Seeing these solitary young deer is a sure sign that breeding is happening (or about to), and that pre-rut tactics like waiting along scrape and/or rub lines may get less successful by the day. As peak breeding arrives, it's all about knowing where does hang out, as well as travel routes bucks use to reach those places.
Reports from elsewhere serve as a reminder that the rut is an ever-dynamic and sometimes highly local affair. As we've discussed often here, environmental factors like weather can stifle the rutting activity we see. And reporters Brandon Ray (South Central) and Mike Bleech (Northeast) noted that, despite great rut action in other regions, it just wasn't happening in their regions yet. The good news for hunters in those places, of course, is that the best is yet to come.