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Old August 13th, 2017, 11:30 PM #11
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difficult to gauge here since the animals are so skiddish. Only way I can tell is seeing the tarsals fired up on game camera pics. Last year for us it was late Nov to early-mid Dec!
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Old August 14th, 2017, 12:00 AM #12
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I saw a buck chasing some does in a field by AGC. no kidding and I thought it seemed a little early.

But this thread was started a few hours before, so it must be true!
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Old August 14th, 2017, 08:08 AM #13
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difficult to gauge here since the animals are so skiddish. Only way I can tell is seeing the tarsals fired up on game camera pics. Last year for us it was late Nov to early-mid Dec!
The rut was pretty late last year. The "rutting moon" wasn't until 11/14.

I prefer late ruts over early ones. It tends to keep mature bucks active in daylight many more days.

Bucks are triggered by daylight(or the lessening of) through their pineal gland. What that means is, they start their rutting activities about the same time every year. Not so with the does. They rely on the moon to trigger them.
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Not sure here in Cecil-got couple of does hanging around but also two bucks seen. No real commotion yet. And only a couple road kills so far. With Rt1 splitting a lot of their ground the bodies pile up quick during rut. I love fresh road kill. Chris
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Outrider, can you walk us through your procedure/theory for the case of rut prediction? I remember you did this last year and it was very interesting. I also need to pick a couple days to take off sooner rather than later.

I see the full moon is November 4th. So I guess the deer will be more active at night immediately before and after that. I know normally the rut peaks around November 14 in Central Maryland/Virginia. But that's the end of my knowledge.

For others who want to share their predictions--please make it clear in your post where you are located. Since latitude, altitude/climate can have some impact...I think.
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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.
The cherry tree in our front yard is starting to yellow. Some leaves have already dropped off ... in mid-August! It has been a cooler than normal summer here, on average.
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I don't have a buck on camera yet this summer but last year around November 6th they started popping up and were caught on trail cam through early January. They seemed especially active between Nov 11th and December 10th, then it was sporadic after that. So since I've only been at this property for a year, I'm going with that.
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Hunters Moon is October 5th
Beaver Moon (aka Rutting Moon) is November 4th

I'll go with the Beaver Moon this year
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Hunters Moon is October 5th
Beaver Moon (aka Rutting Moon) is November 4th

I'll go with the Beaver Moon this year
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An interesting article that compares scientific methods and traditional solar/lunar cycles:

http://wiredtohunt.com/2017/05/30/20...han-last-year/
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