_Northeast Rut Reporter Mike Bleech has been hunting whitetails in his native Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast for more than four decades. A Vietnam veteran and full-time freelance outdoor writer, Bleech has had more than 5000 of his articles published. States covered: ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA OH, MD, DE
Oct. 21- Overall Activity Status: Big bucks have started making their presence known from Ohio across Pennsylvania to Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and north to central New York, a sign they are getting aroused. Steve Topper, a serious bowhunter I met during a successful bear hunt for both of us in New Brunswick, says that in his home area of Connecticut he thinks abundant acorns have deer spread out which makes finding them difficult, a common theme throughout the Northeast. Low deer numbers in Maine make for a similar situation.
Fighting:** Dominance has been established. Hunters have reported seeing big bucks chasing off smaller bucks simply by taking a few steps toward them.
Rub Making:** Rub making has been unusually sparse, but picked up this week.