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Whitetail bucks active in rut, winter conditions

Nate Krohn photographed this bruiser with his trail cam at a baited plot on Nov. 6. The late whitetail buck huntingseason opens in mid November in portions of northeastern Washington to coincide with the front end of the whitetail mating season, otherwise known as the rut. (Nate Krohn)
Nate Krohn photographed this bruiser with his trail cam at a baited plot on Nov. 6. The late whitetail buck huntingseason opens in mid November in portions of northeastern Washington to coincide with the front end of the whitetail mating season, otherwise known as the rut. (Nate Krohn)

HUNTING — Reports have been coming in for two weeks that whitetail bucks are actively scraping, sparring and now they're pursuing does.

Rattling is a good hunting tactic in the early portion of the rut.

The late season for whitetail bucks opened in select northeastern Washington units Saturday and the season runs through Nov. 19

Nate Krohn photographed this bruiser with his trail cam at a baited plot on Nov. 6. He also had remote photos of sparring bucks.  He was planning to be out this week rattling to help his wife put a tag a nice 6x4 pointer he's been following.

“I have his sheds and mounted them on a skull and he scored out in the low 170's,” Krohn said.

  




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