An Early Rut?

The fall buck shuffle is heating up! Check out this activity around one scrape last week.

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For deer hunters, checking trail cam photos is sort of like your birthday and Christmas all rolled up in one–the anticipation builds when a cold front passes or when a hard frost hits and you just can’t wait to get that little disk into your hands to see what’s on it.
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That anticipation is perhaps highest early in the season when trail cams provide you with the first look at the bucks in your hunting area. We put a new Bushnell Trophy Cam on the freshly opened scrape last week in our hunting area in New York’s Catskills. With the moon waxing full (Oct. 4), our trail cam captured a flurry of buck activity on the scrape including a shoving match between a couple of spikes.
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The times of the visits are also fascinating. This was on Oct. 3 at 5:27 am
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Oct. 3, 5:28 am
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Oct. 4, 12:46 am
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Oct. 4, 1:34 am
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Oct. 4, 1:36 am
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Oct. 4, 1:37 am
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Oct. 4, 2:05 am
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Oct. 4, 2:06 am
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Oct. 4, 10:28 pm
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Oct. 4, 10:29 pm
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Oct. 5, 1:47 am
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Oct. 5, 1:49 am
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Oct. 5, 1:52 am
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Oct. 5, 5:15 am
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Oct. 5, 9:14 pm
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Oct. 6, 4:03 am
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Oct. 6, 7:25 pm
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Oct. 6, 7:26 pm
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Oct. 9, 4:00 am
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Oct. 10, 11:38 pm

The fall buck shuffle is heating up! Check out this activity around one scrape last week.