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#6508343 - 10/24/16 12:22 AM Rut Tactics
buckedup Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/13/16
Posts: 18
Well guys, what tactics do you use when hunting during the rut? I am hunting the pineywoods in East Texas and there was some sign of the rut coming on. Just want to see any advice or tips!

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#6508386 - 10/24/16 06:01 AM Re: Rut Tactics [Re: buckedup]
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Registered: 07/10/14
Posts: 215
Loc: Lewisville/ Foard County
Throw your clock away.

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#6508387 - 10/24/16 06:05 AM Re: Rut Tactics [Re: buckedup]
Texas Dan Offline
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Registered: 07/28/08
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Very simple. Since the does are what they're after, hunt the feeding areas that does use most often. And remain on the stand for as long as possible, even all day if you can. Funnels and pinch points are another got spot since a doe with a buck in tow might come through at any time.

Also, IMO you have to be careful when using calls in East Texas since mature bucks will often scent check a call first before coming in. If you choose a setup with plenty of cover on your downwind side, you may get detected before ever getting a glimpse of him.
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#6508404 - 10/24/16 06:52 AM Re: Rut Tactics [Re: buckedup]
Kpaycheck Offline
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Registered: 10/08/16
Posts: 34
My best luck was 2013 when i had the hottest doe in Sutton County!

Nothing special here, just have gun ready as each doe comes into sight, otherwise you may not get a shot off like 2012 for me. Had 2 bucks trailing her and let my guard down, bruiser ran right in front of me!

Does, does and more does!

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#6508434 - 10/24/16 07:04 AM Re: Rut Tactics [Re: buckedup]
Jimbo Offline
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Registered: 08/30/04
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Loc: The last LF ranch in S. Texas
My tactics are to keep corn in my feeders year around.
If you can hold the does on your property the bucks will be there once the rut starts because they know where to look.
I'll broadcast feed the long sendero's and sit back and watch the action.
I don't like sitting over a feeder because I just can't see that much, and if a buck is with a doe he will often times lay back in the brush and watch the doe from a distance.
If you have several does feeding on a road or sendero the bucks will be along to check them out.


Edited by Jimbo (10/24/16 07:07 AM)

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#6508454 - 10/24/16 07:19 AM Re: Rut Tactics [Re: buckedup]
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Registered: 01/25/13
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Loc: Murphy, TX Dickens county
I like to create mock scrape lines parallel to well used trails away from the feeder. You can probably learn how to do this on YouTube.
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#6508580 - 10/24/16 08:34 AM Re: Rut Tactics [Re: buckedup]
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Registered: 01/20/12
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sit in a well used deer trail. They will dang near run over you.
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#6508925 - 10/24/16 11:25 AM Re: Rut Tactics [Re: buckedup]
LandPirate Offline
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Registered: 08/18/09
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Loc: Buda
You'll improve your chances greatly if you just get out of camp and into a stand.
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#6508957 - 10/24/16 11:49 AM Re: Rut Tactics [Re: buckedup]
Jkd106 Offline
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Registered: 08/20/13
Posts: 1014
Loc: Fannin and Hall
Redundant but, Find the girls! Whether it's a feeder, food plot, or travel area. And expect the unexpected!
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#6509127 - 10/24/16 01:04 PM Re: Rut Tactics [Re: Pitchfork Predator]
Baldpate Offline
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Registered: 10/02/12
Posts: 19
Marc - Trying this more this year. Do you use Wildlife Innovations products? I have their scent drippers. Haven't had much luck so far.


Edited by Baldpate (10/24/16 01:05 PM)

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#6509378 - 10/24/16 03:13 PM Re: Rut Tactics [Re: buckedup]
Erathkid Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
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Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
Tinks 69 has always worked for me. I usually wait until after Thanksgiving to use it though. Rattling early in the season has been very productive for me. We have more bucks than doe so competition is fierce. Lots of busted up antlers later in the season.


Edited by Erathkid (10/24/16 03:14 PM)
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#6510755 - 10/25/16 10:49 AM Re: Rut Tactics [Re: Baldpate]
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Originally Posted By: Baldpate
Marc - Trying this more this year. Do you use Wildlife Innovations products? I have their scent drippers. Haven't had much luck so far.


No.

I drip Tinks 69 in it when I create one and freshen it when hunting it.
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#6510838 - 10/25/16 11:41 AM Re: Rut Tactics [Re: buckedup]
Chuckw Offline
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Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 125
I LOVE rattling in the early rut pre-rut period. Very exciting stuff.

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