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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #135 on: November 19, 2020, 06:01:56 AM »
Wife almost got it done yesterday on a nice 4pt .It just wasn't gonna stand there a second longer even with a Doe there. :bash:
Would've been 3 for 3 on our tags.
I feel a little bad for her but sometimes it just doesn't work out even with the rut.
Getting them on game cam - to the back of the truck is easier said then done.
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Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #136 on: November 20, 2020, 05:21:47 AM »
Wife almost got it done yesterday on a nice 4pt .It just wasn't gonna stand there a second longer even with a Doe there. :bash:
Would've been 3 for 3 on our tags.
I feel a little bad for her but sometimes it just doesn't work out even with the rut.
Getting them on game cam - to the back of the truck is easier said then done.
Very true statement! Nice buck though and maybe heíll be around and bigger next year!

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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #137 on: November 20, 2020, 06:25:20 AM »
Got home last night from Montana and Idaho. Eastern Montana WT bucks were near does, but I saw only one evening of real chase activity, seemed like the does weren't quite there yet, but it was my first experience in that area so I could be way off.

N. Idaho found some rubs and a small scrape. Lots of does still with fawns close. Killed a young buck in perfect shape covered in fat and glands not stinky at all.   

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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #138 on: November 20, 2020, 07:04:38 AM »
I will check cam in a few days ,let you all know if he made it through rifle season not sure if he did or not. :dunno:
Two birds in the Bush is always better than one in the hand-that way you can always go to the Bush and hunt another day .conservation=Better hunting.
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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #139 on: November 20, 2020, 07:11:59 AM »
Rut at its peak now around me. Very few bucks on cam and lots yearlings without mom around.

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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #140 on: November 20, 2020, 08:34:49 AM »
Rut at its peak now around me. Very few bucks on cam and lots yearlings without mom around.

Exactly

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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #141 on: November 20, 2020, 10:39:42 AM »
Rut at its peak now around me. Very few bucks on cam and lots yearlings without mom around.

Exactly

I am hoping the same is true in Western Montana. Headed out after work and there for a week if needed.
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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #142 on: November 20, 2020, 10:53:13 AM »
The biggest bucks I have ever seen are the tail end of the rut. The 1-3 yr olds start feeding again and the mature ones are still looking . Nov 24-30th is the dates I have seen the biggest bucks of my life. Itís not the best time letís say for overall buck activity.

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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #143 on: November 20, 2020, 11:24:33 AM »
Watched a monster breed on dec 3rd and saw two other huge studs with does dec 2nd, not all same year though.

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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #144 on: November 20, 2020, 11:26:52 AM »
any experience with how the rut "normally" lines up as far as western montana and NE wa? Around the same time? My experience is Montana is slightly later but I don't have complete confidence in that.
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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #145 on: November 20, 2020, 12:19:01 PM »
What I hear from the few guys I know who either live in and or hunt the Panhandle and nw mont., is that interpretation is as varied as here.  One guys idea is most times different than the next guys.

With rut activity and intensity having a lot to do with buck to doe ratio in any given area, and age class structure of bucks in the area, I think that is why observations tend to vary so much from one area to another that may not even be very far away.

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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #146 on: November 20, 2020, 04:34:24 PM »
Iíve watched over the years that high mountain bucks and units way up north versus units near Spokane seem to be a full week earlier

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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #147 on: November 20, 2020, 04:35:20 PM »
This guy is all rutted up. Walked by me at 30 yards while feeding goats


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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #148 on: November 20, 2020, 06:26:39 PM »
Spent the last four days in 121 and didnít see any rut activity. Plenty of does still with yearlings feeding.  Zero rubs nor scrapes all in areas I usually see them this time of year. 

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Re: 2020 Whitetail Watch- pre-rut/rut activity
« Reply #149 on: November 20, 2020, 07:55:28 PM »
Buck/NW, Swollen necks still or rutted out in appearance?

 


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