I hunt in Maryland and I feel that I have scene/killed most of my big bucks at the very end of october/beginning of november. Halloween is a great day to be in the woods. Last year most of my hunting buddies (including me) killed our bucks during the first week of November. We also have an early muzzleloader season here in maryland which usually fall in the third week of october which also has produced some very nice bucks on my farm including a 160's 12 point. It also depends on weather (temperature, rain/sun) and the moon phase, although i think weather is more important during the rut then moon phase, but some may disagree. Also, I read in a magazine the other day that cool, cloudy mornings are the best days to try and call in a buck. Either way, take all these factors into considerations when deciding when to take your "vacation".