The action has been fast and furious and the rut is in full swing. We expect that the timing of the rut, the full moon and cooler mid day temps caused it to happen but we experienced excellent mid day buck movement last week. We have never seen it so pronounced! In fact, we had a group of hunters in Iowa last week and out of the 20 mature buck sightings while they were on stand 15 of them were seen between the hours of 10:30 - 2:00. Several of us sat from daylight until dark and we experienced most of the action between 10:30 - 2:00!
In a pinch!
It is a great time to be in the woods.... The first round of does have been bred and there are now bucks "in between" does. They are cruising looking for their next girlfriend and if you hunt funnels and pinch points you might just be lucky enough to put your tag on a big boy!
Don't be surprised!
We believe that the next two weeks is one of the best times to see the "BIG STABBIE" that is just passing through your area because he has bred the does in his core area and is now expanding his search into unfamiliar territory! He probably won't stick around long before he returns to his home range so make sure you are ready to kill him when you see him that first time!