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#5938542 - 09/21/15 07:01 AM Early rut?
BMowatt Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 02/08/07
Posts: 7317
Loc: Bradenton Florida
Working at the lease yesterday afternoon, Matagorda county, saw a hard horn buck standing over a doe. Watched them for a few minutes then the doe got up and ran off, few seconds later the buck was hot on her tail. Seems a bit early for rut activity.

#5938570 - 09/21/15 07:28 AM Re: Early rut? [Re: BMowatt]
DQ Kid Online   content
Extreme Tracker

Registered: 02/20/12
Posts: 3981
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
Luv is always in the air, just doesn't mean it will or can be reciprocated....

#5938580 - 09/21/15 07:36 AM Re: Early rut? [Re: BMowatt]
Kenny Powers Offline

Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 735
Loc: De-Kalb Sulphur River
Few years ago i watched a very nice 8 point following a doe a long ways and she was not liking it . This was Denton county in mid Oct.He had his nose to ground wasnt even looking at her the whole time. Almost got am arrow in him but he stopped just short of my killzone

Guns dont kill people.....bullets do.

#5938810 - 09/21/15 09:44 AM Re: Early rut? [Re: BMowatt]
kry226 Offline

Registered: 01/11/09
Posts: 4726
Loc: Germany
Same time every year.

#5939320 - 09/21/15 02:36 PM Re: Early rut? [Re: BMowatt]
8pointdrop Offline
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Registered: 12/16/11
Posts: 4707
Loc: My favorite place TEXAS
Just cause she ain't gonna go for don't stop me from trying that's for sure.

#5939331 - 09/21/15 02:47 PM Re: Early rut? [Re: 8pointdrop]
Opening Day Offline

Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 764
Loc: Needville Tx.
Originally Posted By: 8pointdrop
Just cause she ain't gonna go for don't stop me from trying that's for sure.

Watch out your gonna end up like Ben Roethlisberger.

#5939335 - 09/21/15 02:48 PM Re: Early rut? [Re: BMowatt]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 22748
Loc: Texas
I believe some of the coastal counties have an incredibly early rut.
It's hell eatin em live

#5939604 - 09/21/15 05:33 PM Re: Early rut? [Re: BMowatt]
Jack75206 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/24/15
Posts: 23
There's some good research on the topic -- although a lot of it is older -- and it all pretty much confirms that the rut happens at exactly the same time each year. Most of the variance is by county.

Here's TPWD:

#5939641 - 09/21/15 05:52 PM Re: Early rut? [Re: BMowatt]
Navasot Offline
Natty Love

Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 25631
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
There is a subspecies of WT think it's called the coastal prairie not positive that rut a good month earlier than their relatives.. I think it's the first week of October so very likley your seeing pre rut signs..

#5940120 - 09/21/15 10:00 PM Re: Early rut? [Re: BMowatt]
Ramsey Online   content
Pepe' Le Pew

Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 10273
Loc: Grayson County
Are you.headed to Kansas this year bmowat?
GET A MORTGAGE HERE AND GET A FREE YETI or Ramball Grill Pit or Custom knife from Mike C!

#5940215 - 09/21/15 11:00 PM Re: Early rut? [Re: BMowatt]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 6150
Loc: Lubbock, TX
I killed a doe the last Saturday of doe season in Mills county that had two very large fetus in her. No doubt in my mind they'd have been born before April 1st. So yeah, it happens.

#5940233 - 09/21/15 11:12 PM Re: Early rut? [Re: BMowatt]
John Humbert Online   content
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Registered: 12/13/10
Posts: 1583
Matagorda Island deer rut in Late Aug through first half of Sept.

Every year.

Not out of realm of possibility that some mainland deer in the area are starting too.

I have seen Aransaa Wildlife Refuge deer rutting in late September. Near Austwell

#5943015 - 09/23/15 03:30 PM Re: Early rut? [Re: John Humbert]
therancher Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 07/09/13
Posts: 5125
Loc: Mountain Home, Uvalde, and Big...
All the brazoria co deer rut hardest the first 2 weeks of sept.

All the theory on hours of sunlight determining rut timing, is BS.
"I cant wait to see if he plays this week, and if he does if he can actually break 50 percent completion ratio. Haha or maybe even throw for 200 yards. Possibly break a QB rating of 75." - Texas Tatonka

#5945856 - 09/25/15 08:52 AM Re: Early rut? [Re: BMowatt]
esnow74 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 01/09/12
Posts: 255
Loc: Ellis County, TX
The deer in the coastal plains rut early. Hunted in Refugio county for about 5 years and the peak of rutting activity seemed to be mid to late October.


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