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tator 11-20-2012 12:29 PM

The rut
Just Curious!

tator 11-20-2012 12:32 PM


Originally Posted by findmeoutside (Post 73575)
November 11-17 here in Southwest VA

Vote then BROTHER! :coffee:

gfdeputy2 11-20-2012 12:38 PM

hoping anyway it is this
week but I think it is already done

flexj 11-20-2012 01:24 PM

I shot my buck while he was breeding a doe on the I voted for this week.

Hunting Man 11-20-2012 02:21 PM

Problem is: in Ohio and PA the prime days are Nov 7-12 or so. Kinda falls in-between the poll numbers. I put my vote in for the 11-17 even though it's a bit off for my hunting.

delbert 11-20-2012 05:18 PM


Originally Posted by flexj (Post 73582)
I shot my buck while he was breeding a doe on the I voted for this week.

That was a easy choice

tator 11-20-2012 05:27 PM

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

Hunting Man 11-20-2012 06:37 PM

Tator, I believe that cold weather with a lot of overcast days can trigger the rut earlier by a couple days and conversely hot weather will push the rut back a couple of days. Hot days will have the main breading at night and in the coolest areas. With all that said I see the rut in Ohio and PA happening with-in two days every year. What I see most is lower buck travels in hot weather during the daylight hours. When that happens I like to re-set a stand in thick laurel thickets by the stream where things are a lot cooler. This year we had prime weather, lows right at 30* with daytime highs in the low 40's. This is perfect bow hunting temps and kept the bucks moving. Some hunters say to concentrate on where the does are feeding and the bucks will be there, maybe. I prefer to hunt buck travel routes during the rut and this has worked with our group very well. When you locate a 4-way buck travel spot, bingo, it will be there year after year. We have found one such place in PA, there are probably more but this one is magical. We take bucks there every year during the rut.

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