Bump a single deer: buck or doe or ???

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Bump a single deer: buck or doe or ???

buck 100%
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buck 90%
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7%
buck 80%
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11%
buck 70%
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14%
buck 60%
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18%
buck 50%
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39%
buck 40%
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4%
buck 30%
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7%
buck 20%
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buck 10%
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No votes
buck 0%
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Bump a single deer: buck or doe or ???

Unread postby sureshotscott » Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:43 am

If you bump a single deer and you don't get a good look (you hear it bounding off away from you), what is your assumption about that deer?


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Re: Bump a single deer: buck or doe or ???

Unread postby Tennhunter3 » Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:42 am

Depends on where you bumped it.
If it's near buck bedding more then not it's a buck.
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Re: Bump a single deer: buck or doe or ???

Unread postby sureshotscott » Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:50 am

Tennhunter3 wrote:Depends on where you bumped it.
If it's near buck bedding more then not it's a buck.


Please attempt to put yourself in the shoes of a group of people that does not know the terrain as well as you do.

Generalize.
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Re: Bump a single deer: buck or doe or ???

Unread postby Tennhunter3 » Mon Dec 23, 2019 3:59 am

I voted 80 percent.

Reason their is a short time breeding period for single does when they will go visit a scrape.

This time of year is often predictable based on when the rut occurs in your area.. You will see singles does usually at the same time every year.

I think most encounters of single deer are bucks.
Most mature bucks are loners.
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Re: Bump a single deer: buck or doe or ???

Unread postby mauser06 » Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:10 am

Most of the times it happens, it's been a doe lol.


Even in places I'd bet the house would be buck bedding. Now, a lot of times I don't get to verify.

I do a bit of still hunting and I'm always kinda shocked lol



Earlier in rifle season I had a lone deer bust out and I would bet 100% being a buck. Top 1/3rd elevation. Good view below. Right wind. Tree and a blow down to it's back. Lone deer.

I didn't get a look the first time. Went back a week or so later and put the sneak on it. It sat extremely tight and busted out when I stopped 25yds away.


I played it right and ended up getting that deer in my scope. It actually appeared to be this year's fawn. Maybe a button buck...I couldn't tell. I was blown away. I did loose sight of it and snuck up on it to view it...but I'm fairly certain it was the same deer.


I always assume it's a buck when it's alone and in what I'd say is likely buck bedding....but I've confirmed it to be antler less deer plenty of times.
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Re: Bump a single deer: buck or doe or ???

Unread postby MrT » Mon Dec 23, 2019 5:13 am

I can't pick one. My % is based off of what it sounds like bounding off and the sign surrounding it. Bumped one about a month ago that I couldn't get eyes on but I know was a large deer. There was fresh buck sign near the bed. I'm 95% sure it was a buck. I've also bumped multiple lone does this season, large and small.
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Re: Bump a single deer: buck or doe or ???

Unread postby sureshotscott » Mon Dec 23, 2019 6:13 am

MrT wrote:I can't pick one...


I pity the fool. :lol:
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Re: Bump a single deer: buck or doe or ???

Unread postby Jdw » Mon Dec 23, 2019 9:56 am

If you have lots of confidence in the spot and you think a big one is in the area 100% if not 50%. ;)
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Re: Bump a single deer: buck or doe or ???

Unread postby cspot » Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:34 am

I assume it is a little buck that I wouldn't shoot. It makes me feel better that way. :lol:

I usually don't put much faith in guessing buck or doe. If I don't see the deer that well then I likely don't know if there was others maybe with it that I didn't see.


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