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Big Bucks Before the Rut

November gets all the love, but October just might be a better bet.

Over the years, I often have been asked what time period during the deer season I most prefer to hunt mature bucks. While I once would have answered that my favorite time to hunt big deer is during the rut, that's no longer the case.

Now, it's not that I don't absolutely love chasing mature bucks during the rut. It's just that years of experience doing so have shown me that I stand a much better chance of patterning and killing a big buck during the late pre-rut.

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