Any Rut Activity?

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Any Rut Activity?

Any reports of early Rut activity?  I’ve seen few bucks this fall except after dark with trail cams, but Friday night I did see several bucks well before sundown hanging around a bunch of does.  No head bashing fights, but a couple smaller bucks were sure sniffing doe butts and one 4X4 sure looked on the prod! 

Watched a couple small bands of mullies but nothing seen there. I think they tend to heat up later than the white tails. 

Snow showers predicted for this week, so hopefully might help speed things up a bit.   

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My trail cam intel is indicating that bucks are definitely starting to cruise.  I've had 3 new bucks show up in the last week, have seen some sparring on the cams, tough to tell if it's just light playful spars or if they are starting to get serious though.  I haven't had any bucks show up with does however.

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Ive seen a couple of my bigger bucks out during daylight hours and seen 2 new bucks in the last week. Also lots of rubs showing up. I started a mock scrape with scrpae starter and they have been checking it all the time.

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It is heating up quick. Shot a 5x5 this weekend and neck is swelled up. All bucks on camera have swelled up necks as well. Bucks are starting to sniff around the does as well. I think this cold weather will push up the rut this year!!!

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Just pre-rut stuff as usual. Sparring, scraping and scent checking will ramp up over the next 10 days. The rut is dictated by daylight and occurs at the same general time every year give or take a day or so. In our area for whitetail the peak of the rut is right around November 14th every year. The cold weather helps with a little more day light movement but has no effect on the rut itself.

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Cold has nothing to do the the rut, lenght of daylight hours is what triggers that. The cold will defianatley help get the deer on there feet, as they need to feed more to keep body heat. With that said I have seen some Pre-rut activiety also lots of scrapes and buck on there feet earlier in the day. I haven't seen any harssing does yet though.

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Seen lots of serious pre Rut activity the past few days.  White tails, muleys still quiet.

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When does the mule deer rut peak in western ND?

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My anecdotal observations from over the years, but I’m no expert!  Be advised to keep your finger on the Potemtial BS button on your keyboard when you read this.  

I think muleys tend to Rut a bit later than white tails.  The last weekend of,the season big thick necked horney bucks suddenly appear with groups of does.  The first weekend or so they tend to hang out solo or in batchelor groups.  Bigger bucks seem to come out of the woodwork that last weekend and Rut activity seems to continue till the first week or two in December. FWIW muleys seem to hang on to their antlers much longer than white tails.  

 

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I went out this morning and saw 4 or 5 different bucks. 3 of them were chasing does and all bucks were good size. One responded to the call and came running but didnt come into an area I need for a shot.