I'm in Southern MO, and bucks are already trolling. I suspect rut activity will be declining by the 15th, but still good. Me, I'm bowhunting every available minute until then based on the activity I've been seeing.
Any indication if the Rut will be in full swing for the first week of rifle (Nov 15)?
For the last seven years that I've hunted the MO rifle opener, the rut has been in full swing. Don't think it will change much this year. I'll be scouting this weekend and I'll let you know what I find (I might even remember to bring my camera to photo some rubs and scrapes).
--Leupold Vari-X II 3-9 x 40
Remington 870 express
--Indian Creek Black Diamond Strike Choke
Winchester 1300 Upland special
Parker Ultra-light 31
--Slick Trick Magnums, 100 grain
CVA Accura Stainless, .50 Cal
--Leupold USMS, 3-9 x 40
I finally found a couple rubs today. One is on a cedar which is about 14" wide. I saw a small forked horn yesterday, and had him at full draw at 15 yards, but he never gave me a shot. He was small, but I hunt public land, so you shoot what you see.
2008 Fred Bear Advantage Hunter
VDT Drop away rest
Tru Glow Sights
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