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Location: Murray KY
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Huting nocturnal bucks

I have at least two nice bucks on the farm I hunt in KY. Its mostly white oak bottoms and cedar thickets that they use for beds. But they're both nocturnal. I think that hunting 150-200 yards from their beds, and putting up a mock scrape early in the year and then using one of those scrape drippers that drip only during the day closer to pre rut may work. My theory is that by doing this they'll think that an "intruder" is coming in during the day. Then they'll be more likely to cruise through there on their own or be more likely to come in to the horns.

Is this a possible solution to hunting these nocturnal bucks or is this mostly nonsense? This is my third year hunting these bucks and they're getting old so I'm open to any advice anyone may have.

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Huting nocturnal bucks

Are you archery or rifle hunting?

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Location: Murray KY
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Huting nocturnal bucks

I'm bowhunting to get a jump on "the crowd". As soon as the knownothing rifle hunters show up he'll go nocturnal no matter what i throw at him and I'll have no chance.

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Huting nocturnal bucks

1st try setting up a stand as close to their bedding areas as you can. Set the stand up now and leave it alone until you hunt it. When you do finally hunt it in the early season, make sure your approach utilizes the wind without them hearing, seeing or above all else.....without them smelling you.

As a go for broke method, use the same tactic, but set up right in the bedding area. Again, you should set up your stands now. However, if you use this method, you should only hunt it in the morning and be in your stand at least 1 1/2 hours before day light.

Best of luck.

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