Today when i got up, i saw quite a few deer outside my house. I got the monarchs out and started glassing. I saw two very large bucks (one is the biggest i've honostely ever seen in my life, both in body mass and rack size- although he was only an 8- i would guess he's in the high 150's or low 160's.)
I quickly noticed that both him, and the large 4 point (guessing 120's - huge as well) were both out of their velvet! They also looked to be already rutted up (large necks large weight gain).
Comparing this to my land in the lima ohio area, my bucks are still growing (blulbs at the ends of their horns, on all the pictures that i have from my cams).
There is obviously a huge difference in development between northwestern ohio and southern ohio, but it's almost like my deer in lima are a month to two months behind in growth.
Is this a glimpse that rut in southern ohio will kick off sooner than in northwestern? i know the does are what trigger rut, but could the fact that bucks have shed velvet also mean that does are ahead of schedule as well?