, but didn't see anything larger than a chipmunk!

To be clear, I am extremely inexperienced, and my husband hunted white tail on the east coast way back when. Doing lots of research and we are sticking to Pope land right now as we figure there are less hunters there.

Yesterday, we were completely alone. No hunters at all, even at dusk. It was weird. We heard about 3 gun shots way off in the distance at one point at dusk, but that was it. No one was out hunting. As we drove home we saw only two other vehicles parked at other gates. Definitely not what we expected of hunting season. Maybe everyone decided this year to go elsewhere?
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishngamereaper on October 16, 2019, 12:20:06 PM
Deer Numbers are down in Kitsap and north Mason..and lots of guys go east for the first week...next week will see an uptick in people until modern elk starts...keep hitting area's you see sign...late next week the bucks should start moving..
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Turner89 on October 16, 2019, 12:50:14 PM
Deer Numbers are down in Kitsap and north Mason..and lots of guys go east for the first week...next week will see an uptick in people until modern elk starts...keep hitting area's you see sign...late next week the bucks should start moving..
Yes, same deal here in our area. The guys that go east and get skunked will be plugging up the parking at the gates...unless it's raining, then it won't be to bad. :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: LeeRay on October 16, 2019, 01:34:57 PM
I never thought I'd actually look forward to rain, lol!
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: lokidog on October 16, 2019, 08:07:21 PM
Saw a buck following a doe today out here, definitely was with her with rut on his mind.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: RetiredBuck on October 16, 2019, 09:34:50 PM
Deer Numbers are down in Kitsap and north Mason..and lots of guys go east for the first week...next week will see an uptick in people until modern elk starts...keep hitting area's you see sign...late next week the bucks should start moving..
  I don't know about the numbers in Kitsap but here in Mason the numbers seem to be up or at least par with last year.  I counted 13 does and fawns the other night in a field near here.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Birdguy on October 16, 2019, 09:35:49 PM
Saw two different bucks cruising the street last night outside of Gig Harbor! Just at dark and a couple hours later 3x3 and 4x? big necks walking right down the road, no fear!! Getting close.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 16, 2019, 10:31:59 PM
Deer Numbers are down in Kitsap and north Mason..and lots of guys go east for the first week...next week will see an uptick in people until modern elk starts...keep hitting area's you see sign...late next week the bucks should start moving..
  I don't know about the numbers in Kitsap but here in Mason the numbers seem to be up or at least par with last year.  I counted 13 does and fawns the other night in a field near here.

SShhhhhh........   :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 16, 2019, 10:34:15 PM
Saw two different bucks cruising the street last night outside of Gig Harbor! Just at dark and a couple hours later 3x3 and 4x? big necks walking right down the road, no fear!! Getting close.

Local pets.  They have names and come when you call them.  Those folks don't take kindly to you killing their pets right in the middle of town either.  Go figure?!   :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: BONEHUNTERNW on October 17, 2019, 08:30:18 AM
  I have probably 8-10 decent bucks show on camera from Spring through mid-August.  Time of day does not seem to matter, they show morning, mid-day, evening and night time with no real patterns I have detected yet.

Then poof - anything with more than 2 points is apparently abducted by aliens or something!  The abductions are timed to when the velvet goes away.  Not really seeing any rubs either. 

Yes sir, typical for the mature BT bucks. A theory that I happen to agree with is that when the bucks are in velvet their antlers are very tender/sensitive and they will spend more time out of their thick hidey-holes than they normally would to avoid those hard branches touching/rubbing, snagging at their sore head gear.  Once they've finally rubbed the velvet off (yep, that's where the vast majority of the BT rubs come from... velvet shedding), then they'll move back into their brushy fortresses until it's time to become a little dumber and come out to date some of the does  ;)   

Seems like a solid theory to me

I agree with this, I too had around 10 bucks on camera this summer. It was fun watching them grow and anticipating what they would become. However I'd say after week 1 sept they really dissapeared right about when they were out of their velvet. Didnt see much of anything for the later half of sept for bucks. First real sign of bucks, was after that cold snap oct9th. The next morning was blue bird and I had 3 different smaller bucks on camera. Two 2x2 and a 3pt with eye guards, smaller one though. Anyway I am hoping the rut brings the big guys back out, I have my eyes set on this guy he has a unique rack..... just gotta put in the tine
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: lokidog on October 17, 2019, 09:49:57 AM
No pun intended Bonehunter?  :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: boneaddict on October 17, 2019, 11:19:18 AM
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Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 17, 2019, 07:56:38 PM
 :chuckle: :chuckle: :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: lokidog on October 17, 2019, 08:10:03 PM
Saw this one hanging with the doe in the grass for at least a half hour.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: LeeRay on October 17, 2019, 09:25:35 PM
My husband got a deer tonight!!! Same place we've been staking out the past few days.

You guys all rock!!! If it wasn't for all the advise here I don't think it would've happened. Its not a huge buck, but we are still really stoked. Now I just have to fill my tag!!
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: CavemantheHunter on October 18, 2019, 05:42:14 AM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191018/e7af6028b7fe8a22cb952f7545254a9b.jpg)

Itís starting. This is mid-day in Lacey. Buck was pushing the doe.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: WSU on October 18, 2019, 11:32:28 AM
I saw a masher 4x4, plus eye guards, cruising at 10 a.m. this morning in my neighborhood. 
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: LeeRay on October 18, 2019, 01:45:32 PM
Deer Numbers are down in Kitsap and north Mason..and lots of guys go east for the first week...next week will see an uptick in people until modern elk starts...keep hitting area's you see sign...late next week the bucks should start moving..

Brought our buck to Farmer George in Port Orchard for processing and they are nearly full to capacity with deer from eastern washington. Busiest they've ever been. If I fill my tag we will have to call before we show up to make sure they have room.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishngamereaper on October 18, 2019, 01:55:35 PM
Deer Numbers are down in Kitsap and north Mason..and lots of guys go east for the first week...next week will see an uptick in people until modern elk starts...keep hitting area's you see sign...late next week the bucks should start moving..

Brought our buck to Farmer George in Port Orchard for processing and they are nearly full to capacity with deer from eastern washington. Busiest they've ever been. If I fill my tag we will have to call before we show up to make sure they have room.

I wouldn't let that shop touch my animals..but I butcher my own so it's a non issue..

I know of more deer hit by cars in Kitsap than harvested..this next week should be better though.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: slowhand on October 18, 2019, 03:01:55 PM
Deer Numbers are down in Kitsap and north Mason..and lots of guys go east for the first week...next week will see an uptick in people until modern elk starts...keep hitting area's you see sign...late next week the bucks should start moving..

Brought our buck to Farmer George in Port Orchard for processing and they are nearly full to capacity with deer from eastern washington. Busiest they've ever been. If I fill my tag we will have to call before we show up to make sure they have room.
My hunting partner stopped in at the local butcher We use. They are full to capacity with wild game. unable to take anymore at this time. That's the first time I can ever remember this happening. Something must be going on?
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: npaull on October 18, 2019, 04:40:36 PM
Saw a buck pretty tight on a doe today with a neck starting to get there west of Olympia. Broad daylight.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: elkrack on October 18, 2019, 04:56:01 PM
Watching a big buck right now and his neck is all swoll up! Heís pushing a 3 point around
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 18, 2019, 10:25:15 PM
My husband got a deer tonight!!! Same place we've been staking out the past few days.

You guys all rock!!! If it wasn't for all the advise here I don't think it would've happened. Its not a huge buck, but we are still really stoked. Now I just have to fill my tag!!

Happy to hear of your husband's success.  You're next. 

I'm up in Mason today.  Neighbor told me he saw a three point out at 8:00 AM walking the road.  I spend 5.5 hours in the box this afternoon in Kitsap, pissing rain, then thunderstorms and massive rain.  Saw 0 deer, 2 bunnies.   :tup:    Glad to be out of that weather.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: lokidog on October 19, 2019, 05:01:42 PM
Buck tending a doe on the side of an island. And one swimming across Lopez Pass . The doe was already on shore.(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191020/a39e334869916b636f44c4d1727c22c8.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191020/412cfcd8face4e2d8d593ff60780412c.jpg)

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Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishngamereaper on October 19, 2019, 05:31:08 PM
Typical pre rut stuff.... timing will be perfect .. another 4-5 days before wide open.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 19, 2019, 08:58:25 PM
Another swimmer makes to to Decatur!  New genes for the swimming pool!

Edit:  BTW: excellent photo Loki
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Crunchy on October 19, 2019, 09:09:58 PM
Necks are not swollen up yet.  Saw a 2 point another hunter shot yesterday that was with 2 does.  He wasn't all swollen up yet either.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 19, 2019, 09:48:24 PM
Ran into a couple of forkies today.  Temped on the larger one.  I'm not sure if he's two or three years old, but he had some weight to him.  Once i decided to pass them, I pulled out my phone.  Pretty hard to see them in their winter coats.  Let me know if you need help finding them in the video.








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Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 19, 2019, 10:13:15 PM
So anyway, those two bucks split up.  I ran into the smaller one about a hundred yards north of that spot, once I decided to move.  He was on on the far side of some smaller timber, and very close to my pop-u[ blind..  He was not at all happy to see me again, and exited quickly.   I went to the far upper corner of the property to pull my trailcam out of the woods and ran into the bigger buck just turning the corner of the 25 year old timber, right where my cam was.  As I got to that corner, I found that buck hanging with a doe, who was clearly surprised at my presence.  I turned my back to them and shot a quick video over my shoulder as she headed into the woods (the buck was clearly miffed that I was spoiling his date). 

With nowhere else to hunt, I pulled Scotch Broom for about 20 minutes or so as I worked my way back to my truck.  Out of the corner of my eye, I see the buck in full chase mode, the doe running for her life.  Both of them covered roughly most of the two  to three hundred yards around the edge of the property faster than I could pull my phone and shoot.I   got the last 75 yards or so of the chase but the video quality is a bit lacking, so I won't bother posting it.  All in all, a fun morning.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Birdguy on October 19, 2019, 10:21:27 PM
Sounds like a good day for sure!! Saw a 3 pt in a yard this  morning about 8 with a couple does. They were eating he was sniffing!
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Mallardmasher on October 19, 2019, 11:39:07 PM
My bucks are all rutted up chasing does, have seen 5 breedings so far. It is an early rut year
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: deerhunter_98520 on October 20, 2019, 10:03:21 AM
I was watching a doe for with 2 yearlings this morning and the doe started blowing and took off running . Spotted them again in the next cut over about 300 yds away and did the same thing but stopped about 60yds away and watched her backtrail. I expected a cat, coyote or somthing to be after them, then a 1.5yr old spike came out of the timber and started scent checking and chasing them around. The does wanted nothing to do with him and ran off in the timber.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: lokidog on October 20, 2019, 10:19:24 AM
Another swimmer makes to to Decatur!  New genes for the swimming pool!

Edit:  BTW: excellent photo Loki

Thanks, he swam away from Decatur but onto a tiny piece of public land on the north end of the Paul Allen Lopez Island peninsula.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 20, 2019, 01:51:12 PM
Seems like most of the daylight activity was taking place between 8:00 and 9:00 AM in Mason.  All the rifle fire occurred during these hours over the two days I was up there.  Trail cam pics confirm morning activity at that time as well.  Didn't see jack in Kitsap.  Very little rifle fire over many hours where I was.  I saw three mature doe in 2.5 days.  None had kids with them.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: 7mm Bob on October 20, 2019, 02:12:17 PM
I hunted two of my new favorite clear cuts this weekend. Saturday I walked in in the dark. Got there as it got good and light out. Scanning the cut there were four deer on the edge 104 yds away. I got hidden as best I could, got the binos out. Three does and a fawn. I watched them for at least half an hour thinking there should be a buck around. If there was he never showed himself in the two hours I was there. They eventually fed their way into the dark timber. Ended up soaked even with rain gear. No rubs or any sign there was a buck there.

Today I decided not to go back to that cut. Didn't want to push with no sign of a buck. Went to the other cut instead. Got the a little late 8:30. Glassed and glassed. Nada. I moved to the other side of the cut and again glassed repeatedly. About my third complete scan I could just make out a head about 200 yds away right in the very middle of the cut. Moved around a little to get a good look. Another doe. I moved closer, 86 yards away. She was solo. Didn't see another deer of any kind with her. After watching her for an hour she stood up and started feeding. Then she laid back down in the exact spot she was bedded in before. I snuck away with her never knowing I was there. No rubs or other buck sign there.

No success but I have a solid plan for next weekend.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 20, 2019, 02:28:11 PM
Hopefully, you keep checking back on those doe. 


In my report earlier, I forgot to add that there was a tall crazy long legged buck (2 X ?) in my back yard at 1:00 PM when I got home and let the dogs out.  I didn't recognize the buck from my trail cam vids, but his eyes were bugged out of his head when he saw me turn the corner of the house.  He had some crazy antler shape on the left side .  The top of that buck's head was nearly at the 5 foot level and his anters were my eye level, and I'm six feet tall.  Possibly eating apples, possibly cruising for doe scent.  He ran like his ass was on fire when he saw me, and the dogs took chase till I called them back.  Ever seen a Yorkie chase a buck?   Hilarious!
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: brew on October 20, 2019, 05:13:26 PM
son in law plowed one yesterday right about this time...small horns, nice body. Literally 50 feet from the road.  when I walked up there I could smell it from the road.  Not swelled up but his tarsals were pee soaked and he stunk bad
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishngamereaper on October 20, 2019, 05:19:07 PM
Pretty quiet today..few rubs but they aren't serious rut type rubs...just playing around rubs...ive noticed some local town town/ pet type deer may be chasing does...but the well off the road, public land deer are acting as they should for this time of year...still got a week or so...
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Birdguy on October 20, 2019, 05:50:20 PM
Mom had the big buck (4x5) one of three she saw in August in the yard last night about  530. Said she walked to within 30 feet of him before he finally decided to walk the other way. She said he had his nose to the ground like a hunting dog, while he looked up several times he paid her no mind at all. She has a good rub on a 5" diameter pine tree in her yard too. She lives in south Kitsap area.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: WapitiChaser on October 20, 2019, 06:10:47 PM
Hmmm. Tried to post some from my property.  They are definitely out there.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: WapitiChaser on October 20, 2019, 06:13:31 PM
Better angle on the two brothers.  They didnít care at all that I walked within 50 feet of them
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: WapitiChaser on October 20, 2019, 06:18:53 PM
More of the brothers
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: kodiak 907 on October 20, 2019, 07:23:22 PM
Itís definitely starting early.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: slowhand on October 20, 2019, 10:10:36 PM
Report from Lewis county
Multiple bucks and does spotted out during the day light.
Two bucks harvested, a 4 point and a small 3x1.
My hunting partner had a chance at a different 4 point and a forky just didnít come together for him.
Almost all the bucks had does with them.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: 257 Wby Mag on October 20, 2019, 10:16:10 PM
Itís definitely starting early.

No, it's not, the weather has em on their feet a little more than most seasons,it'll be the same time as always, again......
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: LeeRay on October 21, 2019, 09:40:10 AM
Didnít see anything this morning while hunting, but saw a 3 pt buck run/walking on the side of the road in Gorst on the way back home.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: lokidog on October 21, 2019, 12:50:10 PM
Hmmm. Tried to post some from my property.  They are definitely out there.

Is that buck in the second photo still in velvet?
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Spuddieselwwu on October 21, 2019, 12:57:02 PM
This guy came into one of my spots for the first time last night... I've been tracking a lot of bucks in and out - this guy is new.   I think I had him on cam about 2 months early about 2.5mi away as the crow flies...

Also found this new rub that is fresh within the last 24h.  It's getting close, boys!
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: jackelope on October 21, 2019, 02:02:51 PM
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Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: SkookumHntr on October 21, 2019, 03:26:25 PM
 :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: trophyhunt on October 21, 2019, 03:36:50 PM
I was going to post that meme Josh, too funny!  (Except for some reason I can no longer post pics on Huntwa)!!  :bash:
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Spuddieselwwu on October 21, 2019, 10:47:51 PM
This guy came into one of my spots for the first time last night... I've been tracking a lot of bucks in and out - this guy is new.   I think I had him on cam about 2 months early about 2.5mi away as the crow flies...

Also found this new rub that is fresh within the last 24h.  It's getting close, boys!

Here he was early sept... I think.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Justdecent on October 22, 2019, 08:40:01 AM
I hit it hard all weekend in Lewis county as well. Saturday morning was good but after that it has been miserably slow. I have seen one rub and zero signs of rutting activity. Should be changing any day now though.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: browney5er on October 22, 2019, 12:06:17 PM
If you did you're pre season scouting you should be in the Deer. No the bucks aren't rutting no the bucks aren't gonna rut earlier this year. Some bucks live with in the doe groups that's why you see bucks running around with doe at all times of the year. The cooler temps are what is making deer move more during day light hours. Got over 16 cameras out and all have bucks in the day light hours. The bigger loner bucks are still in there holes they'll be moving looking for the chicks at the same time they do every single year. Not uncommon to find rubs this time of year or throughout September how else do they get the velvet off. Good luck everyone keep hunting and quit believing in folklore.


So could you drop some of your knowledge on us and tell us when the rut will start. Iím dead serious if youíve spent 15 years of your life and claim to know when it starts then this is the perfect place for you to help out your fellow hunters. That way we can all mark that date on our calendars and be sure to be in the deer woods. I was under the assumption that many things contributed to when the rut starts Iím glad to here I can just target one date. Looking forward to hearing when that is.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 23, 2019, 12:06:35 AM
Browney5er:  ??

I'm not sure if you're asking a serious question and messed it up by inserting it into the other quote.  It appears that way, but it could be you're teasing the previous input quoted.  I'll assume it is the former and explain it this way:

The best hunting should be in the first weeks of November, when the season is closed (that makes sense I hope).  That is just before the peak of the rut, when the majority of bucks are trying to find does in estrus and ready to breed.  Outside that time frame, the best legal hunting should be very good the last few days of this month and the four days of the late season, because estrus is an individual thing.  Some does come into heat earlier than others, which gets the bucks searching for the first sex encounter of the season.  Every day that goes by, your chances of seeing a buck cruising through the woods to find a doe goes up until the end of the month.  You cannot predict when that buck will be there, so you need to be out there as much as possible.  The more time you spend in the woods, the better your opportunity to see a buck.  But if your time is limited, the days mentioned earlier are the best of the season.  Maybe that helps.  (?)  Good luck out there!
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: deerhunter_98520 on October 23, 2019, 07:19:25 AM
Just had a 2pt sniffin the pavement and didn't want to move and not a mile down the road had a small spike doin the same thing and just walked down the road. Didn't care I was there
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Okanagan on October 23, 2019, 08:01:42 AM
Rut activity is neither on a precise timetable nor is it way early or late.  It is a pattern or bell curve of individual animals.  There will be individual outliers that are early or late but the majority will cluster in the middle, which is about the first and second week of November in Western WA.

Re individuals:  in most species, the males get interested in breeding long before the females, and stay interested longer than the females (who lose interest once bred).  That seems to be especially true of younger males.

By early to certainly mid-October some bucks will begin to act differently and less wary than they do the rest of the year.  Some will hang around to see what is walking through the woods (me) rather than sneak away before I see them.  By mid rut many will be walking around all day looking for receptive does and some will act absolutely stupid.  i.e.  In mid rut a mature big buck jumped off of the road into thick timber, then came right back, stuck his head into the road and looked at our vehicle as if to ask, ďAre you a hot doe by any chance?Ē

By early to mid-October some will begin to come to calling sounds more than they do the rest of the year.  All of these less wary and more curious responses also carry over till after the rut for some bucks, hopeful for one last receptive female. 

So, the deer are out there all year.  Hunt them when you can.  As the rut approaches, as defined by actual breeding, bucks get more active and less wary, one at a time.  That's the one I hope to encounter.

On Oct. 17 I killed a mature blacktail, rut influenced IMO.  He heard me coming through brush into an open spot and was looking at me, but he waited in the open to get a good look rather than simply sneak away.  I attributed his less cautious action to a building rut drive, causing him to delay escape and check to see if I was a receptive female.  I could be wrong but the tag is filled.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: TriggerMike on October 23, 2019, 11:25:17 AM
Browney5er:  ??

I'm not sure if you're asking a serious question and messed it up by inserting it into the other quote.  It appears that way, but it could be you're teasing the previous input quoted.  I'll assume it is the former and explain it this way:

The best hunting should be in the first weeks of November, when the season is closed (that makes sense I hope).  That is just before the peak of the rut, when the majority of bucks are trying to find does in estrus and ready to breed.  Outside that time frame, the best legal hunting should be very good the last few days of this month and the four days of the late season, because estrus is an individual thing.  Some does come into heat earlier than others, which gets the bucks searching for the first sex encounter of the season.  Every day that goes by, your chances of seeing a buck cruising through the woods to find a doe goes up until the end of the month.  You cannot predict when that buck will be there, so you need to be out there as much as possible.  The more time you spend in the woods, the better your opportunity to see a buck.  But if your time is limited, the days mentioned earlier are the best of the season. Maybe that helps.  (?)  Good luck out there!

 :yeah: 100% agree.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 24, 2019, 11:01:25 PM
Just spent two days killing scotch broom in the cut I shot that earlier video in.  Did not see a single deer in there, which is really unusual.  I could hear them moving in the timber occasionally.  Sounded like some chasing going on, at least here and there, but nothing serious yet.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: elkrack on October 24, 2019, 11:35:03 PM
Hereís a gig harbor stud! All swoll up
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: kramman on October 25, 2019, 07:07:23 AM
In the last week walking thru pt. Defiance in the a.m. I've seen a 4x3, 2 3x3s a 2x1 and a spike. The spike was chasing a doe and 1 of the 3s was falling does. I believe the bucks are ready... hadn't seen a buck all summer thru there. And the does are not in their regular spot.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 25, 2019, 10:47:23 PM
The does may be hiding from the rowdy young bucks.  I'm not seeing them in their normal spots either   The few I've seen have not had their kids in tow, which makes you wonder just how close they are to being ready to breed.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: h20hunter on October 25, 2019, 10:56:44 PM
Going to be a good weekend.  See you out there.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: emskou on October 28, 2019, 07:46:17 AM
This guy showed up yesterday at 10:00am


Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 28, 2019, 09:34:18 PM
I hate BT hunting in cold clear weather!  Sat in the box for 5.5 hours today, nothing moved till noon, when suddenly a willow bush was attacked at 170 yards out.  That got my blood pumping.  I glassed but could only see the back of the animal.  Since I'm in a firearm restricted area and I'm shooting a slug gun, I've got some time before anything serious needs to happen.  I put down the gun and shot a vid of the bush getting thrashed, and then glassed again.  Out comes a deer, and I'm thinking doe once I saw it.  Nope!  Just a small fat as hell little spike walking away with a lot of attitude.  That was the entire morning in five lines. 

Moved to my second cut, bumped two does coming in from the downwind side.  They seemed really relaxed, like no bucks had been bothering them. Sat three more hours glassing and waiting for action.  Two more doe came out at 5:30ish.  One was blowing and stomping, then jumping around.  Over and over again.  She was really causing a scene.  The other was just hiding behind her.  I could easily hear her blowing and jumping around at 100 yards away.  I've no idea what she was doing, but it may have been the same doe I saw the forkie chase around the perimeter of that cut last week.  She may have been trying to flush him out if he was hiding in the cut.  She eventually stomped her way down lower into the cut, probing through the dead ferns like she was looking for something.  I've never seen anything like it before, so I don't know what to make of it. 
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 28, 2019, 09:49:16 PM
I got sidetracked and forgot what my report really was.  Seems really slow.  No bucks moving.  Heard a shot at 0915 and one at 1015 that sounded like shots on deer.  That was it for the entire day!  Either no one is hunting or no one is seeing bucks.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishngamereaper on October 29, 2019, 05:01:18 AM
Pretty slow...cold at night has them up and around. They are bedded up most of the day..and some bucks are on the prowl but the rut is not hot by any means...this weeks weather is not ideal for blacktail hunting unfortunately..
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Skyvalhunter on October 29, 2019, 05:02:56 AM
 :tup:
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 29, 2019, 07:07:47 PM
0900:  Had a spike chase a doe out into the cut I was sitting on this AM. Cold and windy but they didn't care. She ran like hell and finally lost the little guy.  She came down right in front of my blind and hung out a bit.  Her tail was sticking straight out, horizontal to the ground.  Hot Doe!!!  She stands there a bit, tucks herself into the brush, puts her butt to the wind so that it carries her scent downwind of her and into the sloped, heavy brushed in area farther down the draw.  I"m thinking GOLDEN TICKET!

0915:  I planned on a pretty quick response because of where she positioned herself to the stand of Alder, brush and inpenetrable thicket.  I can see her ears working as she's listening for her suitor.  Less than 10 minutes later, mature 3-point massive bodied buck jumps out of the brush and they are in love......
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: blackveltbowhunter on October 29, 2019, 07:35:18 PM
That is a terrible leave fishnfur :chuckle:
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Bullkllr on October 29, 2019, 08:19:59 PM
Dude...that's just wrong!
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: sagerat on October 29, 2019, 08:43:37 PM
No kidding, whereís the grip and grin already...
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: elkrack on October 29, 2019, 09:15:32 PM
Thereís was a heavy 3 point cruisin along the Jersey barrier along 1-5 at the Tacoma dome this morning  :chuckle: if I had a passenger they would have been able to give the buck a high five
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 29, 2019, 09:31:14 PM
I wish there was a happy ending to the story.  I'd been hoping for the 3 X 4 or the wide forkie thqt I had caught on my cam earlier in the season.  This buck comes in, he's easily five, maybe six years old, and an almost replica (but bigger) of the buck I killed there five years ago.  Just a gorgeous animal.  He was golden in the sun, probably somewhere between summer and winter coats.  I saw the antlers and even though he was pretty wide, I was going to pass on him, but once he stepped out into the clearing, it became apparent that this was not a deer to pass on, even though it was not the ones I'd hoped for.

I grabbed my gun while he was hopping around the doe, seemingly very happy to meet her.  I clicked off the safety and put the crosshairs just behind his shoulder and took the shot.  He reared up on his hind legs, swung around in a 180 and fell to the ground.  He got up after a second ran about 10 feet, and fell again.  He stayed there for maybe five seconds.  He started to get up again, so I jacked another round into my chamber and he hopped  for another 10 yards and fell.  I tried to put another shot in him there.  He fell with his head and antlers facing me and the rest of his body hidden in the brush.  I put my scope on him, but the morning sun at 0930 was reflecting into my scope at the direction he was laying from me. I couldn't see anything clearly, so I just watched.  He tried to get up once more, but didn't get anything more than a struggle to get up before he gave up and lay still. 

So, as is the norm for me, I swear that is the last buck I will ever kill, since I really hate killing these beautiful animals.  I suck up my gut and ready myself for an afternoon of hard work (I hate work these days...I'm retired).  While I'm getting my gear ready to get out of the blind, the doe comes back to look for her boyfriend.  I sit patiently and let her look around and once I can no longer see her, exit the elevated blind and head out to get my rig.  I'm taking my time since it's still early and I've got all day to suffer through the work ahead.  I open the forest gate and drive in, find some timbers to lay on the tailgate so I can slide the deer up onto the bed of the truck.  I came back about 45 minutes, plus or minus 5 minutes later to get the buck. 

Last summer, I'd bought a deer drag utility sled/toboggan looking thing made out of plastic that seemed perfect to help me get a deer out of this spot, so I emptied my hunting pack except for knives, game bags, etc,  Trying to keep my load light, because I've got a bad back, I left my gun in the truck and headed out loaded only with the sled and the pack with butchering gear. 

I work my way out to where I shot the deer, dragging that stupid sled behind me, looking for the buck in the waist-tall brush and blackberries.  I've got a good idea where he is, but from ground level, 30ish feet below my blind, I can't see him like I could from the top of the hill.  I'm working my way back and forth, knowing that I am close, and suddenly the brush erupts!  That freeking buck is up and running up the hill.  He stops 25 - 30 yards up the hill from me, turns, quartering away, and just looks at me over his shoulder.  He's not moving, just looking at me.  I'm standing there with that stupid sled in one hand and an imaginary big swinging **** in the other.  I have no response.  I'm standing there looking at a resurrected ghost of a buck, basically flipping me off, and I cannot do anything at all.  I just mentally mark his location, turn and walk away.  '

I felt sick, since I didn't believe the animal would live.  I couldn't figure out what kind of shot would allow a buck to get up 45 minutes after being shot and run away like it had never happened.  The rifled 20 ga. slug gun was zeroed at 3.5 inches high at 100 yards so that it would be zero at 150  yards, and it was accurate.  Tops, my shot shouldn't have been higher than 4.5 inches high in my mind.  On a deer this size, it should have been a kill shot.  Whatever the case, it was enough to drop it and keep it immobile for 45 minutes, and then the deer was all better.   To be safe, I pulled out and gave the deer 2.5 hours then returned and did grid searches of the hillside of where he was headed when he gave me the finger.  I never found any blood, and quite obviously, never found him. 

After the fact, I've got a feeling that perhaps I backstrapped him with the shot, stunning his spinal chord so that he couldn't run. By the time I'd got back to him, He'd recovered enough to get up and go.  I'm now feeling like he was not mortally wounded.  He looked too alive when I saw him, too normal.  He's likely got a bad flesh wound that hopefully will heal without complications.

I totally destroyed the area looking for him this afternoon.  I bumped three does from beds and left my stink all over the spot.  Times like these, I think about taking up a new sport......  What to do tomorrow?????
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: 7mmfan on October 29, 2019, 09:44:19 PM
Man that is rough. I'm going to say something, and it is in no way meant to be derogatory or demeaning, it comes from my own personal experience very similar to this. I was with my dad when he neck shot a cow elk several years ago. She tipped right over in her bed, lights out. Rather than moving g directly to her to make sure,  he walked away to get his pack, odds and ends, something I dont remember,  but he'd be gone a few minutes. In that time frame, I watched the cow wake up, stagger around, gain her feet and then bed down again. As dad approached from a different direction probably 10 minutes later she got up and left like nothing ever happened.

Moral of the story,  if you think they're dead, make sure they're dead before you walk off to get stuff. Just eliminates one more potential situation like this.

I feel your pain, I'm with you though, I think you rattled him good somehow, but it probably won't kill him. Get back out there and give them hell until it's over in a couple days.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 29, 2019, 10:20:30 PM
Thanks man.  Been a tough day.  Easy to second guess every move you make in the woods.  There's a lot of mistakes to be made.  I'm just getting tired of making them.  I just hope the deer is OK.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: TriggerMike on October 29, 2019, 10:21:26 PM
You never went and checked out the buck before heading to the truck...? I couldn't imagine doing that. Anyway, I'd give it a day then be back in there on Halloween. Sounds like he was rutting pretty good, he'll be back at some point.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: TriggerMike on October 29, 2019, 10:35:26 PM
On a different note, saw a very big buck today with a doe at 5:00 PM on the edge of a cut, heading up into the timber. Couldn't get a shot though. She was running, and he was chasing her. Hopefully he'll be in there 1 of the next 2 evenings.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishngamereaper on October 30, 2019, 05:13:44 AM
Ouch man.. that's a tough pill to swallow... animals are tough, I've knocked them down before and always go directly at them for that very reason..had couple over the years get a second wind. Keep at it and don't consider that cut busted. If it's got the cover and the feed the deer will be back..your scent doesn't last that long.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: 7mmfan on October 30, 2019, 08:25:55 AM
Keep at it and don't consider that cut busted. If it's got the cover and the feed the deer will be back..your scent doesn't last that long.

I agree with this as well. They have such a small home territory, that I highly doubt the does will leave. Even if that buck is "gun shy" now, others will be moving through checking on that hot doe. There will be more opportunities.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: brokentrail on October 30, 2019, 02:44:40 PM
@fishnfur I have a similar story from last year's season with my youngest shooting his first deer.  He had a youth doe permit in an any buck area.  I glassed a deer feeding just after daybreak on the edge of a cut.  I directed him to where, we spent a few minutes so he could find it, then he got setup in his shooting sticks and let one fly.  I saw the deer jerk and move off and lay down.  Where it laid down at was out of our sight.  We waited 30 minutes as I was being cautious not knowing where he hit it at.  After 30 minutes we started easing up there and at about 40 yards from it, it stands up.  I help him get on his sticks again and tell he's got to get another one in him.  He shot 3 more times, the last shot I heard the thunk and knew he hit it again.  So, by this time he has shot the 4 shells I had in the gun, I didnt have extras with me.  I leave him to watch again where the deer laid down and off I go almost 2 miles back to the truck to get more shells.  Then back up the hill to where he has at.  He said the deer didn't get up, so we reloaded and eased up there and thankfully found him expired.

I said all of that to say this, his first shot went through the meat of the brisket.  Had we not shot him again, I think it would have healed over and he'd have lived.  The first one hit him and shocked him enough that he laid down but it certainly wasn't a kill shot.

I'm sorry you lost one that you hit, it's a really bad feeling, I know, I've been there.

Hang in there and try not to get down on yourself.  It happens and is an unfortunate part of hunting.

Hope you get another chance at him!
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: trophyhunt on October 30, 2019, 04:55:02 PM
Burned some fuel today in Hancock kapowsin , since walking or riding is not happening!  Got there at first light, didnít see a single deer!  Whereís this rut bs Iíve been hearing about?? Taking my dad in the am, hoping the South Gate is better than king creek was! 
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: Crunchy on October 30, 2019, 06:36:37 PM
I have 4 cameras out in Kapowsin for the last couple of weeks.  As of 2 days ago only one small buck and a few does. Rut for sure isn't going on in there now.
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: fishnfur on October 30, 2019, 08:49:43 PM
It is happening, but it is spotty.  I'm hearing rifle shots all day long now.  Every hour or so.  Bucks are hitting the dirt.  Seems like the 0800 - 1000 hours are the most active.  Saw three doe with a fawn, none looked hot.  Found a spike in mid-afternoon and another with an apparent sibling doe in the last hour of light. 
Title: Re: 2019 Blacktail Early Season activity reports - anybody seeing bucks?
Post by: TriggerMike on October 31, 2019, 09:55:24 AM
Today's the day... I hope everyone on this thread tags out  :tup: