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#3045621 - 11/23/12 07:59 AM Middle TN Rut and More Ramblings......
TnDeer Old Timer
8 Point

Registered: 08/21/99
Posts: 1083
Loc: southern middle Tennessee

Here in Giles County based on my own observations, I started seeing what I consider real rutting activity on Tuesday Nov 13 and peaking around the 18-19th. I am still seeing some chasing and still seeing young bucks cruising but a lot less than in previous days. I've witnessed 2 nice bucks tending does in the last 2 days. Even during my peak dates though, there were "lulls" in the action and periods of 4 hours of more where there was no action where I was at. Had I not spent dozens of previous hours in the woods in the days prior to these lulls, I would have thought that my deer were not in rut or that my area was behind schedule, when the truth of the matter was that I was simply in a spot where there was no action at that specific time. It's easy to mistake these lulls as "my deer not being in rut" and if you aren't able to spend ten hours or more in the woods a day in different spots, you may never see the real picture. Sign in the form or scrapes and rubs can vary from year to year depending upon the structure of your herd and in my opinion is not likely to contribute to you killing ole big boy during the rut anyways.. During this time of the year I think it's best to hunt where you see the most deer, not the most sign and maybe even more importantly, sit for as long as your wife/girlfriend or boss will allow you to. An extra ten minutes on the stand can be the difference between an awful morning and the best hunt of your life ! So give the girls a chance and let them slickheads be the key that unlocks the deadbolt of ole mossyhorns. Happy hunting....
#3045670 - 11/23/12 08:27 AM Re: Middle TN Rut and More Ramblings...... [Re: TN24081]
8 Point

Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2486
Loc: Dickson

good post
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#3045692 - 11/23/12 08:42 AM Re: Middle TN Rut and More Ramblings...... [Re: HuntingDicksonDTC]
TnDeer Old Timer
8 Point

Registered: 08/21/99
Posts: 1083
Loc: southern middle Tennessee

#3045951 - 11/23/12 02:10 PM Re: Middle TN Rut and More Ramblings...... [Re: TN24081]
Bone Collector
14 Point

Registered: 09/09/09
Posts: 9646
Loc: Murfreesboro, TN

I agree, but i hunt Rutherford Co. usually from what i've witnessed and heard the rut starts around the begining of Nov. here (seeking/chasing phase) and goes into peak around the second week of ML/ first week of rifle. however thise year i saw the cruising bucks stating opening day of ML and saw them cruising alone throug the last day of ML. thanksgiving morning i saw my first chase, despite hearing they were chasing hard in Rutherford Co. i saw one lone young bck and a decent buck chasing a doe. she was on a dead sprint away from him, so i doubt they are being tended. However there are soe really thick areas on my property, so who knows what is going on in there... I think it varys from farm to farm depending on deer density and buck to doe ratio.
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#3049165 - 11/26/12 07:12 AM Re: Middle TN Rut and More Ramblings...... [Re: Bone Collector]
Jerkasourous of the non-typical kind

Registered: 03/11/99
Posts: 65979
Loc: Nashville, TN

I'm begining to believe too many hunters expect too much out of "the rut." Don't expect to see bucks chasing does everywhere every time you hunt, even during the peak of chasing. Even in a well-balanced herd, the rut still is spread over at least a 5 week period. And during that time I certainly wouldn't expect to see chasing all the time.

The rut in my area is usually pretty tightly timed, yet we still don't see chasing every day. With 3-5 hunters hunting the place, if someone sees some type of rutting activity once every day or two, we consider that exceptionally active rutting.
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