Is the rut on in TN?

Well,it’s getting that time of season. Rut should be here any day now,if it’s not already,but I’ve been getting mixed reviews. Over the past week’s hunts,we have seen a little bit of chasing from some younger bucks,but nothing significant. On that same note,my neighbor took a nice little 2 1/2 year old 8 point on opening day of muzzleloader,which was today. He said that the buck was with another buck who looked the same age,which leads me to the question,are the bucks still in bachelor groups? I’m headed out in the morning,hopefully we’ll see some definitive rut action then. I’ll keep you posted.


Todays hunt: 11/02/11 (Video)


C’mon Buddy, Big K here… Me and Jwo hit the woods at about 2:30 today after workin a half day. It was about 65 degrees …real nice out. Bout 4:30 a doe and a yearling walked out into a field at the back of the property …of course they were on someone else’s land. They fed for about an hour then, bedded down in the middle of the field. They got back up after half an hour. Jared and I thought “They gotta be wantin’ some “salt” with all the greens they were eatin…C’mon buddy!” The doe started walkin our way …I nocked an arrow. Just as the deer was about to jump the fence they turned and headed the other way! Son of a…!! We’ll get em next time!

Make sure you check in this Sat. J-WO is huntin the front stand solo!
I’ll be in PA for a Wedding …just watch, he’ll stick a monster

And remember , If it’s brown it’s down!!!!

A video of our hunt Nov. 2nd.

Holloween Hunt: 10/31/11 (Video)

Hey All, Big Kev here…
This was a solo hunt i pulled off on Holloween day. (Jared had to work that afternoon) I was hunting the back of the property close to a fence crossing where we had filmed some deer. I was feeling pretty sure I was gonna see some deer ..and at about 4:00 they started pouring into the field. There were does walking in from every direction ..well…execpt were I was in my tree! I watched them feed and hang for about an hr. Then , at about 5:45, a big bodied 3 point walked into the field. Now don’t get me wrong I do pass on small bucks… but not funky looking bucks that look like they are going to have bad blood line for the heard…and my freezer is empty …cmon:) So I rattled at him and got him within about 60 yrds , pick up my bow , but it was too dark to shoot!!! Dangit! Well I’m sure you all know how that goes sometimes. See the video below
Get ready …me and Jwo are hitting the woods again this week so ….last I heard he found a good rub line …C’mon Buddy we’ll keep ya posted!
And Remember Aim small miss small,
BTW…sometimes I get carried away crankin some Genesis on the way to the woods….but can you blame me, it’s almost the rut!


Story:Turnip greens lure record deer catch

Pulled from The Tennessean

Turnip Deer

One big buck’s appetite for turnip greens led to his demise on the opening day of the current archery-hunting season.

Lade Conlee landed the 5½-year-old buck that weighed 230 pounds (live weight) and had a massive 15-point rack. Using a crossbow from 20 yards, Conlee took down the animal as it nibbled on turnip greens Conlee had planted to lure him.

The rack’s Boone & Crockett net green score was 182¾ gross and 167¼ net.

“It was a perfect broadside double-lung shot,” said Conlee, who was hunting with his wife Katie. “He ran about 60 yards before he fell.”

Conlee lives in Kingston Springs and hunts on his land near the Williamson County line where he had spotted this particular buck the previous two years. He recognized the deer because of his unusual girth.

“He’s been coming through up there each year, but when deer season would come around and the acorns would start dropping he would disappear,” Conlee said.

“Every once in a while he’d show up in late October, but it’d be in the middle of the night and all I’d get would be trail-camera photos of him.”

Conlee recalled being asked to help a friend a few years ago by hunting the deer that were gobbling up the turnip-green patch he had planted in his garden.

That’s where Conlee came up with the ideal to bring the coveted buck close enough for a shot.

He planted a long row of turnip greens that started near the spot where he had last spotted the buck.

“Most people use seeds from Mossy Oak or put out corn or clover or stuff like that,” Conlee said. “But I remembered the deer that were bothering my friend really liking turnip greens, so I thought I’d see how they would work.”

It didn’t take long for the deer to be enticed by the leafy treat.

The base of the buck’s rack measured in circumference at more than five inches.

The buck field-dressed at 179 pounds.

“The body on him was ridiculous,” Conlee said.

Conlee’s taxidermist estimated the buck’s age at 5½. Conlee said he watched the buck grow significantly larger year after year.

“He was a real good deer last year and by all means if I could have gotten him I wouldn’t have hesitated,” Conlee said. “But there was quite a bit of difference between last year and this year.”

Conlee’s deer could be the largest ever harvested with a bow in Cheatham County.

The record rack score for a bow kill in Cheatham County is 1401/8 taken by Peter McEwan in 2003, according to the Tennessee Deer Registry.

The largest rack ever scored in Cheatham County was 1907/8 taken by Randy Newman, who used a gun.

There is a mandated 60-day wait period before antlers may officially be scored. That period will end for Conlee’s deer on Nov. 25.

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