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Peak of the rut?

Hey Folks,

I am headed to southeastern Illinois tomorrow afternoon for a week long bow hunt and then will be back for the first shotgun season - Nov 18 through 21 I think the dates are.

My buddy insists the peak of the rut there is 5 - 15 Nov - but he is up in the NW corner of the state.

What are your opinions on the peak - the very best 10 day period - of the rut in my area?

All opinions are appreciated!

 

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Hmmmm

Jim,

 I live in Michigan and have had 2 buddies out in the Mid-Mich. woods for the past week.

At this point, they have seen no indication that the rut is going on here yet.

In my experience in the past, I would say that the dates your buddy gave are pretty close - perhaps with the start a few days later - maybe the 7-8.

How that might translate to SE Illinois, I can't say, but I would think it wouldn't be far off.

Good Luck

 

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Best of luck Jim.  We will be

Best of luck Jim.  We will be waiting for updates.

I can't speak for Illinois, but I follow Nebraska quite a bit, and I know that guys there are starting to see some bucks moving and following.  That's a stae and a half away, but still on the same latitude, I guess.

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I would agree the best dates

I would agree the best dates are from the 5th to the 15th. However, that is not the peak of the rut. The peak of the rut is the actual breeding phase when bucks are actually locked down on does. This time can be a difficult time to shoot a buck. That middle part of November is usually when they are locked down. Good luck out there.

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I went out this morning and

I went out this morning and didn't see a thing.  It is getting to be a habit, but I wonder if they are locked down now?  The rut varies from region to region and year to year, so it is hard to pinpoint it exactly.

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I am back in Illinois now and

I am back in Illinois now and no one in camp has seen any real chasing in spite of the fact that some of them have been here and hunting for ten days or more now

They have seen some small bucks pestering the does (which I also saw last week) but not the big boys just acting crazy

I am a little perplexed - did the major part of the seeking and chasing phase pass us by - and did we miss it somehow?

I am going to poised over a good, dense creek bottom in the morning and hope to see one sneaking though...the cover is very thick...gonna have to stay on my toes

I will update if any chasing and general "buck mayhem" is observed

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I know that mule deer and

I know that mule deer and white tails do not necessarily rut during the same time and that their can be some very big differences between the timing of the rut in the same species depending on geographic location but while I was on my cow elk hunt last weekend I have to say that the mule deer bucks were the most rutted up I have ever seen them. That was the 19th through 21st and it was insane. The bucks did not give any thought to me. They would just hang on the rear end of what ever doe was getting close to being ready. I wished with all my might that I had a tag but one never appeared in my pocket. It was amazing to watch though. Here's to you getting into some rutted up white tails in the near future!

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Man, what a great report on

Man, what a great report on the mulies! I wish you had a permit - we would now be reading another Hawkeye huntiIng story, most likely!

I will not be back in the woods til early in December and only in SC for the rest of the year. Our ruttiing behavior is mostly gone by now... so I have to hope to catch a decent buck sneaking through the swamp or in heavy cover - they are just not going to be running across fields...

I will hunt some in December but the hunting is tough, for sure.

Good luck to you the rest of the way - for whatever you are hunting for!

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No doubt there would have

No doubt there would have been a mulie story.  I am out again tomorrow with the bow.  I really want to try and get a buck with the bow before rilfle season starts next wed.  I can hunt with the bow all the way until the end of december, but I am hoping that tomorrow is the day.

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Hey guys, Up here in

Hey guys,

Up here in Michigan, the rut is dragging out still.  It is definitely slowing down, but within the next week or so, does that weren't bred in November will come back into heat and those bucks will be trying to serve their purpose again.  My sighting of rutting activity this year was 10/24 with my last personal sighting on 11/15.  However, several of my buddies have been out in the last couple days and have still seen bucks bedded down with does or harassing them.  The peak of our chasing phase though was about the first 10 days of November without a doubt.  

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