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In no particular order...
1) Doe's
2) Food
3) Cover
4) Low hunting pressure (feeling secure)
5) ?... I think I can sum it up with 4.

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1.) Cover.
2.) Low pressure.
3.) Water.
4.) Food.
5.) Does.

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1. Not getting shot when a button buck.
2. Not getting shot when 1.5 year old
3. Not getting shot when 2.5 year old.
4. Cover
5. Food.
 

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The obvious:
safety
cover
food
water

I believe your question should be, what is the most important thing to allow a buck to survive?

IMO, not getting killed during his 1st or 2nd year is the most fundamental "thing" to give a hunter an opportunity at encountering a monarch buck.
 

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1. Does-this is done with the obvious food, water, cover, and low hunting pressure to keep them around.

2. Prefered scraping trees-apple, AO, oak, basswood, box elder, and mulberry are my favorite.

3. Prefered Rubbing trees-Spruce, white pine, cedar, basswood, willow and alder.

4. High energy late season food sources-brassicas, corn, and beans.

5. Secure, but easily traverseable trail systems.
 

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1. Does-this is done with the obvious food, water, cover, and low hunting pressure to keep them around.

2. Prefered scraping trees-apple, AO, oak, basswood, box elder, and mulberry are my favorite.

3. Prefered Rubbing trees-Spruce, white pine, cedar, basswood, willow and alder.

4. High energy late season food sources-brassicas, corn, and beans.

5. Secure, but easily traverseable trail systems.
Well by going by this i should have some big boys come the rut I pretty much have this 5things,thanks for your replays guys


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There is only ONE factor that can guarantee big bucks.........age. Of course you can improve the probability of having big bucks on your land but even bucks on properly managed land are not big bucks at 1.5 years old. With that said and to answer your direct question since you didn't say anything about harvesting those big bucks

1) feeling secure(proper cover, limited pressure, proper bedding)
2)proper food/supplement
3) water
4) does
5)easy travel paths from bedding to food
 

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1. No pressure before I hunt.
2-5 see above answer.
 

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1. A HOT doe would make any buck happy!
He will not care about 2-5 if he has her.:D
2. daytime security (Unmolested by humans, predators, and other deer)
3.Travel areas where he can remain for the most part hidden as he moves.
Including Escape routes.
4. Food/water
5. As stated places to establish his dominance,,licking branches,,,trees to rub,,,etc.
 
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