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Question by bowhunter2012. Uploaded on November 30, 2011
is the weather particularly mild in comparison to past years? usually it takes a good cool down for the deer here to get moving during the day due to the winter coats they put on. This may push the rut later also a full to crescent moon will allow the deer to move at night, I don't know the moon phase there but its worth looking at. The rut appears to be happing sporadically here in wisconsin the buck i shot last week seemed worn down but did not smell like a rutting buck would and had a doe following him not the other way around, 3 weeks ago i saw younger deer chasing does bow hunting with only younger deer answering calls so it has been a weird year for me so far.
The rut happens the same time every year (for a given latitude), its kicked off by shortening day length, which is why the further south (longer days in southern latitudes) you go, the later it happens. What does changes is its intensity, and that can be for a variety of reasons...weather, moon, etc. I'm pretty sure they should be rutting in VA about now, but if you weather has been anything like here in the Northeast, they are probably moving more at night. It's been in the 60's here for crying out load, I need some cold!
Where from southwest Va you from bowhunter?
The rut dosen't happen in our area the same time every year. It won't vary over a couple of weeks but it will vary. This year the rut happened to be in our deer season, which was good, but they don't seem really fired up. We have been having extremely hot weather for this time of year.
Im from haysi and the weather the past few years has been warm compared to normal. Around this time of the year it usually starts snowing and it has only snowed one time. I hope they start rut soon but it seems like they dont even care. I've seen 1 4 pointer chasing a doe and thats it for me all year. I just need an answer.
Each the rut is different and in each state or region it differs.
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