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Old 10-18-2011, 04:02 AM   #1
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Since we don't have a defined RUT like you guys get to experience I am just curious as to what you call the rut? If the peak of the rut is when they are in full chase mode then I guess my hunt on Oct. 28th-Nov. 4th will be considered pre-rut? Is this correct? I came to MO last Nov.19th and was only seeing small 1-2yr old bucks chasing and grunting @ does so I am guessing on those dates most mature bucks have finished their first cycle of rut activity? I have always considered the full fledge chasing as the peak is that what you guys consider to be the same? In Mercer on the 28th of Oct. should I expect to see the mature bucks locked down with a doe and chasing her from one end of the farm to the next or should I still expect him to be on his feet(cruising is what I call it) just searching for a hot doe?



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Oct 28 - Nov 4 should be about the perfect timing to catch the best action, right before the majority of does come into heat. Nov 19 is tough hunting for mature bucks cause most of them are holed up with a hot doe at that time. The biologists usually refer to the the "peak of the rut" as the peak of breeding, which usually occurs within a few days of Nov 15th here.



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You might be a bit north of me but I'd think your hunt should time out perfectly for bucks seeking/chasing does.
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Oct 28 - Nov 4 should be about the perfect timing to catch the best action, right before the majority of does come into heat. Nov 19 is tough hunting for mature bucks cause most of them are holed up with a hot doe at that time. The biologists usually refer the the "peak of the rut" as the peak of breeding, which usually occurs within a few days of Nov 15th here.


Yeah...what he said regarding terminology is what I was always taught.
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Last year during Rifle Season the small Bucks were chasing Doe's all around...the smarter Big Bucks knew which Does were in Estrous and were locked down with them breeding....I'd have to look in my new Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine for the Rut date down South....but I do know that Charles A. said the best time to hunt the rut up North (Our Area) was during 9 days Nov. 10,11,12 (<~~~opening day of Rifle Season) 13,14,15,16,17 and the 18th.

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Last year during Rifle Season the small Bucks were chasing Doe's all around...the smarter Big Bucks knew which Does were in Estrous and were locked down with them breeding....I'd have to look in my new Deer & Deer Hunting Magazine for the Rut date down South....but I do know that Charles A. said the best time to hunt the rut up North (Our Area) was during 9 days Nov. 10,11,12 (<~~~opening day of Rifle Season) 13,14,15,16,17 and the 18th.


Yeah, old Chuck may want to revise that to read 3 days, cause after the rifle opener, all bets are off.
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So I guess I was looking at it in the right way. Now to hope that Vector grunt call draws them in on the 29th-4th! Cannot wait to be in a tree.

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I'd say you're gonna see a bunch of activity while you're there.

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jbhunter... where are you hunting, lease, guided???? but yeah your timing should be pretty good especially the last couple of days.

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You'll probably see more and more activity every day. The hard part's gonna be heading back home!

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