The Rut is On!?!?Contributors to this thread:
'Ike' (Phone) 25-Oct-19
ground hunter 30-Oct-19
South Farm 30-Oct-19
Ah yes, the time for that age old argument has arrived :-)
It seems the teenagers are definitely in rut
I saw chasing last night.
After seeing Shug's live fb feed today, I'd say the young bucks are definitely in lust!
I saw small bucks trying to chase in northern PA 2 weeks ago. Does and big bucks weren't interested. I wouldn't call that rutting
Wednesday morning in upstate SC, i saw 8 bucks running several does around my stand. Ended up killing the biggest one, probably a 3.5 yr old. Also got a really mature 9pt on my camera a few days ago with a doe. But we are always earlier than the midwest in terms of rut. I will be going to Ohio on 11/08 and counting on it being Wide Open!
I have a series of 100+ trail cam pics of a probable 3 year old buck, in velvet, chasing a doe around a small pond for several minutes in late August of one year. I don’t think they were rutting, he was just feeling it, weather was cool, and he was having fun.
From: 'Ike' (Phone)
Lol...Love those memes!
Small bucks have been amped up for a few weeks. At my place the mere sight of a small buck by a mature doe sends her running in the opposite direction. The little buck then acts all confused with a look of “what did I do” for a moment as he then runs after her with his lip curled and a soft grunt. It’s entertaining the first few times but I am ready for the show. 2 more work days then off until the 21st. Let’s Gooooo!
Is that Chris brackett?
Breeding may take place at the same time but it seems the pre-rut starts a day or two earlier every year here. The rut seems to last for 3 months...lol
Completely amazed to see a mature buck chasing a doe like nuts grunting loud and often last Friday. I was amazed. I've only seen that around Mid November here (MA) over the years... You just never know when that one doe changes the "plan" so to speak!
Fun as heck to watch though!
this young buck was very interested in my buck decoy last week. What does that mean? Rut or no rut??
From: ground hunter
Paul where did you get that decoy? I guess everything is ordered on line today.... Have a place next week, it would be ideal........ anyway, at this time of year, at least this week, I walk all day, only thing other than my bow, is my binos with my rick young harness
Yesterday saw 9 does, 2 small bucks chasing, lots of fun, all under 50 yards. Wisconsin area, they are getting nuts,
Chase is on in CT
I differentiate between "following and pestering" by yearling bucks as pre-rut, opposed to chasing by older bucks as the "real rut".
ground hunters, I have had that Carrylite decoy for over 20 years. The decoy is not made any more mostly because of the competition from other companies that now make them. It has served me will and has helped me kill a few nice bucks over the years. I hope to use it again successfully next week when the Colorado season reopens. This Kansas buck was the last one I killed over it on November 5th. a few years back.
I was seeing a definite upswing in activity including lots of chasing last week, now I haven’t seen a single deer since Saturday which is odd even for here. The weather has been bad with high winds which I’m guessing is why.
From: South Farm
My buck was chasing a doe pretty hard the other day when he met his demise, so I think it's game time!
Prime(at least in the North-East) is Nov.5-15.
Not a very clear picture (towards top of photo) but young buck mounted decoy last Friday evening. He knocked it over then just stood and looked at it.