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2017 rut activity
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Contributors to this thread:
Butcher 07-Nov-17
pointingdogs 07-Nov-17
The last savage 07-Nov-17
live2hunt88 07-Nov-17
t-roy 07-Nov-17
JohnB 08-Nov-17
craig@work 08-Nov-17
live2hunt88 08-Nov-17
molsonarcher 08-Nov-17
rooster 08-Nov-17
Bowriter 08-Nov-17
stick slinger 08-Nov-17
rooster 08-Nov-17
Butcher 09-Nov-17
BOHUNTER09 09-Nov-17
Big-Al 09-Nov-17
bdfrd24v 09-Nov-17
rooster 10-Nov-17
gobble50 10-Nov-17
Butcher 11-Nov-17
gobble50 12-Nov-17
scentman 13-Nov-17
spike78 13-Nov-17
elkman52 13-Nov-17
wildan 13-Nov-17
r-man 13-Nov-17
SteveB 14-Nov-17
scentman 14-Nov-17
From: Butcher
07-Nov-17
Just thinking about activity as of the last few days and thought would be cool for everyone to post about the rut activity your area. Ms has been slow until Sunday afternoon, seen 7 racked bucks an hr before dark on public land. Drove up to southern Illinois last nights d the morning off to a good start with 5 does coming Thur just after light. Had some friends in Iowa tag out sun afternoon and they were saying that it was wide open. What you guys seeing?

From: pointingdogs
07-Nov-17
Going wild in northeast Iowa :) Had a 150+ inch 10 point walk through my yard yesterday at 7:15 am as I was getting ready to go to work.

07-Nov-17
East central Illinois,,,350 usually fantastic farm,in past this would be a crazy rut week,,not this yr,,a few scrapes ..no chasing,rubbing,nothing. We're shocked to say the least,,

From: live2hunt88
07-Nov-17
The last savage

I'm in East central Illinois this week, 5-15. I've been able to rattle up some smaller bucks and have seen bucks following does around. Scrapes have all gone cold. I did drive around a bit after lunch I didn't see any daylight cruisers til I hit a small patch of timber on a creek. Had a good buck doggin 2 does.

From: t-roy
07-Nov-17
Central Iowa. Been the slowest rutting activity for the first 7 days in November I’ve ever experienced. A buddy in southern Iowa said it is really rocking down there where he’s at.

From: JohnB
08-Nov-17
They were chasing in northern MO last weekend.

From: craig@work
08-Nov-17
Pretty slow in central Michigan. A few little ones rubbing last week and then nothing so far this week. We had a lot of rain and wind the past 2 weeks so maybe that put a wrench in it.

From: live2hunt88
08-Nov-17
8 does came in and hung around awhile then left.. Not a sign of a buck around. Blows my mind

From: molsonarcher
08-Nov-17
Very slow in central ohio. Had good movement until Oct 31, now vert spotty. Scrapes not being hit, mature does walking around without male company.

From: rooster
08-Nov-17
I was in southern Ohio last week. Saw smaller bucks chasing and a couple of bigger bucks cruising. Was able to kill a good 8 pt Thursday at 10 am. Hunting NW Ohio this week and we're not seeing much at all. I had two dinks under me last night and have seen maybe 3 other deer since Monday. Wife thinks we've missed it.

From: Bowriter
08-Nov-17
Middle Tennessee-Lots of chasing but high temps has them doing so, mainly at night. Had 5.5" rain yesterday and that seems to have shut them down in daylight, too, even with falling temps. Friday and Saturday, should be the big days. Next 10-days should be great.

08-Nov-17
Northern IN last eve and this morning had a few dinks doing a bit of chasing, but nothing serious. This morning had 7 does n fawns with no bucks around. Seems strange.

From: rooster
08-Nov-17
We're out now in NW Ohio. Wife just had 3 does come through in range. She passed hoping that a buck might be following. No such luck. She's trying to kill her first buck and is holding out.

From: Butcher
09-Nov-17
Had a decent 8 pt in field last night s Illinois, not pushing or nudging or anything. Does still have fawns. Have found a few scrapes actively being worked but in open lanes in foot traffic areas, rubs few and far in between. Feels just wierd.

From: BOHUNTER09
09-Nov-17
South east Illinois. Rattled up a decent 8 Tuesday am quartering to at 14 yards. N shot. Grunted in a really nice 8 Wednesday pm. Cool and calm this am. Nothing moving. Have seen seeking. Not chasing

From: Big-Al
09-Nov-17
Front Range of Colorado, they are chasing and locked up on does.

From: bdfrd24v
09-Nov-17
Saw 11 bucks yesterday morning in SW Pennsylvania. All 1.5-2.5 were responding really well to rattling. Lots of rubs and scrape activity. Oddly I've yet to see what I would consider a hot doe. Zero bucks chasing doe and several doe with fawns still standing by the side. Its been odd at best.

From: rooster
10-Nov-17
They were chasing last night here in N W Ohio. One hot doe and at least 3 bucks. One real nice 8 or 10. My buck tag is punched so just watching the show opting for Brenda to get a chance at a buck.

From: gobble50
10-Nov-17
South Central Iowa ..... SLOW, SLOW SLOW! Full moon?

From: Butcher
11-Nov-17
Anybody have an experience in se Illinois after the 1st gun season. 17-19 nov this year. That’s my next time i can get back up there. Hoping to catch some late rut maybe

From: gobble50
12-Nov-17
South Central Iowa ..... SLOW, SLOW SLOW! Full moon?

From: scentman
13-Nov-17
hunted yesterday and 3 different bucks locked down with does, one bruiser was with a doe fawn... is that even possible? That is in WNY

From: spike78
13-Nov-17
Scentman its a pedophile buck.

From: elkman52
13-Nov-17
Not only is it possible it's probable.More than 1/2 the doe fawns are bred the first year.

From: wildan
13-Nov-17
Rut is full on in Northern NY.had three bucks chasing a doe all around me last night.

From: r-man
13-Nov-17
zero rut activity here . its dead in the woods . but check his out just saw fawn tracks that I could cover with a quarter . what month was she bread ?

From: SteveB
14-Nov-17
Must be global warming :)

From: scentman
14-Nov-17
I watched him bedded in an uncut hay field for 2hrs, never seen her till she stood up and starts feeding... i'm looking thinking moms in there some where, nope... she starts moseying away he gets up and follows. At one point this munchkin turns around as if to say "you coming big boy" and he just trots over and the two love birds fizzled into the dusk. It was quite amusing watching this go on. scentman

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