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I just wanted to let you know that using the Jake Meyer theory of prediction for the peak of last year's rut, I was able to successfully predict the Deer Gitibility Factor (DGF) for SW Bracken County, KY. Lo and behold, Jake confirmed that the maximum number of dead deer showed up at his place that Saturday morning. As usual a significant number of them were bucks.
I have calculated the DGF for this year, by consulting the US Navy Ephemeris, the Farmer's Almanac, the squirrels, and most importantly the "Proposed 2009-2010 Hunting Season" published by the KDFWR. It points to a DGF Maximum in a 12 hour period beginning on the morning of 14 November 2009, just a few minutes before 0650 EST. I wish I could be more precise, but there is always somebody on the next ridge that starts shooting early.
Jake and I have decided to collaborate on a book, detailing our theories. It will be available to folks in hardcover for $29.95. You may wish to order advance copies from me, and I will cut you a substantial discount. I'll make sure yours will be custom signed by Jake and me and also have a letter of authenticity. After they go on sale, there will be a display of them on the back shelf at Meyer's General Store in Lennoxburg. I don't know if Jake is going to handle mailorder requests.
Jake and I have found the book is still a little short for the hardcover edition, so we're currently adding a section on recipes, and "Charlie and the Opossum Berries." I'm going to include my inspiring "Sermon to the Squirrels." and we're going to fill the book with pictures of all our friends with their deer in an attempt to take up space and also give the misleading impression that somehow they were successful, because of Jake's Theory. It also helps later, because some folks will buy the book, because they have their picture in it. That way we can hold off giving them a free copy for Christmas. I'm also composing numerous sidebars like "Ten Things You Don't Want in Your Pack When Hunting Deer" and "What not to say to the Game Warden"
If you want your picture in our book, send us a $29.95 and snapshot of you with your deer and a brief explanation of how you got it on Opening Day and we'll work it in. This is a don't miss book, so be sure to order extra copies to give as presents to your friends and family-- that's what Jake and I are doing.
RE: Alsheimer or Rue? - 11/2/2008 6:45:13 AM
showPicture("11/2/2008 6:45:13 AM",0,0,0,7942,10) shaman
I've been sitting back here watching the pig rasslin' and things are coming out crystal clear: There is not enough of our anecdotal evidence to back up either author's assertions conclusively.
If Charlie said the sun came up just after the cock crowed, and Rue said the sun was coming up due to the dogs howling, we would probably be able to come to an agreement fairly soon. Enough of us have seen the sun come up to know the real reason why they sun comes up. Instead, the group seems fairly split.
I, personally, am in the camp that says: yes, one of them will do nicely. My authority on this is neither Charlie or Leonard. It's Jake. Jake runs the processing operation at Myer's General Store in Lennoxburg, KY. Jake will tell you: the largest number of bucks start coming in shortly after sun-up on Opening Day of the KY Rifle Season, with a peak in the afternoon. Scientifically backtracking and allowing for gutting, and transport that means, if you want to bag a buck in our county, the best time to do it is before 0900 of Opening Day. My experience directly coincides with this. How that figures in to Rue's or Alsheimer's models is up to you. I suspect that if you check with your local processor or your local check station, you can get a similar response.
Both Rue and Alsheimer will tell you that local conditions: weather, hunting pressure, etc. will influence their model significantly. Neither theory can be conclusively shown to be the sole controlling influence, at least not yet. In either case, I doubt it will matter all that much. Kentucky will still schedule its season to cover the Rut. Ohio will still schedule it's Shotgun Season between the November and December ruts. If you want to bow hunt the November rut, you are better off on one side of the Ohio River. If you want to hunt with a rifle, you're better off on the other-- local conditions prevail.
Just so you have it: the shaman predicts that the rut will peak in SW Bracken County, KY at 0650 EST on November 8, 2008. For positions east of Brooksville, you may see this peak a minute or so earlier. The peak will last until 0900EST, when most guys get tired of reloading and start heading in. At 1000 EST there will be a second peak of activity, as the deer run for their lives from all the ATV traffic. From 1000 EST until 1130 EST, smart hunters who stay on their stands will be able to take advantage of this second peak. The shaman advises all hunters to gut their deer as soon as possible and transport them out of the woods. The line at Jakes can get long in the afternoon. If you doubt my calculations, remember this: dead deer don't rut. At least it is hard to determine which phase of the rut a buck is experiencing when it is hanging from a meat pole.
Excuse me, I have to go get my rattle and start shaking-- my duty as the resident shaman here. It's getting on towards dawn, and unless I get out there soon, I won't be able to get the sun to come up. This is one deer hunter who KNOWS why the sun comes up.
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RE: Alsheimer or Rue? - 11/4/2008 9:19:50 AM
showPicture("11/4/2008 9:19:50 AM",0,0,0,7942,10) HUNT365
amen to that, i agree with the shaman. gut your deer and get it to the butcher asap. then stop at the bar and spend the rest of the day there deciding which moon phase you are in. stay away from the woods, cause thats where i'll be. [align=right]
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