The rut is ramping up nearly everywhere, just as Charles Alsheimer and Wayne Laroche predicted in this year’s annual D&DH Whitetail Rut Predictions. Here is Charlie’s report from earlier tonight:
"As I’ve mentioned in past years our research deer are able to tell me when the rut is kicking in…..though it is always slow at first. Anyway, this year our bucks began walking our enclosure’s fence line (one mile in length) the afternoon of November 3rd. Now, two days later they have a very noticable path created around the inside of the fence. On November 1st I began seeing what I call aggressive "paw" scrapes at various places around the outside of the fence (about 3-6 feet from the fence). These are made when a wild buck and a buck inside the enclosure show aggression toward each other. It’s pretty impressive to witness and on two occassions in the 16 years we’ve had our facility one of our bucks has actually fought a wild buck through the fence. As a side note, prior to 11/3 my bucks were doing absolutely nothing…….no walking around, just eating and bedding with no interest in doing anything else. Now I’ll have to put on my track shoes to keep up with them.
How are things going in your area?