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Old 12-12-2010, 04:26 PM
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i always see 4 deer in my backyard and three are does and one is a baby. so where are the bucks? and when is the rut? i live in illinois
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:28 PM
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Im hoping your joking about the rut?.....
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Old 12-12-2010, 04:29 PM
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Im hoping your joking about the rut?.....
no im not but thanks for making me feel good i just started hunting this year??
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:01 PM
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The rut is gone in the midwest... You may catch some last minute estrusing (even a word?) does, which is common in the "post-rut" midwest, but good luck with that. The bucks around here are slowly starting to get back into their groups, mostly the younger ones, with the mature deer still waiting to feed at night and hang out by themselves.
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:02 PM
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Originally Posted by IOWABUCKHUNTR View Post
The rut is gone in the midwest... You may catch some last minute estrusing (even a word?) does, which is common in the "post-rut" midwest, but good luck with that. The bucks around here are slowly starting to get back into their groups, mostly the younger ones, with the mature deer still waiting to feed at night and hang out by themselves.
Alright thanks when is the rut though???
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Old 12-12-2010, 06:31 PM
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The primary rut is usually early to mid November when the doe come in to estrus. Doe that do not get bred on their first cycle will come back in to estrus 28 days later. When the deer herd has a good buck to doe ratio most doe get bred during the primary rut.
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Old 01-06-2011, 09:31 AM
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:05 AM
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To find the bucks you gotta look for signs of them. What normally helps with this is doing some scouting such as putting game cameras out by a food source or on a deer trail. The rut here where I live in Southwest Minnesota is usually towards the end of October and through most of November. You can always tell that its the rut cause this is when your going to see bucks looking for does and if your seeing does in your backyard that means there are more than likely going to be bucks around during the rut to breed those does.

I would watch the does year around and find out where they are bedding and more importantly where their food source is. If you know where these does are at when the rut rolls around your probably gonna have a good chance of seeing some dominant bucks in the area.
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Old 01-06-2011, 10:09 AM
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first 2 weeks of NOV in IL generally...figure it to peak somewhere around Nov7th give or take...?

the 2nd rut which is generally much less activity is 28 days later...
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