Well funny I should see this thread today.
I just talked with my aunt in Gratiot not two hours ago.
I would say based on her report and the local law enforcement (in Gratiot and Mt. Pleasant anyways) that the rut would be what they call the "chase phase" I believe.
Apparently there was an article in the paper today (http://www.themorningsun.com/articles/2 ... 939480.txt
) about a buck standing over a car-struck doe, and he wouldn't leave it.
She also said she and my uncle counted no less than 10 car-struck deer in 15 minutes!!!
I would say the deer are seriously moving right now. If I recall they chase phase was like 10 days +/-????? That would put the peak of this years rut right around the predicted time of November 18th.
I will be arriving in 11 loooooooooooooooong days from now!!