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Old 10-02-2020, 09:08 PM   #1
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Went out this morning to open the hen house door to let the girls out, and caught this apple thief inside the chickens pasture.

Anyone else seeing early rut behavior? This guy was not spooked in the least bit. In fact he let me clank the gate latch and open the gate and just barely moved. I snapped a few more pics as he continued to crunch on apples. I let the girls out and he slowly walked past me at about 15 feet. Close enough that I was covering my boys in case he decided to charge me in my bathrobe.

Yesterday morning I had our regular mom and her twins go scampering across behind the deck and close behind with their noses to the ground were a different forky and his little buddy spike. The mom and twins high tailed it but the pair of bucks hung around sniffing the area for another 20 minutes before trotting in the direction of the family.

Normally we only see bucks from late October to early December. They are getting stupid really early this year. Anyone else seeing this behavior?
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Old 10-02-2020, 09:11 PM   #2
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Bucks have been sparring at my place the last week. They are getting frisky.

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Old 10-03-2020, 03:35 AM   #3
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Yep! But I archery hunt. Thus the reason for velvet. Goodluck this year
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Old 10-03-2020, 07:35 AM   #4
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Lots of does and fawns walking by the window while I read my IFish but no bucks yet.
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Old 10-03-2020, 09:12 AM   #5
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Been seeing lots of sparring on the trail cameras for the last 3 weeks actually. Seemed a little early but all from smaller bucks. As soon as the bigger bucks start showing up I know the rut is getting closer in our areas. Nothing yet so I’d say we are still looking at November time frame.

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Old 10-03-2020, 10:50 AM   #6
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Small buck activity doesn't mean much if anything. It's more like playing. Small bucks start rubbing trees early too and chasing does which has nothing to do with the rut. It's all wishful thinking. With the big bucks still in seclusion it's the only time they can chase does without the big boys running them off. Two or three days before the rut starts the dominate bucks will take over as the youngsters get pushed to the sideline.
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Old 10-03-2020, 11:42 AM   #7
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I have bucks in my yard every year as soon as apple hit the ground, 1st one in July the last one right now. They all let you get within 20 yards before showing concern. The elk on the other hand get concerned over any human presence.
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Old 10-03-2020, 09:15 PM   #8
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Tonight I saw 2 nice bucks on the side of the Sunset Hwy, eastbound between sylvan and the zoo exit. Fat necks on them. Might be something to that early rut theory.
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Think halloween and beyond for rutting columbia Blacktail deer
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