In these cases if the bucks were there all along why would it be that they were never seen, would that be simply because we were so focused on the deer that we had targeted n we overlooked them, you think? When I say we had targeted them its not a catalog of pics or any thing extensive, we basically put a cam up once in late summer for a few days in places we had previously scouted just to get some visual conformation, so the bachelor group that contained those guys were the bulk of the pics.dan wrote:sunset samurai wrote:One thing to expound on would be how quickly another buck may take up residence where a current animal has been taken out. For instance, one area we hunt here in NC is roughly 150 acres, keeping track of a few bucks we had a 10 and an 8 on the hitlist and happened that first sit I killed the 10 and 5 days later on similar conditions my brother killed the 8. Within 20 mins of same time of day as my buck. Not wanting to "clear out" the area we decided it would only be hunted one more time in hopes of my fiance getting her first deer which she did so we retired the area and we moved our efforts to different places to kill our number two bucks for the season. I went back into the area the other week deep into the bedding/creek bottom and judging by the extensive lines of large rubs, undoubtably another buck or multiple had moved into the area probably sensing the lack of competition and feeling some pressure in their original hideouts. In this case a little in season pre scouting may have proved my number two buck couldve probably been killed much closer to home, but its all good he'll be bigger this fall.
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Its not really a matter of other bucks "moving in" in most cases... Primary bedding areas are used by every buck in the area most of the time... The most dominant buck in the area will get the spot... I have watched bucks bed in a bedding area and a little later a more dominant buck comes in and the lesser buck either leaves or moves to a satellite bed. In a lot of cases I have watched a certain buck bed in a certain spot then move in for the kill the next day only to have a different buck get out of the same bed.
I shot a mature 10 pointer a couple seasons ago and a few days later noticed the beds rubline was still being used so I sat in the same spot and watched another big buck rise out of the exact bed...
How fast a bed gets used after a kill probably has more to do with getting your scent in there when you kill the 1st one, than it does about a new deer finding the spot.
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