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PUSHING LIMITS ON RUTTING BUCKS

B

OWHUNTING is a game of secrecy.
We strive at all costs to avoid detection when hunting, and while getting
into and out of our best hunting spots.
But when the rut comes, it's a different
story. Or at least, it should be.
And with an extra week extending the fall
bow season into November's third week this
year, conditions will be prime for aggressive
bowhunting.
What's aggressive bowhunting? It's when
you do whatever it takes to get within bowhunting distance of a whitetail - within the
rules, of course.
This is when bucks don't care if you're
around. They don't care if they see you, hear
you or smell you. They don't care about anything, except tracking down that estrous doe.
If you've never encountered a fully rutcrazed buck in the wild, it's remarkable how
unwary they are compared to just a month or
so earlier. I recall pheasant hunting in a Chester County cattail swamp one mid-November
morning years ago, when I about stepped on
a bedded doe that finally got up and hopped

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down the trail.
As I stood watching her, I saw cattailtops rustling in a horizontal pattern
directly behind her bed. Before I could
figure out what was happening, a heavynecked, tall-tined 8-point burst from the
cattail cover and lunged my way. I took a
few steps backward as I waved my arms
and yelled. The buck stopped less than
10 yards in front of me, nostrils wide and
billowing vapor in the cold air.
We were in a kind of standoff, and I'll
admit I was worried. But I soon decided
to act intimidating, stomping my foot and
yelling at the buck to "Get out of here!"
He held his ground for a couple rounds
of my theatrics, before turning tail and
bounding off in pursuit of the doe.
That buck didn't care one bit about me
and demonstrated just how crazy things
can get in the peak of the rut.
And it's that obsessive behavior that
offers bowhunters the chance to get
aggressive, doing things that never would
work a month earlier.



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