RE: Rut in Virginia?
The warm weather is definitely not helping things (especially rutting activity). In the mornings, I've been getting in the stand early about 1hr to30 minutesbefore daybreak to let the woods settle back down. IMO it's the best chance you have of seeing a good sized deer in warmer weather, that is, an hour or 2 after daybreak when the woods are still somewhat shaded. This past weekend the moon was still in the air at daybreak which, IMO,gives deer a false sense of security when,BANG!, all the sudden the sun is coming up and they haven't made it to their bedding areas yet. I see alot of deer activity when this occurs (first 2 hrs of daybreak when the moon is still high in the sky).I've had really good luck with this tactic in the past. Consider it another one for your toolbox unless you think it isFOS. Maybe it's just worked for me but I think I readit somewhere before, but, I was doing it long before I read about it. Hopefully the rest of this week will be a little cooler. I've fine tuned my stand to where I've been seeing the BIG BOY (HUNTING HIM FOR YEARS)close enough to hopefully get a shot either Thursday or Friday, because on Saturday, the woods will be corrupted and he will go incognitofor the rest of the Season. So it's either Friday or Saturday or wait unitl next year for him.
Wear a harness when you're in the tree. Your life depends on it.
"You'll ride a black tornado, across the Western sky" CL