Why is gun season in rut?

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Rodeo man, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. Rodeo man

    Rodeo man 8 pointer

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    This question has probably been asked here before sorry. I hunted with my son this morning. He passed on several small bucks, and countless does. We saw one big 8. I don't know if bedded down, on it's approach or what, but it disappeared like magic. Anyway he's 8, and killed a small buck last year. I wouldn't get it mounted. He is waiting for one I will let him mount. I am no hunter whatsoever. I did enjoy taking him turkey hunting last year, but deer hunting bores me beyond words. When we left the woods for lunch I saw many people with 1.5 year old bucks in their truck. I know people hunt for meat, and various other reasons. No more than I know about the sport/hobby it occurs to me if everybody waited for a nice buck, there would be more nice bucks. Why is gun season during the rut. I bought a gallon of paint at TSC yesterday, and there were people buying everything to go hunting with, most were even buying corn. It was evident to me these people aren't sportsman. Having it during the rut seems to promote the casual hunter, and deflate the serious. Just my observation.
     
  2. mev1977

    mev1977 6 pointer

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    Because the big boys let there guard down and they are more visible..Unfortunatley the small guys are even more visible and some people that dont have much property or dont hunt otherwise get excited to see a deer with horns and so they get shot..But I would say overall its because the deer activity is at a peak most times and thats why the gun season is in the rut,,Kinda like why spring turkey season is when it is..
     
  3. MKFrench78

    MKFrench78 Fawn

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    To control deer populations. As mentioned earlier MOST every critter season is during peak mating times for that critter. Split-tail=TROUBLE! Surprised I haven't been shot or hit by a car chasing it myself. You can't eat bone and you can't tell people what they should shoot...unless they're hunting your property. Most will agree with you about shooting does for meat and let the young bucks walk but not everyone has the luxury of being picky.
     
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  4. mikeyj

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    I think the reasoning behind it is like mev1977 stated. Activity is at it's peak and it is the best way to help control the population.
     
  5. farmertom

    farmertom 8 pointer

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    I think im gonna puke if one more high and mighty tells me what kinda deer to shoot. I would be ashamed of myself if my daughter killed her first deer and I wouldn't mount it for(provided I had the money)
     
  6. M-O-N-E-Y! It generates revenue.
     
  7. closingthedistance

    closingthedistance Fawn

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    I personally don't mind people shooting young bucks, that way these guys that aren't really hunters will go home. Every year four wheelers running everywhere, poachers riding the roads, guys walking around instead of actually hunting, etc. Today was more like a circus than hunting.
     
  8. Rodeo man

    Rodeo man 8 pointer

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    You would really have a lot to say, if you heard me promoting a land owner only season.
     
  9. sniperflash

    sniperflash 6 pointer

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    First off I have two nice deer on my wall and I passed three small bucks today. I just don't under stand some one who is not a sportsman would know what a trophy is to someone. If somebody killed a spike that is what they wanted that is what got their heart pumped so they can kill what ever they want. Just go and enjoy your time in the woods and kill what you see fit. People like to kill soothing every year and if you wait on a big buck guess what that don't happen every year so just congratulate them and go on that's all we can do
     
  10. ggodwin

    ggodwin 10 pointer

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    I dont recall when the dates were changed but it used to be 1 week earlier than it is now. I am mainly a bow hunter and I have spent the last 16 days in a tree. I have had countless 1.5 come into shooting range. Several 3.5's and one what I would call shooter. He was 60 yds away mating with a doe. If gun season can in during the the pre-rut we would not have the quality we have now. I am just happy that they have moved it back. Because right now is very hard to get a mature buck.
     
  11. Rodeo man

    Rodeo man 8 pointer

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    I see your point. He has some bucks on trail cam picked out that he wants.
     
  12. Rodeo man

    Rodeo man 8 pointer

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    He killed a big 8 this morning. I'm glad he waited. If I figure out how to post pics I will.
     
  13. sniperflash

    sniperflash 6 pointer

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    Im not bashing him its good that he wants a good one and im glad he held out for the eight can't wait to see pics
     
  14. hollandhunter

    hollandhunter 12 pointer

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    I dont think it happens during the rut every year just depends on the weather. They dont plan seasons for us hunters they do it to reduce the heard to management numbers for a numerious amount of reasons. But like said if gun season falls during the rut there will be awhole lot more bigger bucks killed then if it happend before or after ther rut.
     
  15. Poppie

    Poppie Banned

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    I would so totally agree !!!!
     

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