Since I’m retired and able to be in the woods more than past years, still not as much as I’d like to be, I can now give you my observations as to what’s happening rut wise.
All I’ve got to say so far is OOPS! I was kinda off on the rut, at least in the area I hunt. Janie and I went out last Tuesday and oh what a sight to see. Bucks chasing doe willy-nilly all over the woods, what a deer-huntin’ rush!
As Janie was getting into her stand, she didn’t even have her bow up yet and a nice buck, at least for our area, came running past her hot on the trail of a hell bent I’m not ready yet doe running in front of him. She radioed me and told me to be on the look out for a rut crazed, snot snortin’, fire-breathing buck chasing a poor bewildered doe. I pulled my bow up and was ready.
We pretty much sat the rest of the day without any activity until 5:02 pm when boom, the woods exploded. Here came that poor damsel in distress with her suitor not far behind. They were zigging and zagging their way toward me at a high rate of speed.
I said to myself, “Not this time, Bubba, baaa, baaa”. That’s my poor rendition of a bleat with my mouth, but it worked — they stopped. Well kinda… about 75 yards out in front of me, oh what a heartbreaker. Not enough Kentucky windage on my bleat.
As I sat there and watched the show of all shows, she would zig and he would zag, she would stop, he’d stop and crouch with a wanton stare at her. She would jump and take off a few yards and he’d be in hot pursuit.
I sat in total amazement for better than 30 minutes watching what most hunters never get to see in a lifetime of hunting, OMG what a high! All I can say is to quote Uncle Si, “It’s on like Donkey Kong.”
It’s happening, get out there and enjoy it, it won’t last that long.