Sounds like the way my hunt went the other day, I saw about four 130" bucks cruising for does until about 2 pm. The rut is on big time, those doe's could very well have a giant buck following them now! None of the deer saw my decoy! They just missed by having thier sight blocked by brush, one buck ( no bow shot as he was behind some tree limbs!) was about 45 yards, still missed my decoy!! All ignored my heat bleat when close, yet responded when far away. So close to a nice buck kill yet again! I did see one buck that may have been a heavy massed 150 class 8 pointer, lots of tall tines out there this year!! I saw a few does being chased by fork horns, which the doe's were really franticly running away from. I used "still steamin hot doe" gel in a mock scrape, seemed to really get the bucks worked up in the area bigtime. I'm going to rattle in the next few trips to the woods, as the action has really picked up over night here. I'm thinking first firearms season should see some great rut action for sure, so I'm backing off my stands a little bit. Something else we all need to relize is that next week is going to bring a cold snap, that will really set off the heavy chasing phase of the rut. This warm weather is a rut suppresser, even if you still see rutting bucks running around. Looks to be a repeat of 2004, the year I caught grampa buck chasing a young doe! Good luck everyone!
"Let a young buck go, so he can grow."