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    Way to get it done man!

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    Left out at 3:45 on the Polaris this afternoon and got back at dark. Had a couple of small fence fixin jobs and some mineral to put out for cows and yearlings. Deer were definitely up and on their feet early today. Saw 2 separate bucks trotting aimlessly to the prairie but also drove by several of our brome fields that had bucks still together. I did notice that the bigger bucks weren’t with those bachelor groups like they were last week. I think the seek phase is just getting started here.


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    Early rut activity

    I’ve seen a few tickling antlers but no big pushing or shoving contests. None of the bucks I’m getting on cams have any times broken.
    The last weekend of MZ season seems to be the start for most of them anyway. Some may start earlier.

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    Wife said today they had to call animal control as 2 bucks were on the playground tearing into each other and the kids couldn’t go out to recess. Wife said they came and tossed a few firecrackers at them and they left. The Mule deer rut usually is going on about now I guess.
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    Rut happens earlier the further North you are.
    There are folks that chase the rut as it happens across several states.
    Scientifically, here is what causes whitetail to go into rut.

    Photoperiod is the interval in a 24-hour period during which a plant or animal is exposed to light. Photoperiod is directly tied to growth, development, and seasonal behaviors in plants and animals. With respect to whitetails, photoperiod regulates some hormonal production that is directly tied to antler growth and the breeding season. A diminishing ratio of daylight to darkness triggers behavioral and physiological changes that lead to breeding. First, antlers mineralize and bucks shed their velvet. Next, bucks begin sparring, rubbing trees, and making scrapes. This transitions to some fighting to establish dominance and breeding rites and eventually to breeding.

    https://www.qdma.com/triggers-whitetail-rut/
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    ^ This is why the rut happens the same time each year. In Oklahoma it basically coincides with rifle season.

    That's not to say we wont see some pre-rut behavior out of the bucks, we just wont see does pairing up with them yet.

    I killed a much nicer buck last year off the side of the house as he was aimlessly following a doe around at 2:45 PM in the middle of a pasture.

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    Seems like you damn near set your watch for rut activity where I'm at. Every year same time without fail.

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    Being new here last year I wasn’t able to follow and figure out when which rut happens much less observe it. This year has been a whole different story in that learning process. No one around here really goes off the rut as the seasons are so short and it’s all set up by zones and weapon type. We had at least 8” of snow on the ground this time last year. Game was already being pushed down out of higher country. Totally different ball game this year. Next year will probably be something new for me to figure out as well.
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    I'm hopin' it starts getting interesting around Halloween . . .

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    I am starting to see the bucks splitting up, and some of the smaller bucks that were at my feeders every day have disappeared. Still mostly getting pics of the bucks at night though, hope that changes soon.
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