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Been hitting the national forest pretty hard the past two weeks. Seeing a pile of deer, double digits in a lot of sits, just not much rut activity and nothing I’ve wanted to shoot. This one came cruising through around 10:45 Tuesday morning, 140yds high shoulder dropped him in his tracks.
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This morning I went to a small piece of private property my family owns on the west side of town. This guy came out chasing a yearling doe at 6:20. Put one in him and he piled up but he started kicking as soon as he hit the ground. Before I could get an anchor shot in him he jumped up and ran off. Gave it an hour and watched a spike harass the hot doe for a while before I walked down to where he dropped. He only made it 15 yds off the plot. Deer had the biggest neck of any buck I’ve ever seen around here, it was impressive.
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that's a biggun. and that neck, sheeze.
have any of you noticed that the bucks in rut with swelled necks smell stronger? never really noticed this until this year.
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The one from this morning didn’t smell all that strong, his tarsals weren’t even really that stained yet, but in that area the rut doesn’t usually cut loose good until early February.

The one from Tuesday that I killed in conecuh stunk like hell, tarsals where super dark.
 

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i know that there is no correlation with neck swelling and tarsal gland secretion. none that i know of anyway. of course we all know that the buck practices fighting and builds neck muscles but i was thinking to do some reading on the size of the neck due to hormones and the production of tarsal gland attractant. i can't find much information about this. like i said, i just noticed neck/tarsal glands this year. i cleaned my first deer in 1969.
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edit: typo on that year, 1989. hell, there were no deer in coffee county in 1969
 

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oh, and i forgot to ask you, lincoln, did the conecuh buck have a huge neck?
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Dang can I have your horse shoe or rabbits foot??? Way to slay em!!!!!
 
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