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Who else focuses on the rut?
Up at our deer lease we're on the home stretch. We don't allow any does to be shot after the first of the year and now everyone is focusing on antlers. (eight points or better) We have one month of deer season left and we've had such a warm season that it's hard to pin down when the rut will happen. When it does, we usually have about a three day window where the big bucks throw caution to the wind and come out of the deep woods in search of the ladies. A couple of the "semi retired" guys spend the last two weeks of the season up at the camp in wait of the rut while the rest of us try to guess when to head up there. We've seen young bucks going through the motions and we've had quite a few showing up on cameras with broken antlers and missing tines. (we've got to work on nutrition also) We've also found numerous faux scrapes and a couple of real ones and now the forecast calls for a big cold front. I'll be headed up tonight or tomorrow morning and I don't know how long I'll stay up there. Pretty well most of the folks I know that hunt deer focus pretty heavily (almost obsess) on the rut. What about you folks?