When did you see the most seeking/chasing/breeding activity this year in the Midwest?
Sometimes I wish I kept a journal, especially since my memory seems to get worse the older I get. I'm certain than 11/5-11/15 is the best period for me to consistently see bucks on the move during the rut, but even when I try to keep a journal I've abandoned it by the time November rolls around. I'm sure there are years that were affected by weather, vacation time, and other factors but I almost feel like I'm wasting vacation days from work if I use them before 11/5.Most of the bucks we saw and the activity was the end of Oct first week of Nov..... after that it was all downhill ...if there was any movement it was at night....I will say I did kill my 182lb 8 pt on the late afternoon of Fri. Nov. 13th, until then buck movement was minimal ....... the warmer weather and the lousy southerly winds kept us from getting into our prime stands, so we were hampered at what should have been the peak movement time...nov. 5th-15th ......
I'm kind of the same way. But after waiting all year for the rut action to heat up, I can't stop myself from starting to use vacation time in late Oct/early Nov when the weather and wind is right.I'm sure there are years that were affected by weather, vacation time, and other factors but I almost feel like I'm wasting vacation days from work if I use them before 11/5.
Killed my KS buck (and biggest buck to date) on Sat Nov 14 evening. Rattled him in and had 2 other younger bucks fighting after my first sequence. We hunted Nov 14-21 and saw lots rutting activity all week long. I take that 3rd week every year and its always better than the 2nd week on our placeThe absolute best day I had in the woods last year was Sat Nov 14th.
Bucks running does everywhere and grunting all the way. I saw more rutting activity that day than the rest of the season combined.
Same thing for me in KS. We arrived on 11/5, temps dropped on 11/6. It was on until about the 11th or so, when lockdown hit. Things were pretty slow. Ended up shooting a great buck on 11/16. Pretty much normal stuff. Good bucks really start to come off lockdown around 11/15. Rut was pretty much the same this year as it was every year we have been.For me, the most activity started on 11/6. Multiple bucks chasing does all over the place.