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5 Intruder Tactics to Trick Whitetail Bucks During Rut

Convince a mature buck that an interloper has invaded his turf. Then use it against him.

5 Intruder Tactics to Trick Whitetail Bucks During Rut

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A heavy-racked buck grunts and snort-wheezes, challenging the intruder. Hairs stand on end, legs stiffen, ears pin back and heads lower. They circle one another, looking for a weakness and anticipating the first move. Testosterone levels skyrocket. A moment of suspense precedes the plunge. Two scar-ridden bucks clash in an epic battle for dominance.

This is a common occurrence during the whitetail rut, and it's one that hunters can mimic to convince a buck that another mature deer has moved into its core area. To do that, you must trick the buck's senses. It's all about realism—and selling the pitch.

STEP 1: PROFILE TARGET BUCKS

The first step in staging a mock...

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