Order Out of Chaos: Patterning Rutting Bucks
By: David Johnson
Can you pattern bucks during the rut? The answer is yes, and here’s how.
Order Out of Chaos
During the rut, deer movements reach their peak, and deer, especially nice bucks, are more apt to be moving during shooting hours. But the rut is a double-edged sword: The deer may be moving around more, but in the height of the chase period their movements are far harder to pattern.
Bucks you carefully patterned before the season, and perhaps saw but couldn’t get a shot at in the early season, just stop showing up with any predictability. Orderly patterns are replaced by seeming chaos.
In extreme cases, a big buck that has been using your hunting land for months will simply disappear suddenly. Typically, hunters conclude that the buck they’d been hoping to put on their wall was taken by another hunter, and that’s why the buck “disappeared.”
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