I know this is a little later than normal.. But I thought I would put my opinion about rut out there because I have had a number of questions about what I think, Well, I think rut is still coming and just as I told many back a month or so ago, I think the peak of rut will be November 16 - 30. Does this mean you shouldn't be in the woods now? HECK NO! The mid October moon followed by a cold snap got bucks up and moving, making scrapes, rubbing trees, fighting, and even a few of them pushing does around a bit.. I guess it is possible a couple of does may have even gone into estrus this moon phase. It's a great time to be in the woods and you have a pretty good chance at killing a big bow as they are up and moving some.. I think the real big boys however are probably MOSTLY still moving after dark and it wont be for a few more weeks until they come out during daylight hours more than just here and there. The November 17th full moon will be big one this year I believe and being in the woods any time from the 14 - 30 will give you a great chance at harvesting a big boy. This will be the peak of breeding and you will likely see all the chasing during this time frame as well. Again, not every deer is the same and not every area will hold true to this, this is just an my opinions based in Central Maryland and I believe this now to be very true based off what I have or rather haven't seen between trail cameras and being in the woods.
Again, any time over the next 30 days is a good time to be in the woods, you cant really go wrong. Play the wind and the weather and you just might get that chance of a lifetime.
As I said everything can be different in different locations, what are you seeing going on in terms of rut activity? Leave us a comment and let us know what's going on in your neck of the woods!