I have been seeing does being pushed by mature 3.5 year olds Monday, the 22nd.
I had several bucks fighting in front of my stand Sunday night, even with the warmer temps, the bucks were still on their feet and moving during daylight hours.
I've rattled in bucks every night, but it doesn't seem that they are responding to grunting much, but I do hear grunting and snort wheezing almost every time out. The key to getting them close so far, has been a good old set of rattling antlers.
By my neck of the woods, Central Wisconsin, I've had constant buck movement during daylight hours since the 15th of Oct...and it basically started on camera since Oct. 13th. Sure, earlier were smaller bucks, but there were mature bucks mixed in and now its pretty much every shape and size of bucks.
Every time out since Monday the 15th I've seen bucks except Tuesday night. That's a huge turn around since not seeing 1 buck all season long and just seeing does and fawns, so to me, and what I've observed, the "pre-rut" has already started in most parts of the state, and bucks are already travelling long distances to sniff around and sort out some pecking orders.
Its only going to get better.
It's good for the soul when there's not a soul in sight.