Eastern Illinois RutContributors to this thread:
What’s everyone seeing ? I’m in Edgar county an it’s slow .
Go to your "state board" and start a thread there....hopefully you could get guys input. The Illinois board is pretty lame though....we have a great board in Wisc. and have daily updates from all over the state.
Maybe you could start something up....good luck.
I’m 80 miles south of you. It’s been a really slow rut. Very little chasing around here. My buddy in Clark county 30 miles south of you is also slow
Hit or miss seems like. I’m hoping it warming up today a bit will help movement.
I've not heard that theory before. Best day of the "rut" so far for me was Monday in that near blizzard we had. Otherwise, yes the rut has been slow here.
Slow in NW corner of state
Buddy in Southern Illinois this week. Said it has been decent there, with a couple big bucks shot. He hasn't had any luck on his target deer though.
Warm up is relative - 35 is warm compared to 5!
Heck ya it’s slow! It’s colder than a well diggers butt around here! Was 6 yesterday morning and 26 this morning, heat wave. Things should pick up a little more next week, then you’ll have the orange army to contend with starting Friday.
I live in northern Illinois, McHenry County, and it’s been slow here so far. Only saw a spike this afternoon.
Much better this eve - saw quite a bit of activity.
I’m in Iowa and have hunted 8 solid days dark to dark and have seen 2 shooters. I should be seeing that many each day.
It’s all relative. If you have hot does and mature bucks you will say the rut is on. If you don’t you will call it slow.
Just returned home from SE illinois 14 days in the field lots of small bucks chasing, last few days big ones started coming out of hiding should be on week prior to gun season !
NW Indiana was great last week, bucks and Does movin' all over ... I bucked out in Oct. so was sitting for a big Doe, had small does and a few good bucks within range 4 out of 5 days last week while on Vac. ... the larger Does were being chased by bucks and presented no shot ...... then Gun season opened yesterday (Sat.) and screws up everything ...
I just finished with 24 straight days in SW Wisc. and everyone is reporting a really strange rut this year. Big bucks were on their feet as early as 10/26 and just plugged along. No real intense action just a long drawn out "trickle rut".
Taxidermists I spoke with in Illinois have said it`s been a good year so far.