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Old 08-28-2016, 02:45 PM   #1
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Sort of a survey. Last year was my fist year to put out a trail camera. I had mine in different three areas. First on an early scrape just before the season, next a branch crossing, and last another scrape. Had bucks of various sizes at all. However, I had 3 good bucks during the day and many others at night on Nov 22nd and 23th. A biologist in the area said that Nov 21 and 22 was the peak of the East Texas rut.

My question to everyone is did you see an increase in buck movement on your cameras at this time compared to other dates? This would be for cameras set up on scrapes, trails and such, not on feeders. Just curious. My cousin checked and he noticed the same flurry of activity on these two days.

Also testing a theory we have and I will share if the results match.
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Old 08-28-2016, 02:47 PM   #2
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How far east? We hunt near Lovelady and the rut is usually right around or after Halloween, every year.
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Old 08-28-2016, 03:00 PM   #3
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How far east? We hunt near Lovelady and the rut is usually right around or after Halloween, every year.
Same in Angelina county close to Zavalla. Youth Season through opening day of gun season it's on fire!
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Old 08-28-2016, 03:04 PM   #4
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How far east? We hunt near Lovelady and the rut is usually right around or after Halloween, every year.
Absolutely right! Most of the Houston Co does are bred before the end of Oct. that said, the third week in November falls a month after the primary and does that didnt take the first time come in. That means all the bucks after a few does. Flurry of activity is common.
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Old 08-28-2016, 06:56 PM   #5
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This was Angelina National Forest south of Zavalla. 4 cameras with date and time. Last year was my first year after a 7or 8 layoff from deer hunting. I was tired of not seeing many deer and I was killing the redfish in Oct and Nov.

In years past hunting Woodville and Newton area the rut always seem to be the end of October and even some the end of Sept. However, there is something to those dates.

Years ago when trail cameras first came out a couple guys sorted through several years of pic and found a pattern. something like 80% of the daytime bucks were on 4 days of the month. These 'buck days' they called them were the 3rd day before and after a full moon and a new moon. Nov 22 and 23 were 3 days before the full moon.

I have records of 8 big bucks killed in Oklahoma (bow hunting heaven) in broad daylight and 7 were on the 3rd before a full moon and 1 was a one of the other buck days. Last year someone I know from Lumberton killed a big 7 pt well after daylight on the 22nd near Boykin Springs, also 3rd day before the full moon.

I will be camped on my stand the 11, 12, and 13 of Nov. Oct maybe, but that is middle of the week and I may be out of town.

Something to kick around.

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Old 08-28-2016, 07:19 PM   #6
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Southeast Texas...After 10 yrs in the same area, one day has more daytime bucks on my cameras than any other. That day is Nov. 6th, though the last week of October has shown more buck activity per week than any other week. I think the most buck activity occurs prior to the peak of the rut, when most of the cruising and chasing is happening. Last year, I also saw a tremendous amount of activity during the last week of December.
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Old 08-28-2016, 08:58 PM   #7
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Southeast Texas...After 10 yrs in the same area, one day has more daytime bucks on my cameras than any other. That day is Nov. 6th, though the last week of October has shown more buck activity per week than any other week. I think the most buck activity occurs prior to the peak of the rut, when most of the cruising and chasing is happening. Last year, I also saw a tremendous amount of activity during the last week of December.
I noticed your from Orange, so am I. Just curious about what area your hunting in?
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Old 08-28-2016, 09:04 PM   #8
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Pretty consistent answers and I have found that the main rut is either side of Halloween. But a lot of big bucks are shot late November because bucks are traveling looking for fewer does that come in during the so called 2nd rut.
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Old 08-28-2016, 09:27 PM   #9
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I noticed your from Orange, so am I. Just curious about what area your hunting in?
Up near Toledo.
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Old 08-28-2016, 09:51 PM   #10
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Up near Toledo.
I hunt between Buna and Mauriceville so I was just wondering.
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Old 08-28-2016, 10:01 PM   #11
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SE Texas here and the last week of October is the hottest for me.
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:40 PM   #12
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Neches and Angelina river bottoms, week before Halloween has always been the most buck activity.
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:09 PM   #13
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north east texas for me and its always the last week of october that they are just one after another
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:37 AM   #14
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Could have been near a full moon or just before or after a front moving through...
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Old 08-31-2016, 05:41 PM   #15
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I live in Buna and do some hunting there, but most of the time I'm up around Pineland. Deer in Buna appear to show like that usually about a week earlier. Pineland for me is usually the last week of October, give or take.
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:54 PM   #16
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The deer movement I am looking for is not necessarily the rut. We all know bucks are looking and chasing during the rut. But do bucks tend to move in the daylight hours on certain days of the month (moon related) regardless of the rutting period. If so, it could open up specific days to be in the woods early and late in the season. Remember the days 3 before and after a full moon and 3 before and after a new moon. All this takes time and hundreds of dated pictures to find the possible trends. Something to make deer hunting a little more interesting.

Checked with my cousin. He had a picture of a really big 10pt near Zavalla just after noon on a day in December. 3rd day before the full moon. Only pic of him during the season on 5 cameras. I also checked a few of my pics from last year and 4 out of 5 were one hour within moon overhead.
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Old 08-31-2016, 09:54 PM   #17
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I used to be big on thinking there was more movement at night during a full moon (probably because I heard this as a kid). My cameras have convinced me otherwise... they move at night ALL the time, and OFTEN, no matter what the moon is. Now I will say that the last two GOOD bucks I've seen were during "All Day" sits during the last week of October, the first came at 2:10 in the afternoon, and the other was at 1:45 in the afternoon (not same day). There is a deer moving somewhere at all hours of the day, everyday.
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Old 09-07-2016, 10:12 PM   #18
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Pretty consistent answers and I have found that the main rut is either side of Halloween. But a lot of big bucks are shot late November because bucks are traveling looking for fewer does that come in during the so called 2nd rut.


This. I killed my buck(avatar) last year on November 28th at 1:45 in the afternoon. He was run down just cruising his rub line I guess looking for a hot doe. It was raining all day that day. I sat from sun up till then. That was the only deer I saw that day which is very rare for where I hunt here in rusk county. I just checked. This was 3 days after the full moon. Don't know if this is relevant because of his rutting behavior. Just my .02


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Old 09-07-2016, 10:19 PM   #19
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I'm in Far East part of Henderson county and the rut is the usually going strong the last weekend of bow season going into first weekend of rifle season


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Old 03-13-2017, 12:41 PM   #20
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I live in Buna and do some hunting there, but most of the time I'm up around Pineland. Deer in Buna appear to show like that usually about a week earlier. Pineland for me is usually the last week of October, give or take.
Pineland has good bucks indeed, but you sure do got work for them and put in the time.
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