Does anyone think the rut can/does change from year to year? I believe some years it is later here in MO and some years it is earlier. This year, I believe it started early hard, but then there was a lapse where not much was going on and then it hit hard again. I'm a big believer that weather makes a difference too. IMO
...and on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my times has come, still my soul will sing Your praise unending, ten thousand years and then forevermore!