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Deer Hunting in Louisiana

Early rut?

I don't know if I'm wrong or right but it seems like I've noticed deer chasing earlier than usual. I hunt in Clinton and have seen 5 bucks running does hard not just checking them. Also had 2 decent deer fighting not sparring. Usually the rut starts around Christmas in my area is anybody else noticing it early or am I just seeing things?
December 11, 2012 at 8:20pm
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Posted December 11, 2012 at 8:49pm

Couple days ago i got some serious fighting pics with bloody scars. Yesterday crashing and snorting in the palmetto. Today about 2pm i saw abandoned yearlings in 3 different foodplots. This evening at 4:45pm nice 31/2yr 8pt came out and checked a scrape, his hock was coal black. 5pm spike came out with his tail parrallel and crooked at the end and started harrassing does. This leads me to the same conclusion. good luck.

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Posted December 11, 2012 at 8:57pm

yeah i hunt up in st. helena parish near you and was told that the rut is starting sometime this week.

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Posted December 11, 2012 at 9:02pm

Yeah that's what I'm afraid of. I get off school at the end of next week and hunt every day for around two weeks but the rut I guess will be ending around then

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Posted December 11, 2012 at 9:15pm

I hunt a little North West of you around Spillman and we have no sign of the rut yet. Only a few scrapes and rubs. Checked my camera this morning and as of last night still had bucks traveling together. Had 4 shooters togther eating rice bran. Also we have seen very few deer so far this year. All of our activity is at night.

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Posted December 11, 2012 at 9:27pm
little bit

Its just little early because dec.15 is normal start of scrapeing for us. It will still be 10-14 days before breeding phase will begin.

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Posted December 13, 2012 at 1:02pm
West Feliciana slow

I've been in the West Feliciana woods morning and afternoons for the last 3 days and it has been slow. No bucks chasing does that I have seen.

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Posted December 14, 2012 at 9:42am

I hunt northwest of clinton,have seen chasing on and off the last week in a half ,but all young bucks.Our rut usually starts around the second week of dec.If we can keep getting these cold fronts and leading up to the full moon the 28th of dec. it should be good.

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