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Sure looks like the pre-rut is heating up - several bucks on trail cameras with nose to the ground and a doe running for her life in front of him!! Wasn't able to do much this past weekend due to still cleaning up places after the ice storm. But, I've got Friday off and planning on a successful 3 day weekend! We've got a LOT of deer running around and the bigger bucks are starting to show during daylight.

There may be some rain in the forecast where I hunt but if the solunar table is anywhere accurate, this is the weekend to be hunting!!

I can't get the solunar table information to cut/paste where it's legible but says "Best 4 stars" for Saturday and Sunday flanked by "Better 3 stars" on Friday before and Monday after. Getting excited! Going to be roughing it too - tent, cot, cooking outside. Haven't done this in years but figure only a few days and saves $$ from a hotel.

Everyone going out shoot straight and be safe!
 

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It’s certainly the start of the rut. You can always tell because the dead deer on the side of the road grows exponentially when rut starts.
 
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Sure looks like the pre-rut is heating up - several bucks on trail cameras with nose to the ground and a doe running for her life in front of him!! Wasn't able to do much this past weekend due to still cleaning up places after the ice storm. But, I've got Friday off and planning on a successful 3 day weekend! We've got a LOT of deer running around and the bigger bucks are starting to show during daylight.

There may be some rain in the forecast where I hunt but if the solunar table is anywhere accurate, this is the weekend to be hunting!!

I can't get the solunar table information to cut/paste where it's legible but says "Best 4 stars" for Saturday and Sunday flanked by "Better 3 stars" on Friday before and Monday after. Getting excited! Going to be roughing it too - tent, cot, cooking outside. Haven't done this in years but figure only a few days and saves $$ from a hotel.

Everyone going out shoot straight and be safe!
It’s certainly the start of the rut. You can always tell because the dead deer on the side of the road grows exponentially when rut starts.

Enjoy your primitive hunting experience!
 

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Its on up here in Alfalfa County. Tons of chasing going on and the big ones have hot does that they are running the little ones off of. Had two clients from Texas both scored nice bucks this weekend. Both deer came in to rattling all bristled up. There is plenty to keep a hunter entertained right now with all the chasing.
 

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Saw a FB link this morning for the Kansas turnpike authority were somebody hit a bull elk on the Kansas/ Oklahoma State line Yesterday.

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What to my wondering eyes should appear but a miniature…no wait, that’s an ELK! Troop G Kansas Highway Patrol reports this 800 lb bull elk collided with a vehicle near the KS/Okla border last night. Good reminder, to watch for deer (or elk) at this time of year. #NotSantasReindeer
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I have videos of young bucks fighting.

I have videos of bucks scent tracking and scent searching.

I heard fighting all around me last weekend.

I also am getting new unknown bucks in my doe areas.

Sure seems like the rut is right around the corner.

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They are chasing wide open here on the state line. Saw several bucks pushing does out into the prairie today along with a few pairs in places you only see them during the rut.

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Recently traveled across Southern Ks and Southern Missouri in the last few days. We saw 20+ dead bucks in the ditches.
Bucks are moving. It’s on.
 

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Same time every year, lunar tables or not. Be in the stand as much as possible the first two weeks of November.
 

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Lost count of bucks chasing does today. We worked calves and started southwest of Pawhuska, then east of Foraker,and finished north of Grainola. Every pasture had activity as did several along the road as we moved to the next working.

This is my favorite time of the year. It’s funny when one of the small bucks has its nose on the ground and is hot on a trail totally oblivious to what’s around him. We had a little 6 point go right by the pens and it never looked up even with a generator running. We were whistling and hollering at it and he just kept his nose to the ground headed south.


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Ok, whoever publishes that solunar calendar wasn't in my county this last weekend!! Other than the crappy weather Friday night/all day Saturday, I saw little to NO chasing of does. Trail cameras last weekend showed quite a few bucks most of which are 'new' to the area. Pulled a couple of my SD cards last night on my way out and the number of bucks declined to almost nothing in a week. I plan to get out next weekend some for the rifle opener but more to make sure folks aren't trespassing. Will take my bow too as we don't have many places setup for a rifle shot. Hope others had better luck!
 

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Saturday was a bust for me. Sunday was exciting, lots of activity. But, the whole pattern changed, so finding them again, 4th year on that piece land, and no 2 yes s are the same so far.

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Saw a ton of chasing again this weekend. Had another client, repeat customer from Florida. Had him in the stand an hour and he was done. Shot a young 10 point. I wouldn't of shot him. Small bodied probably about 3 1/2 years old maybe 120 inches. Its his money so I guess as long as he is happy. Still seeing chasing this morning.
 

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I saw some dinks chasing two weeks ago. Saw the same dinks walking around alone last weekend. Saw two does paired up with a couple decent bucks yesterday. The problem is, they were across the fence on private land, I need them to slip up and jump the fence on the public parcel I'm hunting.
 

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Got home this morning from work and while installing the car seat in the van I heard some soft grunting outside. I looked out the slider door and had a buck and 2 doe standing in my front yard. It was dark so I never saw them at first. The buck had his nose up one does rear end and was pushing her around. She ran around and he was right on her tail. When she stopped once he tried to hop on but she took off to the neighbors yard and he was right behind her. The other doe could have cared less. The mule deer ruts going on here for sure.
 
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