ORIGINAL: SoIll Dawg
...there is no way a hunter can accurately say "the rut is on" after spending a couple of days in the field...
Wow. And all this time I thought I was somewhat astute in my observations and in line with a vast number of game biologists! I guess those bucks fighting, chasing and bedding with does were just trying to throw me off. Oh well, live and learn.
Again, no offense intended, but personal observation is anecdotal at best particularly compared to the years of research on why the rut occurs.
Even my observations are only my opinion of deer movement and activity. It just happens to be different EVERY year and follows the patterns set forth by CA.
As I said in another post, it is PERHAPS possible that the reason behind a hunter saying "the rut occurs around the 12th every year" is because the moon phase is typically full around this date. The actual reasoning behind a consistent rut date is still based on a moon phase that occurs around the earlier part of the month than the later like this year.
After all, CA stated that seeking begins a week before the full moon and chasing the week to 10 days after. So with such an extended period of increased activity, how often does it coincide with hunter's field activity of early November?
How often do we as hunters shrug off deer movement as "they just were not moving" when in fact there could easily be scientific facts to prove why activity would be at a lower level?
I have no idea if CA's predictions are true or further anecdotal evidence. However, it is tough to argue with the facts as he presented them.