As most of you have noted, we've had a very strange year when it comes to predicting the rut. I've read several articles here and from other sources reguarding the moon phase and other factors that influence rutting activity

Question: I know that when it comes to breeding, a buck generally doesn't care when, how, or what is occurring ... they "generally" have one thing on their mind ... breeding \:\)

However, do you all think that due the loss of natural browse (winter months) and more importantly, the mast crop failures will cause does not to come into heat? Especially when they know that they will have to carry a fawn throught the winter months.

This would almost explain why bucks seem to be cruising more (at least from what I've experienced) and chasing less. Especially over the last several days.