_Rut Reporter David Draper grew up hunting deer and small game throughout this region and presently lives on a family farm in Nebraska. Draper, former communications specialist for Cabela's and an authority on the Great Plains, subsists on a diet of duck breast and venison. States covered: ND, SD, NE and KS.
Nov. 26--Overall Activity Status: We're falling off the backside of the peak rut throughout most of the Great Plains region, which makes activity hard to pinpoint. Things are literally day to day and area to area as bucks come out of lockdown and hit the road looking for estrous does that have yet to be bred. Matt Highby, hunting with Mule Creek Outfitters (620-770-1257; firstname.lastname@example.org) in southern Kansas checked in with this report: "I saw 8 bucks over 150 in four sits. The bucks were in full blown rut Friday night and Saturday."
Fighting:** I'm getting lots of reports of busted-up bucks from Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas. Smaller bucks that have worn themselves out are probably not up for a fight, but bigger bucks may still be good for a scrap or two if they encounter other bucks out cruising. Still, this is a time for breeding, not fighting, so I wouldn't expect any epic battles to occur.