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Coleman County Rut? #8956206 11/16/23 12:39 AM
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I've been at our place in south central Coleman County (3 miles south of Santa Anna) for the past 2 weekends and haven't seen any sign of the rut to speak of. Been seeing quite a few does around and all the bucks on camera disappeared but no chasing at all. Last night I had a doe and a 3 year old 8 point eating at the feeder for 30 minutes together with no sign of chasing at all. Has anyone around the area seen any rut action?


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Re: Coleman County Rut? [Re: TXranch56] #8956240 11/16/23 01:40 AM
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Yes, they are rutting. She might have already been breed or not ready yet. You can bet between now and 11/30/23 80% of your doe will have been breed. It happens the same every year.


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I am convinced that cold snap at Halloween triggered more does than typical into an earlier than usual cycle. As such, I think the bucks were locked down with hot does a little sooner this year. That being said, they should be going back to cruising looking for the next batch of willing girls pretty soon.

I bet we have an early fawn crop this spring (mark it).

Hopefully another round of well-timed wet weather in April and May with regular rain and fewer 100 degree days in July and August (might as well get that request in, too).

Re: Coleman County Rut? [Re: HuntnFly67] #8956422 11/16/23 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by HuntnFly67
I am convinced that cold snap at Halloween triggered more does than typical into an earlier than usual cycle. As such, I think the bucks were locked down with hot does a little sooner this year.
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I would humbly disagree that the weather (cold snap) has any effect/ability to influence the estrous cycle of the Does. That is strictly a function of the photoperiod and to some degree local herd genetics.

Now...I would not argue that cooler weather encourages greater deer 'movement', but if the Does are not in 'heat' and willing to 'stand' for a buck then it makes no difference.

The syncrony of the rut in a given area is generally pretty consistent if herd genetics and age structure remain constant, but weather conditions (aside from deer movement) would have little if any influence.


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They were rutting opening morning in almost the dead center of Concho county...I had three bucks chasing two does and later had a nice mature deer bird dogging across a bottom looking for his mistress. It was full on, I didn't go last weekend because had some stuff happening around the house. But bucks at the feeders have almost been non-existent so I suspect it's still happening.


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Re: Coleman County Rut? [Re: TXranch56] #8956579 11/16/23 09:29 PM
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We got 4” of rain on my ranch in Coleman county a couple weeks ago, we were getting a lot of pictures of bucks and does, then they just stopped coming, I think it greened everything up and they quit the feeders.
We are getting more activity in the last few days.

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The signs are there where we hunt in east central Coleman, seems that the deer are scattered and not coming to the feeders. Have seen a couple of younger bucks on the search this weekend and last weekend.




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Originally Posted by allterrain
The signs are there where we hunt in east central Coleman, seems that the deer are scattered and not coming to the feeders. Have seen a couple of younger bucks on the search this weekend and last weekend.


My son has seen no rutting activity in Coleman county, they are going to be up there until Wednesday.
They haven’t been seeing a whole lot, they saw one seven point that we want to take out, but couldn’t get a shot at him.
Maybe this next cool front will get them going.

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My bunch had a small buck running a doe yesterday, and while they were leaving out they seen a really nice buck pushing does.
Hopefully this cool snap will get them going.

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