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Whitetail rut still making bucks vulnerable to archers

Chris van Kempen with achery season whitetail buck taken on Dec. 2, 2011. (Courtesy photo)
Chris van Kempen with achery season whitetail buck taken on Dec. 2, 2011. (Courtesy photo)

HUNTING -- The fat lady has sung for deer hunting seasons in Montana and for rifle hunters in Idaho, but late seasons are still giving hunters a few shots at whitetails in designated areas of eastern Washington.

And the rut's still on to some degree throughout the region.

Remember, the Nov. 20-21 peak of whitetail conceptions pegged by research in the northwestern states is only the top of the bell curve. As we move into the holidays, the season's breedings are on the downhill slope, but there's still action out there for bucks -- and hunters.

The Idaho archery hunts open Dec. 10.

With just days remaining in most of the eastern Washington late bowhunting seasons, Chris van Kempen tagged the nice wall-hanger above by taking advantage of the buck's lingering desire to make sure every doe is bred and every competitor is challenged.

"I went out this afternoon got into my stand and did a few rattling sets," he reported Friday. "On the third set, I was able to rattle this buck in to 30 yards! It was awesome I was only in the stand for about a hour and 20 min."

Yes, I have the urge to kick Chris out of jealousy, too -- but not before giving him a high-five. 




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