Chasing: While most of the chasing going on has been little bucks horsing around, Kurt Grove passed along a second-hand report from Kansas of a 160" whopper running a doe. She could be part of that 1 percent group that goes into estrus in early October.
Daytime movement:** Afternoon activity has picked up, particularly on days the temperature has stayed below 70 degrees, which hasn't been many. Early last week, I did see a few does filter out of some standing corn into an alfalfa field well before dark. Rob Burnett of Sidney, Neb., took this nice 10 pointer in the late afternoon earlier this month and his hunting partner, who shall remain nameless, missed another big 10 on an afternoon hunt.
Estrous signs:** Does are still tolerating the presence of spikes, forkies and other small bucks, which leads me to believe no estrous activity has started. There are exceptions however, as evidenced by reports of chasing and other early rut activity.