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Old August 13th, 2017, 04:45 PM #1
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Question Is It The Rut Yet?

I know. It's too early to think about this. Hell, it's still summer and the pools are still open. But, some folks don't have the luxury of scheduling their vacation time a week before they take it. Maybe we can help those folks choose wisely.

Okay. Here's your chance to predict this year's Whitetail rut. For the past couple of years, I've my neck out with a prediction and explain how I arrived at that time frame. Last year, I felt, I nailed it. Not only that, I also predicted the tempo it would follow. Year before that, I failed miserably(at first because I mistakenly looked at the wrong lunar chart [hint #1]) but later fixed my error.

Aside from altering factors(weather, hunting pressure, etc.), the rut is pretty predictable. So, in a perfect world scenario, I want your predictions on timing, tempo(fast and furious or long and drawn out or somewhere in between) and how you arrived at you conclusion.

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I'm still seeing tiny spotted fawns that look like they were born a week ago, so I have no clue

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I know. It's too early to think about this. Hell, it's still summer and the pools are still open. But, some folks don't have the luxury of scheduling their vacation time a week before they take it. Maybe we can help those folks choose wisely.

Okay. Here's your chance to predict this year's Whitetail rut. For the past couple of years, I've my neck out with a prediction and explain how I arrived at that time frame. Last year, I felt, I nailed it. Not only that, I also predicted the tempo it would follow. Year before that, I failed miserably(at first because I mistakenly looked at the wrong lunar chart [hint #1]) but later fixed my error.

Aside from altering factors(weather, hunting pressure, etc.), the rut is pretty predictable. So, in a perfect world scenario, I want your predictions on timing, tempo(fast and furious or long and drawn out or somewhere in between) and how you arrived at you conclusion.

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I don't even pretend to have the knowledge to predict the rut , I will wait until you predict and use the that as the bible for this year haha
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I can't tell ya, but the wife noticed a few trees out back that have some red leaves already. I can't see this the beginning but I usually say about a 4-6 weeks after the first trees start their color change. I guess it's not gonna happen this year.

But if I'm guessing, I'm going to say October 29th at 3:17am for the Hazzard County area.
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My only prediction is that there will be an unprecedented number of dead deer on the side of the road this year. It is not a hard thing to predict though.
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I can't tell ya, but the wife noticed a few trees out back that have some red leaves already. I can't see this the beginning but I usually say about a 4-6 weeks after the first trees start their color change. I guess it's not gonna happen this year.

But if I'm guessing, I'm going to say October 29th at 3:17am for the Hazzard County area.
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November 18 around my way. Jan 20 for the second go round. March 2 if you hunt whitetail with me and I say were in a good spot during the season and 2nd week of October for sika clean on thru north of rt 50.
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No, oaks. Strangest thing. They're turning red from the top down.
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