Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

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Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

Unread postby greenhorndave » Sat Oct 17, 2020 6:18 pm

Saw a nice buck crossing the road coming from marshy/swampy public last night about an hour after shooting hours expired.

I have zero Intel on this place and zero Intel on the buck.

What do you think the odds are at this time of year that he'll head back from where he came tomorrow? I feel like I could get on him, but I don't know if that was a fluke or not.

I was not planning on hunting there tomorrow, but that might change.

Thoughts?


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Re: Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

Unread postby Smitty » Sat Oct 17, 2020 8:45 pm

I would say give it a try, I did something pretty similar a few years ago saw a buck cross the road and just set up near the spot with no other intel sign was non existent but set up anyway and I had an opportunity at what was by far the biggest buck I’ve ever seen. The one thing I’ve learned from being mobile is that my hunting plans change all the time. Good luck either way.
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Re: Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

Unread postby brancher147 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:03 pm

A good buck crossing the road is how I have found a couple of my better hunting spots. Sometimes that is all you need...As far as if he will do it again, who knows, if the sign is there hunt it.
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Re: Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

Unread postby Swamp Stache » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:42 pm

Only one way to find out. I had a similar situation happen a couple days into season this year. Had it come by about sunset and walk parallel to the road. Just outta range. Had I sat closer to the road I think I would have gotten a shot.
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Re: Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

Unread postby Eddiegomes83 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:09 am

Maybe go in with stand on your back and see if you see good sign that he frequents the area. If looks good and good wind sit if not go to your other spot
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Unread postby greenhorndave » Sun Oct 18, 2020 12:22 am

Will do. My guess/hope is that this particular chunk where he came out is overlooked. Wind will be perfect for investigation: wind direction should be decent and a lot of it 15-20, gusts to 35-40. Might just go gille/leafy.

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Re: Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

Unread postby Rich M » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:15 am

greenhorndave wrote:Saw a nice buck crossing the road coming from marshy/swampy public last night about an hour after shooting hours expired.

I have zero Intel on this place and zero Intel on the buck.

What do you think the odds are at this time of year that he'll head back from where he came tomorrow? I feel like I could get on him, but I don't know if that was a fluke or not.

I was not planning on hunting there tomorrow, but that might change.

Thoughts?


Anyway to check the sides of the road for tracks? Would tell you if it was a common thing.
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Re: Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

Unread postby greenhorndave » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:25 am

Rich M wrote:
greenhorndave wrote:Saw a nice buck crossing the road coming from marshy/swampy public last night about an hour after shooting hours expired.

I have zero Intel on this place and zero Intel on the buck.

What do you think the odds are at this time of year that he'll head back from where he came tomorrow? I feel like I could get on him, but I don't know if that was a fluke or not.

I was not planning on hunting there tomorrow, but that might change.

Thoughts?


Anyway to check the sides of the road for tracks? Would tell you if it was a common thing.

Not really. No real shoulder and speeds are high. It wouldn’t be stealthy (from hunters) in any case.

I will get in/stay inside cover from the road yet still close to it and look for trails.
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Re: Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

Unread postby Rich M » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:44 am

Hoping you found a great spot. At least he's in the area.
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Re: Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

Unread postby greenhorndave » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:48 am

Rich M wrote:Hoping you found a great spot. At least he's in the area.

Thanks! Will find out in a couple hours.
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Unread postby Tennhunter3 » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:51 am

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If he is going that way once he will again.
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Re: Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

Unread postby PK_ » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:50 am

greenhorndave wrote:Saw a nice buck crossing the road coming from marshy/swampy public last night about an hour after shooting hours expired.

I have zero Intel on this place and zero Intel on the buck.

What do you think the odds are at this time of year that he'll head back from where he came tomorrow? I feel like I could get on him, but I don't know if that was a fluke or not.

I was not planning on hunting there tomorrow, but that might change.

Thoughts?


Yes I would go after him the following evening or two then I would burn thru everything around to figure out where exactly he’s coming from if possible, learn it for next year even if you ruin it for this year who cares you didn’t know about this buck/spot a day ago...
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Re: Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

Unread postby Ghost Hunter » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:16 pm

Stop and check where he crossed and see if he has made a habit out of it.
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Re: Buck crossing the road: Fluke or not?

Unread postby greenhorndave » Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:48 pm

I gave it go. I stepped off the road, down a small hill and hit this. Big and fresh going from ag to where I thought he might be. I realize it was mud, but it was 4 fingers wide with a big hoof booger or whatever Dan calls those clods of dirt.

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Then a big fresh rub. The camera was just below chest height.

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Trails were beat-in and had mud on the bottom of the vegetation where it was getting kicked up. No boot tracks.

I set up by a small rub line from this year and trails that criss-crossed coming out of the swamp. Nothing showed. I probably should have kept pushing to the end of a point, but that stuff looked good and the good sign seemed like it stopped there so I set up. Windy was very strong at times and a little swirly, so that might have had something to do with it, but I think those swirls were short-lived and erased by the predominant wind before they got too far.

Definitely worth exploring more, either this year or in spring scouting. Need to hone in on bedding with more precision.

Great suggestion PK.
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