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Rut Report from January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017

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There are 21 reports

Greg ( State line State line )
Submitted : Nov 09,2017

Well, I saw a couple of big ones cruising mid day yesterday. There's no doubt that the rut is on here in east central Indiana, but I'm not seeing near the numbers or activity that I've seen in years past. Feeling a bit discouraged.

Joe S ( Bloomington Bloomington )
Submitted : Oct 30,2017

I was out yesterday afternoon and the rut is starting... about 3:30pm I had a nice 8 pointer come thru at 60 yrds trailing a doe with his nose to the ground behind her.

Greg ( State line State line )
Submitted : Oct 28,2017

My 11 year old daughter got her first buck this evening. It's starting to heat up in east central Indiana. Came in for a heart shot at 20 yrs on a series of calls and a snort weeze to pull him out of the thick stuff. Now it's my turn. C'mon vacation. Good luck guys!

Greg ( State line State line )
Submitted : Oct 28,2017

The rut is starting to kick in here in east central indiana. Saw a good amount of chasing today. My 11 year old daughter got her first buck this eve. Came in to a series of calls and a snort weeze to lure him in. 20 us heart shot with the pse crossbow. I'm one proud father right now. Now it's time for me to put one down. With 10 days of vacation starting this week, I think my timing was perfect this year. Good luck guys!

Greg ( State line State line )
Submitted : Oct 26,2017

Btw, these deer aren't really showing signs of rut yet. Had my decoy out at 20 yrs and the big one hung up behind me and didn't seem bothered by the decoy. Things should be heating up any day now.

Greg ( State line State line )
Submitted : Oct 26,2017

Yet another evening with the big one in close range right at dusk. Had him at 15 yds but couldn't see through the peep. Smh

Greg ( State line State line )
Submitted : Oct 25,2017

Had a close encounter with a 170"+ this evening. Been seeing this deer pretty regularly. Came in to rattles but your wouldn't commit. As he got closer, I blew 2 soft buck grunts and a snort weeze. He just wasn't having it and walked away. Seeing lots of deer. This cold snap should get em moving a bit more and hopefully the bucks will start to lose their senses. Good luck guys.

Greg ( State line State line )
Submitted : Oct 19,2017

The crops are coming off and the deer are on the move. Seeing lots of rubs and scrapes and seeing deer of all sizes on their feet. It's about to get real good. Good luck guys!

Chuck ( Miami Miami )
Submitted : Oct 14,2017

I saw the bucks last Tuesday and Thursday. And the last line was, we have had nothing on camera.

Chuck ( Miami Miami )
Submitted : Oct 14,2017

Got last year's buck back from the taxidermist, by far my biggest to date. So far this year I have had 1, dark night encounter with the largest body deer I have ever seen. He came in aggressively toward my grunt I was using to mask myself walking out. Then I saw another buck a few days later making a scrape and grunting at something behind him. (Both last the and thurs.) Since then we have seen no bucks and only 3 does, and both in on camera. Weather and the Lull.

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Submitted : Oct 13,2017

The season has started off good for my daughter and I but I guess they call this the October lull. I'm going to try it anyways

Dr.Bones ( Batesville Batesville )
Submitted : Sep 24,2017

All weapons locked in for actions d ready to go. Standsites scouted and noted. Shooters spotted and locations to go after them ready. Now all we need....wind direction and Oct 1st to get here and the show starts!! Good luck to all for a safe, event filled, and successful season. God bless you all . Time to hide in the shadows! Bones out.

Howie ( Cross Plains Cross Plains )
Submitted : Sep 18,2017

Bucks still scattered about...plenty of doe's in the clover food plot's.Several shooters been in the timber and plot's with (1) around a 170 class been watching since July and won't be long now boy's although i don't start hunting till about the 20th of Oct when the buck's start too get revved up.Good luck to all hunters wherever you are or whatever you hunt...

Greg ( State line State line )
Submitted : Sep 15,2017

Well, it's crunch time! 2 more weeks and we'll be hitting the stands. The silage is starting to come off and the big ones are showing up. Most have shed velvet and are looking good. Can't wait.

Greg ( State line State line )
Submitted : Aug 28,2017

Haven't seen many bucks while scouting mornings or evenings but I finally came across a couple of shooters in the beans yesterday around noon. These were the first good bucks I've seen since June. Guess I was scouting all the wrong times.

Dr. Bones ( Batesville Batesville )
Submitted : Jul 24,2017

Bucks showing up pretty well here in Indiana as the beans get bigger. Here's a dandy Travis ran into tonight that gets us fired up around here. Hope you all are seeing them too. Won't be long.....

Dr. Bones ( Batesville Batesville )
Submitted : Jul 09,2017

Mid July here in Indiana is usually deer in beans time and this year is no exception it seems. Have seen a couple of good bucks and a lot of does this past week and with the beans really picking up steam, I expect that sightings should really pick up. Summer heat picking up too though and storms rolling in but hope to have some pictures soon to start getting fired up for the season with. That's about it for now though so till next time, God bless you all and happy scouting!

Dr. Bones ( Batesville Batesville )
Submitted : Jun 24,2017

Yep looking good here Greg. If you haven't gone turkey hunting before, it is a great thing to help pass the time till dee season. Cameras should be out next week and spotting scope is lookin good. Got some steelhead fishing to do on the Black River, then it will be time to get to it. Tic tic tic......????

Greg ( State line State line )
Submitted : Jun 15,2017

Hey Bones, the mild winter definitely helped our herd. Seeing plenty of deer now and seeing some good bucks too. As for turkey, I haven't hunted them before but I'm starting to see a few in my area. Good luck scouting guys!

Dr. Bones ( Batesville Batesville )
Submitted : May 14,2017

Well turkey season was a short one for us here in Indiana as Travis took a 221/2 liber in 22 minutes opening evening and my bird came in quiet 3 days later after an hour and a half wait. Now it's time to get the cameras back out to start checking out the antlers. Travis has a hunting trip to New Zealand for red stag to get ready for coming next March so lots to get ready for there. Any tips on foreign hunting travel would be greatly appreciated by us rookies. Kclap....hopin you and Miss Braylen connected on your gobblers this year. We are always rooting for your crew up here. Well, gotta go for now. Crappie hitting hard and got 3 days on Lake Monroe coming up to get ready for. God bless you all till next time. Bones out.

Dr. Bones ( Batesville Batesville )
Submitted : Apr 10,2017

Pulled cameras that have been out since mid February and looks like our mild winter helped the deer herd here. DNR decided not to do sharpshooters since only 1 deer was found with T.B. And with over 2000 checked deer no more incidents so disaster averted and some good hunting still to look forward to. Now to back off of so many doe permits and we will be all set! Just found first batch of mushrooms here in Franklin County so that, walleye and white bass running, turkey season coming on. Great time of year to be aliv.If you haven't been out yet, go get ya some. Kclap, good luck with the turkeys and tell Miss Braeylen to hammer a big Tom for me. God bless you all till next time .Bonesout!


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