“That said, I can almost taste it here; this rut is going to go from a sputter to full-on chaos in a matter of days, maybe hours. We find that every year we have a ‘pocket rut’ on one or more of our farms. In my opinion this is when a doe goes into heat early. If you have one of those, it doesn’t matter if it’s June or November 10, the rut is on in her neighborhood. Usually we get our first ‘pocket ruts’ around the end of October.