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I live in the west metro and drive about 15 miles each way to my job each morning and afternoon.  I'm a high school Biology teacher and avid outdoorsman.  For the past 3 weeks or so straight, I've been seeing deer moving during daylight about 3-5 times per week during my commutes to and from school.  I've seen small bucks (1.5 - 2.5 year olds), (different ones) 2-3 times per week.  This tells me we are in the ramp up stages of our mid west rut.  Yesterday at 3:30 pm in broad daylight, saw a buck pushing a doe about 300 yds out in a picked corn field, and last  night when driving my daughter home from her drama / play practice saw a decent 8 pointer standing on highway at 9pm in that same area that I saw the buck and doe, about 6 hrs earlier.  I was only about 10 feet from clipping that buck as he and I both hit the brakes to avoid an untimely collision.  

Wondering first - why are these forums so slow, and second, if anyone else is seeing a steady ramp up in rut (buck) activity.  I only fire arms hunt due to 3 kids and time conflicts.  I'm wondering if folks in the north land have seen what I'm seeing around here in the in the southern (west metro) part of Mn.  With the very mild (little snow) winter we experienced last winter - I'm wondering if our mild fall is contributing to what might be a great fall hunt.  The moon phase and foretasted weather change for this coming weekend may contribute to a very active gun opener across our state. 

Thoughts? 

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79LumaCraft

I'm surprised these forums are slow too, have been for a few years now. I hunt north east metro. Been out for 16 sits with my bow since Oct 1, spent 25 hours in the stand this weekend, and I haven't seen much of a ramp up in activity yet. I've seen more bucks this year than ever before in my three years hunting this spot, but I saw them this weekend at the same time of day that I did a month ago. I was thinking the warm weather and the wind when I've been hunting has been a factor. Looking forward to this weekend as temps will drop significantly

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Last week was seeing small bucks chasing does.  Bigger bucks checking lone does.  Many new ground scrapes found this morning.

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monstermoose78

Lots of buck movement around at this time.  Traffic is good just need to get people posting. Thank you for posting

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I have lost and remade account a few times. When I first stumbled onto this site, it was very good, knowledgeable people, helping each other. More and more people came on, and ruined the site. Lots of wrong information. People just not smart, people who have not put in the work, always looking for an easy way. I understand you have to know how to do something, but veterans put in thousands of hours of very hard work to learn how to do it. Sad to see this site crap out, but that is what happens. Something starts small, but good, grows in people and is not good, then empties out, and might get good again..  

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