My quess is the rut will be the last week in october and first week of november. We have hit a cold spell and as of the week end I started finding territorial scrapes. I am hunting the south western corner of Fayette county.
I would guess the peak of the rut to be a little earlier than normal this year. It usually falls around the middle of November (in Southern Indiana where I hunt), however I believe it will be a week or so earlier this year. I am finding several boundary scrapes already and actually grunted a buck in the other day.
I have seen two different bucks chasing does this last week. I also heard of a scrub eight point taken saturday morning that was very swollen. Another hunter said he witnessed a couple of bucks sparring this weekend.
The weather has been to warm for me to get excited too much. I believe the rut is comming in but would guess that it is the smaller bucks getting a little jumpy.
Hope everyone filles their tags, Good Luck!
[ This Message was edited by: Swampy on 2003-10-21 10:19 ]
Hunting is not usually a pursuit where instant gratification abounds. It takes a lot of time, practice, resources and patience to be a successful hunter. So when someone decides that an area they hunted only once without taking an animal is worthless and devoid of game, I don't quite understand it. These people usually jump from game management unit to game management unit; trying a new one every year.
Now don't get me wrong, there are people that just enjoy scouting and hunting...