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Deer Sign in the Northeast

I hunted New York's Columbia County for the first two days of rifle season, 11/19, 11/20. Columbia County is on the eastern boundary, just below Albany NY. After hunting four or so parcels of land, it occurred to me that I didn't see one single deer rub. None, nata, ziltch. Yet, deer are supposed to be plentiful, we saw over a dozen does and the permissible doe harvest is generous compared to other portions of the state.

Could it be that the rut is late this year? Anyone else experience this?

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Deer Sign in the Northeast

I have seen that when the buck/doe ratio is out of whack. The bucks could be too busy going doe to doe.........? Also in the case of a single property if there is a dominant older buck in the area, he may drive the smaller bucks out and experience has taught him not to leave signs (rubs) of his presence for hunters to find.

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Deer Sign in the Northeast

Also, the peak of the rut was the first 2 weeks of the month. The does were standing for the bucks. There was a lot less sign in the woods (of bucks) in the last couple of weeks. I have been in the woods every day since Nov 10th. Only today did I see any new rubs out there (lots of them) I also saw new scrapes. I think the does are done breeding now and the bucks are frustrated again!

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The bucks were chasing the does locally in early November. I live north of Albany about 25 miles. There were plenty of scrapes and rubs. The action slowed...they must've been breeding and now has picked back up with many bucks traveling with does. Scrapes are being kept clean and there are plenty of rubs.

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