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Overcast and rainy yesterday . I went out at about 2:30 and climbed into my stand figuring a good deer movement as soon as the rain quit. Hour after I got on stand I heard a grunt behind me. A few minutes later i see a doe ease out in front of me looking behind her. Sure enough here he comes grunting away. He stopped behind a wax myrtle and stood there grunting for a good bit then walked in dead broadside 12 yards. I drew leveled the pin on his heart and shot.

As I released the 8 pointer ducked hard straight down hitting his chest to the ground and then leaping hard to the right. I heard the arrow hit him hard and watched as he crashed back where he came from. I didnt hear any sound of a crash or a deer going down so I stayed put until 400 then eased down quietly. I got to the impact site and immediately found hair and then picked up my arrow which was on the ground 5 yards past where the deer was standing.

This is all the sign I ever saw past the impact point. nare a drop of blood anywhere . As I suspected when the shot happened he ducked the arrow and it skidded it over his back. No blood on the shaft of fletchings just this bit of blood and hair on the new cuda almost as if it hit and cartwheeled over his back. the o rings were 12 inches down the shaft but the was absolutely no sign on the shaft itself. Guess the jury aint in on this head but so far I smacked deer with it and got ZERO BLOOD TRAIL. I combed everything along his escape path for a solid hour without ever finding the slightest bit of additional sign.

I am fully well kicked in the teeth now but ready to hunt somemore. LOL If anyones wondering, the rut is definately on in Florence county SC. Hopefully that 8 point is to whacked out to realize what really happened. I dont think he had any idea where it came from just that there was a loud sound near him and he got a little sting as a result. He sure was hot on that doe I hope he just dismisses it as something other than a hunter incident.

Anyhow little bit of excitement out of the sc woodlands. It aint often you get to take a crack at a 110 inch 8 point in SC at 12 yards.

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Close call There Amazing how fast they can avoid trouble.
Not having much luck around here. Been on stand 9 times and have seen 3 does and 1 - 6pt. eye roll Very unusual for around here. But rubs started showing up last week and some scrapes are popping up now so hopefully something will change!

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Nothing moving this morning but its nice to be into that time of the year where that can change at any minute. Unfortunately i got work to do.

I was pretty well pissed when it started becoming evident that the deer had successfully ducked me. It isnt the first time its happened to me but this deer was not alert paying attention to the doe. I think the steep angle contributed greatly. He didnt have to move that far to put the arrow above his spine. Only one of the blades had blood on it so I am 99% certain he is no worse for the wear.

Try em again this evening.

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Good Luck Thumbs up

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Bucks are starting to show up dead on the road around here now. I think it's on! Going out to the farm I hunt later this week to see what they are up to. I like to be in the woods for the first week of Nov but I have been seeing alot of rubs and dead deer on the roads so I'm going a little sooner.

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It sure seems like big activity is starting early all around this year! I think that means we are going to have a "bad" winter Think Got to blame it on something Big smile

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Its right on time here. I once went on a four year streak of killing a good buck on October 21 in SC. Despite what everyone will try and tell you about Nov in SC the rut here happens in October, always has and always will.

Typically on my Maryland hunt the chase starts second week of Nov. That has been pretty much true for the past four years. Honestly what I believe has the biggest effect on whether its on or not is the weather . If its cool the deer will be moving during daylight and people will see the action that gets reported as the rut. If its hot the deer do more of this at night and people say it aint on yet.

Watch the sign and you will know exactly when its on and when it isnt. Then its a matter of picking your hunting days to suit daytime movement. I knew the other day was perfect for daytime activity and low and behold I got to witness a SC rut hunt on the 22 of OCT.

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hunter777 wrote:
Bucks are starting to show up dead on the road around here now. I think it's on! Going out to the farm I hunt later this week to see what they are up to. I like to be in the woods for the first week of Nov but I have been seeing alot of rubs and dead deer on the roads so I'm going a little sooner.

I was out in western PA about a week ago and seen tons of dead deer including Three buck!!!! and I was only there for a two days! Starting to see a lot more dead deer over this way too!!!!!

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