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Old 06-22-2020, 11:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I drew a late muzzy deer tag, and was just curious. I donít do a lot of looking for deer during the rut until about November 15 every winter. My hunt starts the Wednesday after the rifle hunt ends, and runs through November 5th, which is an earlier end date than in years past for that late hunt. My question is, what kind of luck have others had on this hunt as far as seeing bucks during the Nov 1st-5th window? When I saw the stars are cut so much shorter Iím a little concerned at whether the bucks will even be around much until the last day or two of this hunt. Just curious of others results or thoughts.
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If I had the tag, I would hunt the bucks the same as if I was still rifle hunting and hopefully the bigger bucks may be a little bit more visible and staying out later in the mornings feeding and coming out earlier in the afternoons from their bedding areas.
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Old 06-23-2020, 08:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Totally depends on the unit.
They are all a little different.
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Totally depends on the unit.
They are all a little different.
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I'd be hunting down in the cedars and not up high.
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I'd be hunting down in the cedars and not up high.
For sure, I'm more just wondering how much rut/buck activity some have seen Nov 1-5 if they've had this tag or have much recollection.
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What I saw while hunting the rifle hunt on the Monroe is that the bucks are still pretty much together during the rifle hunt and could care less about the does. This was all the way towards the end of the rifle hunt the last time that I rifle hunted down there a number of years ago. Even in 2005 I believe when there was a heavy snow storm that pushed the deer off of the top and into the cedars most of the bucks were still with their bachelor groups and while it isn't the Monroe we have watched bucks chasing and mating with does around Mill Meadow Reservoir just after Thanksgiving.

So with the late muzzy hunt I would not depend on them getting with the ladies, there may be a few of them that are starting to sniff but very few.
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Yep
What critter said...
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My wife shot a big old buck in 2016, opening morning of the rifle deer hunt, lip curling and chasing a doe all over the place. Had not a care in the world about anything else. Same canyon, the next year, same thing. High pressure area, deer on full alert, another big deer chased a doe out of the hole he was in, out into the wide open, where he had to have known better. Same ridge in 2018, 2nd day of the rifle deer hunt I shot another big deer, with 13 does and he didn’t have a care in the world. I think some start earlier than others, and weather will definitely play into that. If I had the late muzzy tag, I’d skip the first 3 days and start hunting Saturday and go from there. But that’s just me.
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My wife shot a big old buck in 2016, opening morning of the rifle deer hunt, lip curling and chasing a doe all over the place. Had not a care in the world about anything else. Same canyon, the next year, same thing. High pressure area, deer on full alert, another big deer chased a doe out of the hole he was in, out into the wide open, where he had to have known better. Same ridge in 2018, 2nd day of the rifle deer hunt I shot another big deer, with 13 does and he didnít have a care in the world. I think some start earlier than others, and weather will definitely play into that. If I had the late muzzy tag, Iíd skip the first 3 days and start hunting Saturday and go from there. But thatís just me.
Iíll buy a spike elk tag and be out and about for the whole thing, but yeah Iím not expecting to see much until the last few days.
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