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November 2nd Rutfest!!
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Contributors to this thread:
huntnmuleys 02-Nov-20
Bowboy 02-Nov-20
Brotsky 02-Nov-20
huntnmuleys 02-Nov-20
Matt 02-Nov-20
wisconsinteacher 02-Nov-20
LONEBULL 02-Nov-20
huntnmuleys 02-Nov-20
From: huntnmuleys
02-Nov-20
Talk about a crazy morning!

So I’m hunting Whitetail deer in the Black Hills of South Dakota. I see a lot of elk up there, in fact I have been close to several bugling bulls throughout October. But this morning was different. A total elk rutfest! There were five or six bulls and a large group of cows and they were going nuts. I heard several hundred bugles, and one fight even. The cows were going nuts as well, they were talking like it was the middle of September. honestly I could hear them as soon as I got out of my ride in the dark, but when I got to the Treestand it just didn’t quit. I could see a few of them through the burn in a long another ridge and wanted to hike over and take pictures and maybe get some film but unfortunately the wind was not right for it. After an hour of this the herded slowly moved in was getting to a position where I had better wind and I climbed down and made a move. While I was doing that the herd somewhat split up, and I got to see a lot of the cows but I did not get to see any of the big bugling bulls. Sadly I did not get any pictures of video to substantiate any of this. They were still up and bugling in the sunshine, and this was all on public land that’s just two days ago had a 30 day rifle bull season end. Creaky

Anyhow the moral of this, besides the fact it is arguably the coolest morning of white tail deer hunting I’ve ever had in my life LOL, is asking if any of you have ever seen this kind of activity in November? I spend a LOT of time with elk and I’ve never seen anything like this. The deer should be rutting not the elk lol.

From: Bowboy
02-Nov-20
Brad I had the same thing happen in Oregon in the Blue Mountains in the late 90's. Good luck on hunting the whitetails.

From: Brotsky
02-Nov-20
Not uncommon at all in the Black Hills. We have a lot of elk, they're not terribly pressured. A very cool morning to say the least! I'll be out there at the end of the week for a few days, going to be a warm one!

From: huntnmuleys
02-Nov-20
It definitely is going to be warm, pretty crazy weather. I’ve hunted the Black Hills every year for basically forever and I’ve heard and seen a lot of elk but I’ve never seen anything like this in November.

From: Matt
02-Nov-20
A cow that was not bred in late Sept.- early Oct. likely came into a secondary estrus.

02-Nov-20
I can't wait to get out there!!! 3 more weeks!!

From: LONEBULL
02-Nov-20
I've seen it a couple of times. If they don't breed in Sept. they come back into heat 21 days later. This might be a third run for a cow or two.

From: huntnmuleys
02-Nov-20
That’s my best guess as well. I was back hunting in the same general vicinity night, although not the same stand I was this morning and they were going back at it. Started in again at about 4 o’clock. Not quite as intense as this morning, but still a lot of bugles and the cows were really sounding off.

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