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 ]
I have a system I use in Whitetail hunting during the rut that seems to work for me. When I make a mock scrape in the area I wish to hunt I will place a couple of 35mm
film canisters (film removed of course) in the scrape after I have cleared out all leaves and other debris. The film canisters are filled with cotton balls and saturated with doe in heat urine. This keeps the urine from soaking in the ground and can be refreshed on each trip if needed. I will also use the tarsal gland of the buck...