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,Every evening hunt i have seen bucks chasing the does. But they are coming out after shooting hours. I sit on the edge of a meadow where there are like 15 scrapes and numerious rublines, and they still arnt coming out until after shooting hours. I would go further into the woods, but there is no way to pattern them, they come out in every direction. Any suggestions?

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Just me but i wood go in a

Just me but i wood go in a lil deeper,catch them come'n to edge to wait on sunset...Go to them,dont wait on them 2 come 2 you...Just dew your best on be'n ScentLess...O o,while sit'n on my morn'n thrown an listen'n to a few buck grunt's,i said to myself "self he mite want to get in there a lil'er earlier"...It mite pay off...Had to edit that in while it was on my brain....

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The great thing about the rut

The great thing about the rut is that the deer are up and moving but the bad thing is they are so unpredictable.  I think you just have to put in the time and wait to be in the right place at the right time.  Ever lose someone at the mall?  If you both keep looking for one another it is harder to connect than if one person just sits and waits in one spot.  The other person will eventually come by. 

There is no right answer, but that is my strategy and thinking.  Moving deeper into the woods might help too.

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If you are convinced that

If you are convinced that they will not come out in shooting light, move into the woods.  Best thing to do is find a secondary, more secluded feed spot on the way from the beeding area to the main field.  If you can find a patch of producing oak or beachnut trees, or maybe an overgrown field, then focus on that.  Look for them to come out there and hang around, maybe 15 to 30 minutes prior to dark.

The bucks will still want to be up moving and eating, but will be very hesitant to go into the open.

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outdoorsman121 wrote:"But

outdoorsman121 wrote:"But they are coming out after shooting hours. I sit on the edge of a meadow where there are like 15 scrapes and numerious rublines, and they still arnt coming out until after shooting hours."

Try to find a staging area deeper in the woods evidenced by browse lines on the vegetation. Bucks will stage just inside the woods to scan the surrounding field...find where the bucks want to be.

Another idea since it's the rut now, set up between the doe groups bedding areas...better yet, find some open timber in the vicinity of the doe groups because bucks like to rut in the taller timber in a wooded area...or out of the way places that don't get deer traffic other times of the year.

Good luck. Let's see some pics.

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How do you find a browse

How do you find a browse line?  What do you look for?  What type of vegetation?

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How do you find a browse line?  What do you look for?  What type of vegetation?

The easiest way to find a browse line around here is to look for greenbrier. Greenbrier will grow uncontrollably in all directions up trees and vines for 20 feet or more. The deer will absolutely chew it to the ground. If you have greenbrier where you hunt, you'll be able to see where the deer nibble on it. It will be an area where the greenbrier looks broken off or burnt on the end, but the stubble won't be more than 18" off the ground...most times you'll find a patch that is chewed to within inches of the ground.

When you find greenbrier browse line, look around to the other vegetation to see what limbs, bulbs or twigs the deer like. These will look like they have been twisted off and broken...not a clean cut of the limbs. If you don't have greenbrier, look for twigs of lower limb trees to have this same "cut back" effect where the lower limbs are twisted off.

Once you find a browse line for the first time, they will jump out at you in the future...you'll start looking for a place to set up a treestand. Good luck with your scouting.

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Thanks for the advice.  I

Thanks for the advice.  I will chalk this up to what I learned new today.  I will definitely pay attention to the nibbles as I am scouting.

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I am by no means the most accomplished hunter - most of my best bucks I have seemingly stumbled on to rather than located them by pure skill  - but consider this.

You are a young man and you like the smell of perfume and the way a delightfully young lady feels in your arms as you swing her around the dance floor.

Now, are you gonna look at the library for this?

Heck no, you are headed to the nearest honkytonk, right?

Right?

Sure you are.

So, too, are the bucks when the rut comes on.

If you find the does you do not have to find the bucks - they will FIND YOU.

If you narrow your area down to the best two weeks of the rut - and then hunt and consistently see does - you will see bucks.

Maybe not THE shooter buck - but you will see bucks.

See enough bucks and you will eventually see THE shooter, also!

Now... if the does are not coming out til dark where you are hunting - by all means - barge in - and get to them where they can be seen after it gets daylight and before night falls!

The rut is a magical time where any hunter can be a hero at any moment.

Best of luck!

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