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Chasing, Chasing,Chasing

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I had a buddy out on my lease by Houston, MN last weekend doing the early anterless hunt and he did see a buck chasing a doe...and it was a good size buck smile

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A friend of mine on Saturday morning had a 9point come in chasing a doe.This was in the metro.He was grunting and on her trail.My dad had one two weeks ago come in grunting and chasing a doe around his stand.Was a smaller buck but was early I thought.It's getting close seeing a lot more scrapes and rubs.

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My dad was out watching some deer in the metro area, the other night and saw a fork and a six chasing a doe around the bean field.

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I haven't seen any serious chasing yet, there were a couple of young bucks checking out doe's but I wouldn't call it chasing, just bothering them. However those doe's can and will come into heat early and then all he11 can break loose if you are in the right place are the right time.

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Seems the chasing always starts a few weeks sooner in Minnesota than in North dakota. I noticed this the past two years in the forum here.

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Harvey Lee,

Interesting. Do you think the earlier chasing is in the Southern MN areas compared to ND?

I saw scrapes pop up in a 1 to 1 or so buck to doe area over that last couple days. Stuff is starting to get interesting...

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I just always notice that others in Minnesota see rut activity weeks before I do in North Dakota. I have no idea why. Same weather conditions and length of light per day.

I have seen some permiter scrapes and smaller rubs that I believe are from smaller bucks. In the 6-8 days I have hunted there as of late, I have not seen one buck chasing a doe but have seen and our group has shot numerous deer.

There are does that are still carring their fawns in tow. Typically when the rut begins, I see the does kick the fawns off. I have noticed that the bachlor groups of bucks have broken up but no chasing.

Heck, maybe I'm just missing it.

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Harvey I think there just might be more eyes in on this board to catch the early Minnesota does coming into heat, overall I think the peak of the rut is very close for each state.

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I'm out often,last evening I saw my first rub that wasnt there the day before.I've been hunting but more so waiting and watching the movement,One area Always has scrapes when I see them my real hunting starts.I saw more deer visiting around Wadena in a 4 hour hunt than I've seen here in numerous times out! The Population is LOW here.I guess thats why doe permits are so few.

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I saw about 15 does and fawns last night and no bucks at all, I still have not seen any bucks on stand this year which is weird. the fawns were still paired up with mom and I had an easy chip shot 15 yd shot that turned out to be not so easy after the arrow touched a twig, oops.

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Saw some good activity tonight, passed on a decent 10pt. He made a couple scrapes,harassed a couple does and chased off a smaller buck. He'll be a brute if he makes it another year. It's starting.... grin

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I didn't see any deer Saturday night, but I did see a very large black and white cat stalking a field edge. It could be that the cats are starting to chase, but I just saw the one so I can't be certain.

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Very slow weekend down in SEMN. The least deer that I have seen all year. I did manage to see one nice buck out of the four deer I saw all weekend. He was a stud, but was 100 yards away. He was with a doe, but was not chasing, more like tending to her. I grunted and he looked, but that was it, the doe got spooked and trotted back in the woods. The corn is just starting to get picked and it can't come to soon. The deer have no need to leave the confines of the cornfield. The full moon wasn't helping at all either. I could see my shadow walking out to the my stand in the morning. Very, Very bright. One farm in Wabasha had much more buck activity. In one area there were scrapes every ten feet, in Plainview, 20 miles south, there has been little to no activity, but I know its coming. Just like winter, it will be here soon, and then, I'll hold on for deer life. I have one stand that I haven't sat in yet, I walked around the cornfield edge the stand is along, there is hardly any corn there. I am confident that when it leaves, those deer will become visible, and then, I will make my move. Mooohaaahhaaaahhaaa.

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I had a very slow weekend in SE MN as well. Out of our group of 5 guys, we had one nice 8 pointer shot, but that buck was shot walking along a draw with a basket-rack. Also earlier that morning the same guy saw 3 awesome 10's together, jumping a fence one right after the other. Another guy saw 2 6 pointers together. The bachelor groups seemed to still be happening. Last morning (Sat) I rattled in a respectable 8, but he was more nervous than anything, and turned to leave at 60 yards. I grunted at him thinking it could keep him interested, and he bolted after snorting. Really cool to rattle in a buck (my first time doing this) but disappointing, but he also clearly wasn't looking for a fight. The moon was horrible, 96trigger is absolutely right, the moon cast ridiculous shadows most mornings heading out to the stand. Hopefully it picks up in the next few weeks, we need colder weather to freeze all the green browse in the woods...

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