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Posted: 7/13/2010 4:45:29 AM EST
DEER PELLETOLOGY

Interesting read.

After a handful of years bow hunting, I'm consistantly getting Doe and young deer in range, but no bucks with more than 6 points. I've had quite a few larger (100 - 140") bucks at 50yds that don't apear to be spooked. They just don't travel the same paths as Doe, so I feel I haven't been in the right tree.

I have a ready supply of deer poo foreign to my hunting area and wonder if this would make any difference in getting a buck within range.
Link Posted: 7/13/2010 8:52:20 AM EST
mature bucks normally only habitat with does during the rut. they normally trail downwind of a normal deer run as well. find the cover.
Link Posted: 7/13/2010 9:40:42 AM EST
Thanks for the tip. That will help.
Link Posted: 7/13/2010 1:20:17 PM EST
I have also found that the larger bucks do not travel the same trails as other deer. Usually there is a much less noticed trail running either perpendicaular or bisecting the main deer trail that big bucks use for scent checking. They use these unidentifiable trails just as other deer use the main trails, but there are only a few large bucks using it. Once you find one, you know what to look for. Also when you find these intersections, hunt them year after year, because big bucks will continually use the same trails because they can scent check many deer from one point, not ease of movement. And I agree, most of the time, these trails are in thick cover and only bisect or cross the main trails every so often.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 7:15:16 AM EST

Originally Posted By Jesnic:
I have also found that the larger bucks do not travel the same trails as other deer. Usually there is a much less noticed trail running either perpendicaular or bisecting the main deer trail that big bucks use for scent checking. They use these unidentifiable trails just as other deer use the main trails, but there are only a few large bucks using it. Once you find one, you know what to look for. Also when you find these intersections, hunt them year after year, because big bucks will continually use the same trails because they can scent check many deer from one point, not ease of movement. And I agree, most of the time, these trails are in thick cover and only bisect or cross the main trails every so often.

Excellent post.
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