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#6912934 - 10/08/17 12:06 PM Buck Chasing
MWTX270 Offline

Registered: 10/17/15
Posts: 55
Loc: Palo Pinto county
Has anyone ever seen a buck chasing this early in the year? I was in my archery stand in Young county this morning, and watched a nice 8 point, dog a doe for over 30 minutes Both had to be very tired, as they run and run. I personally, have never seen rut activity this early.

#6913044 - 10/08/17 02:15 PM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
JH117 Offline
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Registered: 11/05/14
Posts: 286
Loc: parker county
Last year I had bucks chasing opening weekend here in Parker county. This year is a different story. No chasing yet and no real sign of sitting activity.

#6913076 - 10/08/17 02:56 PM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
Stompy Online   content
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Registered: 06/13/10
Posts: 5080
Loc: Breckenridge Tx
Nothing unusual, bucks start chasing soon after in hard horns. Doesn't mean their catching.
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#6913085 - 10/08/17 03:04 PM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
TexasKC Online   content
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Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 3082
Loc: Houston & Lexington, Texas
Saw a little 8pt. chasing a doe this morning while I was mowing. Tractor didn't bother them at all.

#6913097 - 10/08/17 03:19 PM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
copperhead Offline
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Registered: 11/22/05
Posts: 1888
I watched a young 8 pt aggravating a doe Friday night, she wanted nothing to do with him. Yesterday I saw a nice 10 doing a lip curl so the time is coming.

#6913203 - 10/08/17 05:21 PM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
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Loc: M.I.A.
Based on camera pics bucks started some aggressive sparring about 3 days ago. Have a few lip curling as well. No pics of chasing yet. I think it's the full moon making the bucks restless.

#6913221 - 10/08/17 05:40 PM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
Simple Searcher Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
Posts: 6319
Loc: Helotes, Hext
I watched a buck in velvet chasing a doe three weeks back, I have never seen that before. They are already doing some serious sparring.

"Man is still a hunter, still a simple searcher after meat..." Robert C. Ruark

#6913344 - 10/08/17 07:25 PM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
slippinaround Offline

Registered: 10/26/12
Posts: 103
I believe it is different for different regions of TX. On my ranch in East TX I saw 2 bucks chasing doe opening weekend (2 separate incidents) and this weekend I saw 2 more bucks chasing which were 2 separate incidents---their necks are swollen up as well. Scrapes are being tended to and maintained on a regular basis as well.

I sure wish we could get rid of this hot weather---it doesn't even feel like deer season to me---I've been sweating my %#* off during the afternoon hunts.

Edited by slippinaround (10/08/17 07:36 PM)

#6914165 - 10/09/17 12:20 PM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
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Registered: 09/10/12
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
back in the '60s, my uncle would go to his ranch every evening after work starting in late Sept. and sit in his tree stand. When he started seeing bucks chasing does, he would mark it on his calendar at home and not go back into the woods until 25-26 days later (days between estrus cycles). He did it for years with great success, usually two bucks down that first morning he hunted.

with deer being seasonal estrus, they can have 4-5 cycles starting in Oct. ... but the bucks are usually still in bachelor groups and the first cycle typically breaks up the guy party but few does will actually get bred giving the 2nd cycle in mid November thru early Dec. (depending on location in the state) what most call the heart of the rut.
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#6914361 - 10/09/17 02:26 PM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
ccoker Offline
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Registered: 09/17/09
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saw a little action over the weekend, between Seguin and Stockdale

Edited by ccoker (10/09/17 02:40 PM)

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#6914432 - 10/09/17 03:10 PM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
tShawnB Offline
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Registered: 09/19/12
Posts: 1127
Loc: Forney
Most historical rutting data shows does being bred from this time of year thru December with peaks around certain times in November and December. When bucks are hard horned they're looking for love from day one.
How come everybody I meet is a deer hunting expert?

#6915317 - 10/10/17 07:48 AM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
Drogers6771 Offline

Registered: 10/01/17
Posts: 241
Loc: Huntsville
seen a little, not much tho

#6915748 - 10/10/17 02:22 PM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
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Registered: 02/01/05
Posts: 1091
Loc: TX, Rockwall
normal pre-rut activity. Bucks are sparing to establish dominance. They may be chasing but the does are not ready yet.
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#6915762 - 10/10/17 02:49 PM Re: Buck Chasing [Re: MWTX270]
Navasot Offline

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 27738
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Lots of young ones will be chasing right now hoping to get lucky.. big old boys will be marking and checking for the next two weeks claiming turf... then they will start working doe last half week of oct-mid nov... then they will get locked down on doe and wont leave their site.. things really get slow then


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