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threeputt23
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Elusive buck

Any suggestions on how to bag an elusive buck who only shows up on my feeder field cam in the middle of the night? Have hunted him in the morning and evening but to no avail. Have hunted him between feeder and water. No spotlighting. Lol. The rut is coming soon so….


pdubya76
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re: Elusive buck
Find where he sleeps and the trails he uses to get there. Watch the wind and only hunt when conditions are favorable.


Ron Cheramie
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re: Elusive buck
Wait until the 3rd day of the waxing crescent moon and set up 152 yards from his bedding area at 10:17 am


Jim bean xxx
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re: Elusive buck
Need a midday hunt


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tenfoe
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He will start walking in the daylight eventually. You’ll have a couple days to kill him before he finds a hot doe. At that point he might end up 3 miles away.

You’ll probably get a picture of him at your feeder with the sun shining on him on Christmas morning while you are opening presents with your kids. Happens every year I think.


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Huntinguy
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He's likely bedding quite some ways off, and walking in after dark. If you can figure out where he's bedding you'll have a start.


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257WBY
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re: Elusive buck
If you have enough days to hunt, you can kill him right on that field.
The rut is a great time to kill A good deer. Late pre rut and post rut are good times to kill a specific buck.
Try to get pics of him on scrapes. Also, find the heaviest cover near your feeder and get in tight to the cover.


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geauxbrown
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Wait for the rut and put your time in.


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White Bear
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Walk don’t ride atv, play wind.


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lsuson
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re: Elusive buck
Like others stated try to decipher where he's bedding or the direction. Hunt on wind favoreable days. Hunt hard during the rut. Good luck.


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Ol boy
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re: Elusive buck
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The rut is coming soon so

I almost convinced that’s the only way 90% of the mature bucks can be killed. The 10% that are killed outside the rut are a ton of luck and a screw up by the buck.
Go back and look at when you saw mature buck or killed mature bucks in the past focus on does and making all day sits that’s my suggestion.


lsushelly
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re: Elusive buck
I’ve got three still together on camera every day. Lots of daytime pics. I have tried everything. I have gotten on stand 2 hours before daylight. Didn’t work. I hunt the wind. Didn’t work. I know I’m up against the clock but I’m at my wits end! This is in Woodville and I have never seen mature bucks together at this point in the season


jeffsdad
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Get rid of the feeder and camera and hunt him instead of shooting him. The thickest area you can find, that area you don't want to try to go in..thats how he is traveling.


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Taxman2010
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re: Elusive buck
Rattle baw


TheDrunkenTigah
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re: Elusive buck
Take the week+ of the rut off work and sit every day. If he’s only shown up at night, there’s a good chance he doesn’t spend the majority of his time on your property, but he’s likely to pop his head out at least once when looking for a doe.


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PetroAg
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re: Elusive buck
Thermal scope


Kidding



Kinda


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tenfoe
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re: Elusive buck
quote:

I’ve got three still together on camera every day. Lots of daytime pics. I have tried everything. I have gotten on stand 2 hours before daylight. Didn’t work. I hunt the wind. Didn’t work. I know I’m up against the clock but I’m at my wits end! This is in Woodville and I have never seen mature bucks together at this point in the seaso


If they’re there every day except the days you hunt, you’re spooking them. Just might not know it. Try hunting them on marginally good winds. They’re obviously not doing what you think they are, otherwise you’d be posting pics of deer instead of your story.


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Ol boy
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re: Elusive buck
LINK to article of gps study done showing where your buck is living
Here’s a pretty cool article showing how hard it is to kill a mature buck outside of the rut. It’s not impossible but they are old for a reason exp when your talking about SE US where any racked buck has been dodging arrows and bullets from Oct 1 till February.
He’s in thick stuff and you can get to him but he’s gonna hear you or smell you he’s got his back to jungle and facing away from prevailing winds. You have to remember he’s not just afraid of people he is programmed to be afraid of everything from the time he hits the ground (bear/cat/dogs)
Go look at some of the other gps study’s some of these deer are spending 90% of their time in spots 40ac or so, if he’s going to that plot regularly your in his core area you just need to be there when he’s after the does.


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Ol boy
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re: Elusive buck
quote:

I’ve got three still together on camera every day. Lots of daytime pics. I have tried everything. I have gotten on stand 2 hours before daylight. Didn’t work. I hunt the wind. Didn’t work. I know I’m up against the clock but I’m at my wits end! This is in Woodville and I have never seen mature bucks together at this point in the s

If they still together you still have plenty of time.
The wind may be right for where you want to shoot them but wrong for where they are actually living.
I have a neighbor he drives a Chevy duramax I hear him pass out place on the blacktop I hear his Polaris ranger crank up and splash down the trail most mornings around 545ish.
I’m pretty sure there is a buck that listens and hears the same thing and then smells Copenhagen and boudin farts and starts correlating what happens when he hears that truck.


prostyleoffensetime
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re: Elusive buck
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I almost convinced that’s the only way 90% of the mature bucks can be killed. The 10% that are killed outside the rut are a ton of luck and a screw up by the buck.


Thinking back on the mature deer I’ve killed, that math actually checks out. Killed almost all my mature deer in the heat of the rut/post rut. The one exception was my biggest to date. He just randomly popped out into the food plot at 4:00 on Christmas Eve afternoon.

To the OP, let this full moon get out of here and get the rut kicked off and then it’s just about carefully logging hours.


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