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#5482557 - 12/16/14 10:24 PM The rut is on in Duval County.....
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Registered: 05/30/11
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Loc: Rockport, Tx.
Our neighbor and my son both shot 8 pointers that were swelling up weekend before last, but not chasing.

Neighbor's 8, 17" inside.


My son's first 8, only 15.5" inside but heavier.


Neighbor sent text this morning of another 8, 21" inside. Not heavy but I would have shot him. Said he wasn't chasing does but my BIL just left our place from across the road reporting two young 6's and a young 8 chasing hard. With this little cold front the rut should be in full swing in our neck of the woods this week, right on time. Can't wait to get there this weekend...



Bout time to do some more rattling.....here we go!
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#5482560 - 12/16/14 10:25 PM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: skinnerback]
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Registered: 09/24/10
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Loc: Mansfield, Texas
Good luck this weekend and congrats to the successful hunters up
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#5482562 - 12/16/14 10:26 PM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: skinnerback]
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Registered: 08/04/10
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#5482568 - 12/16/14 10:30 PM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: skinnerback]
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Registered: 08/27/09
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Loc: Forney, Tx
I think all of our deer switched teams this year. My season is over, spent 19 days hunting and need saw bucks chasing does, heck I only saw 2 bucks and 2 does.
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#5482586 - 12/16/14 10:41 PM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: skinnerback]
skinnerback Offline
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Thanks fellers. I love the rut. My 3 1/2 yr old boy and teenage daughter both like to sleep in in the morning, so my oldest boy & I will be up & out there rattling wind permitting. I would love to rattle up a biggun' for him. I don't know how many people are going to be hunting during the holiday break, will have to play it by ear up Either way I'm looking forward to it.
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#5482645 - 12/16/14 11:37 PM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: skinnerback]
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
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#5482651 - 12/16/14 11:42 PM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: skinnerback]
tonyguitarguy Offline
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Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 106
Im in Northern Duval off 59. Haven't seen any deer on our 100 acres in 2 weeks. Are you low or high fence? Id love head out this morning if the rut is on.

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#5482669 - 12/17/14 12:05 AM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: tonyguitarguy]
skinnerback Offline
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We are low fenced, along with our neighbors. Located in SE Duval. There is one HF ranch 2 miles away. Most properties around are small and have neighbors that shoot whatever. We do what we can as far as management and hope for the best. It is getting better but has taken time. I am near Concepcion, between San Diego & Freer. Our neighbor that shot the wide 8 & the first 8 I posted is hunting on 100 acres also right across the road. As of this week the rut is on. cheers If I didn't have to work this week I would be there, I would say go!! The rut is on.
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#5483047 - 12/17/14 08:55 AM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: skinnerback]
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Registered: 10/11/11
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Loc: Duval County, Starr County
That's what I've been seeing. It is on!
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#5483644 - 12/17/14 12:37 PM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: skinnerback]
tonyguitarguy Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 11/22/09
Posts: 106
This is great news! Those are awesome bucks. I'm headed out there right now until tomorrow evening. I have been on 5 hunts this season and seen 0. You give me newfound confidence lol thanks!

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#5483673 - 12/17/14 12:55 PM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: tonyguitarguy]
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Good luck to you!
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#5483684 - 12/17/14 12:58 PM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: skinnerback]
CoachKM Offline
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Registered: 05/18/10
Posts: 56
Loc: Magnolia
Good luck. Hoping that means its on in Bee county. I'm heading out Saturday until Christman Eve.

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#5483819 - 12/17/14 02:04 PM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: skinnerback]
Erich Offline
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Registered: 11/11/04
Posts: 710
Loc: Cibolo, TX
we are pretty close to each other. we are closer to Hebbronville. also smaller ac low fence. we play the management game as much as we can.

it takes time, but we've made some pretty good hunting out of the place. seen some nice deer. glad to hear from someone in our neck of the woods. I've been thinking that the rut is getting going. unfortunately not going to be able to hunt it any til January.
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#5483866 - 12/17/14 02:25 PM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: Erich]
skinnerback Offline
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Registered: 05/30/11
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Loc: Rockport, Tx.
Glad to hear from you too neighbor! up Hope you get on something decent. cheers We normally still see them chasing some into mid January.
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#5483949 - 12/17/14 03:11 PM Re: The rut is on in Duval County..... [Re: skinnerback]
Erich Offline
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Registered: 11/11/04
Posts: 710
Loc: Cibolo, TX
the rain has been good to us this fall. pasture is green, brush looks good. food plot looks good. deer are in great shape and haven't been all that hungry. we hunted pretty regular up thru thanksgiving week. we've taken 3 spikes and a doe so far. seen a few and gotten pictures of some good middle aged deer that we've passed on. got some pictures of some nicer older bucks that we've seen before but don't see very often in person. hopefully they'll show.

different year...the hogs have really layed low. we've only seen two hogs from the stands all year. normally would be more by now. still plenty sign of them in the pasture, but not making much appearance.

we've been on the place since 2007, prior to that is was pretty badly over hunted. its bounced back pretty well. we've taken some nice deer though and have good numbers. don't always see them...but they are there.
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