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Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby DhD » Wed Dec 11, 2019 6:22 am

Just curious, what's the most sits you have gone without seeing a mature buck?


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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby SplitG2 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:28 am

2 weeks. Back during the 2008 rut I went 2 weeks, hunting multiple stands on 3 different properties and only seen 1 fawn in that 2 week period. The last mature buck I seen was a solid 135-140” 9 point on the morning of November 8th and the morning of the 22nd I finally seen another mature buck again.

To say the 2008 rut was one I’ll never forget would be an understatement. Never experienced a rut like that before then and never after, yet. I actually wondered if I was in some hunting nightmare or something.
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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby DaveT1963 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:34 am

Back in 80s on TX public I went entire seasons w/o seeing a mature buck. Recent antler restrictions have helped but a 2 month gun season does not.
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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby Rich M » Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:51 am

Me, too. Years between deer.
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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby G-Patt » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:42 am

I probably get about 3 mature buck sightings per year on the public land I hunt. I get an occasional chance to bag one. I hunt between 15 and 17 sits per year, some of which are on the same day. I'm more of a grocery hunter than a big buck hunter, but working on it. One day!
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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby Dewey » Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:53 am

I have had years where I was seeing a mature buck every 8-10 sits with some days seeing multiple mature bucks. My best days had 5-6 sightings during peak rut of course. Those days are LONG gone. I would say on average I see 2-3 with 50+ hunts per season. This year I have had only one true mature buck sighting in 35 hunts. Been a tough year. Seen some bucks but only one big enough to get me excited. Figure I have at least 15 hunts left this season to turn it around. :pray:
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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby Boogieman1 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:06 am

Woo wee! When I first started bow hunting I hunted at least a few hours every day of the season. Believe it was year 4 before I saw my first one. :lol: Would say now I see 1 every 6 or 7 hunts during the rut on avg. That doesn’t mean there in my range limit but inside of 75 yards. Usually I have 2 or 3 legit chances at a good one inside of 20 yards per season if I get after it.
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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby Hookslinger » Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:08 am

Oh, I don't know.... a few thousand?
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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby brancher147 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 10:43 am

What’s a mature buck? 4.5+? Im usually see a few per year and have a good chance at one hunting October-January.
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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby DaveT1963 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:14 am

This year, on mature bucks, I had 5 encounters within 30 yards, two are dead. I typically have 2 -5 opportunities within 30 yards most years. I consider 4 y/o and over a mature buck.
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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby Dewey » Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:59 am

burkhart wrote::think: I’ve hunted since I was 13 I’m now 35 so that’s 22 years.. at 365 days in a year so 8,030days :D

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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby Tim H » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:04 pm

Last mature buck I saw from stand was November 1st 2017
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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby gsquared23 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:24 pm

Once per year on private, some years as many as 3. Still waiting to see a shooter (4 points to a side where I hunt) on public.
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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby Boogieman1 » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:35 pm

burkhart wrote::think: I’ve hunted since I was 13 I’m now 35 so that’s 22 years.. at 365 days in a year so 8,030days :D


I gotta hand it to ya! Most folks limit themselves to the legal season. But you sir are an overachiever powering through a 365 day hunting season . Yall Missouri boys understand the best time to kill a mature buck is b4 or after the season :lol: Just kidding of course :lol: :lol:
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Re: Most days without seeing a mature buck?

Unread postby tgreeno » Wed Dec 11, 2019 12:48 pm

Nov of last season.

Typically I see a couple a season.
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