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The rut seems to be on or close #8946290 10/30/23 04:56 PM
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All indications are that the rut here (Limestone County) is either on or just about on. The bucks are sniffing around in the daylight. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the older and very nice antlered bucks are nocturnal still. Hopefully that will change soon. The old 11 point better be careful.


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Re: The rut seems to be on or close [Re: 603Country] #8946294 10/30/23 05:00 PM
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Give it another two weeks. He'll be out and about.


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They are out today because there's a break in the weather.

Re: The rut seems to be on or close [Re: 603Country] #8946326 10/30/23 06:10 PM
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I literally had to stop in the middle of the road on my way home last night, right at last light. A very mature buck was standing still in the middle of road with his nose on the pavement, trying to find which way doe had gone. He was very very dark colored to. It`s happening already.

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I hunted Freestone county this past weekend, watched a 4.5 y/o 10 point breed a doe 5-6 times over about an hour Sat. morning. Sunday morning a young 8 point came hauling into my area, sniffing like crazy and busted out heading south on a mission ... which was weird since the wind was out of the north


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Re: The rut seems to be on or close [Re: 603Country] #8946343 10/30/23 06:36 PM
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Bucks are ready! Unfortunately, most of the does aren't.


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Re: The rut seems to be on or close [Re: 603Country] #8946367 10/30/23 07:36 PM
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The rut pretty much happens at the same tome every year. Where i hunt its the second week of november. I have seen some young bucks chasing and sniffing, and this westher will have bucks out, but its not yet time where i am at

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Re: The rut seems to be on or close [Re: 603Country] #8946398 10/30/23 08:27 PM
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Posted in another thread, I had two mature bucks locked up with does Saturday in Mills county. It's definitely kicking off and this cold front will really get them moving. Already have 4 new bucks on camera that hadn't been seen before this weekend, and one old stud that has returned after 5 weeks.


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Re: The rut seems to be on or close [Re: Sauerkraut] #8946495 10/30/23 10:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Sauerkraut
Bucks are ready! Unfortunately, most of the does aren't.


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Its the Does that determine the 'rut' not the bucks. Bucks will breed or follow any estrous Doe from the time the buck has a hardened antler (usually Sept). I have lots of bucks 'checking' the Does right now (in my area) but I would not say that the rut in 'On'. Typically the first and second week in November (here) is the peak of the rut.


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Originally Posted by flintknapper
Originally Posted by Sauerkraut
Bucks are ready! Unfortunately, most of the does aren't.


^^^^^

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Its the Does that determine the 'rut' not the bucks. Bucks will breed or follow any estrous Doe from the time the buck has a hardened antler (usually Sept). I have lots of bucks 'checking' the Does right now (in my area) but I would not say that the rut in 'On'. Typically the first and second week in November (here) is the peak of the rut.

^^^^^^for sure.


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Sounds like human activity, with the does deciding, but the bucks in pursuit.


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Re: The rut seems to be on or close [Re: 603Country] #8946531 10/30/23 11:13 PM
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Saw 5 bucks running doe’s today, it’s on up here.

Re: The rut seems to be on or close [Re: Ol Thumper] #8947019 10/31/23 06:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Ol Thumper
Saw 5 bucks running doe’s today, it’s on up here.

Go get em Thump.
Y’all seem to be ahead of us-maybe going east-or who knows.


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4 more news bucks across three cameras/feeders yesterday. They are cruising hard.


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