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Never seen it before today #8952912 11/10/23 07:29 PM
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I went to the stand this morning well before daylight. Had my coffee and a good book. The sun came up, and no deer anywhere till about 8 am, when a doe came by at a high rate of speed. Tail stuck straight out behind her. About 220 yards out. Then here came an 8 point, also moving fast after her. I let him go. Then nothing till about 10 am. I’d have gone back to the house before then, but I still had coffee and a real good book. So, at about 10, an 8 point buck shot out of the woods, running almost full out, being chased by another 8 point, who had a 6 point behind him. Then another 8 point and what I think was a spike. They were running and chasing each other, jumping fences and zooming around. Not a doe to be seen. They did that for maybe 10 minutes or more and then ran in the woods one last time. Well, dang, I didn’t know we had that many bucks, and the big 10 point and the weird horned buck weren’t involved in that madness. Thought to myself that maybe I shoulda shot one of the 8’s, but it was about time to go, as I had finished the coffee and the book. I had 3 windows open, and I closed 2 of them and took one more glance out of the remaining open window, just to be sure they were all gone. And there stood a big 8. I sat back down and shot him. A wild morning…

Any of ya’ll ever seen a bunch of bucks acting like that? And they never took a moment to butt heads and rattle horns.


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Yes, I think those bucks drink Bud Lite though.

Let's see that buck!

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Originally Posted by skinnerback
Yes, I think those bucks drink Bud Lite though.

Let's see that buck!


THIS ^^^^^

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Crazy morning, and congrats on the harvest!

Strangest thing I've seen out of a buck was Southeast of Sterling City right around full sunup about 20 years ago. First sign of life I saw that day was a truly nice (for our property) 10 point buck that casually walked into the feeder area, upwind, not really on high alert...just strolled in like the most normal thing ever, put his head down & started munching corn. That lasted about 5 seconds, then mid-crunch on his corn he suddenly crow-hopped straight up in the air and must have gone a full 14 feet straight up...like, he could have easily cleared my Moultrie 55gal. tripod feeder...and hit the ground on all fours & hauled tail outta there. I just sat there stupefied by what I had just seen for a minute.

I had spent my entire life up to that point in the country, and until I saw that I had no idea deer could jump THAT high, especially from a stand-still. And I have no idea what got into him. I was 75 yards away, downwind, and hadn't moved a muscle. He just went from entirely relaxed to airborne in a millisecond without so much as twitching an ear first. When I told Dad about it he just said "Ain't no accountin' fer what bucks or teenagers do during the rut."


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Bucks or teenagers! So true and so funny. I remember back when and the hormones were running high.

Anyway, here’s the buck. He was youngish and healthy. Had some fat on him still, since it’s early in the rut, though he did stink to high Heaven.
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The pic is grainy due to my wife enlarging it. She sent it to the grandson in a subtle attempt to get him up here to hunt. Problem is that he is fully in the rut himself right now. Imsure wish he’d hurry up and marry her and get back to important stuff like hunting with me.


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Congrats on the buck.

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Nice deer Sir!

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I have seen crazy bucks before, I bet you had a doe near.
I watched four of them actually run/breed a doe to death, yup she died. They even tried to lift her up for another chance to get lucky.
Another time five bucks chased a doe around a pond till she decided to swim it. They ran rounds around the pond waiting for her to get out.
There is no doubt that bucks have run many does till their death. I have seen it.


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So did the grandson come up to hunt?

I’ve been fighting the same thing with my kids.

The oldest ( who has never been all that big on hunting) hasn’t gone but the younger boy who normally loves to go hasn’t even made an attempt to go. Today, we could have gotten away for an evening hunt after work today, he made plans to go with his buddy to have his wisdom teeth removed…..

I don’t know if they will make it up at all this year, two weeks left and it’s not looking good for them.



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