https://www.drdeer.com/uploads/cms/nav-17-5801202c0f63b.pdfI've always heard tell it has more to do with the amount of daylight in the day than anything else. I've always thought from halloween through veterans day was peak time. But hey I'm no Dr. James Kroll
Money...and hunt the red moon. But any time spent in the stand is uping your chances cause it can happen anytime.If you believe Charles Alsheimer and I do, it will be an earlier rut this year. According the calculations used from his data, seeking phase will begin October 21st. Chasing phase begins October 25th, with the breeding phase begining November 1st.
Alot of guys prefer the seeking and chasing phases best, before the bucks have found their doe and are in a thicket breeding.
I will be in the woods from October 21st and beyond
PA game commission put the moon theory and other to rest by doing a study on fawns, they said that most are conceived in about a two week period you have a few early and late, but it would seem that the week before and the week of Thanksgiving is always the weeks that the most breeding takes place, EVERY YEAR ! I might add that through all my years of trapping fox when I was in my 20's 30's & 40's, that was also the week that I saw the most bucks chasing does when I was checking my traps ! I had an auto trapline that covered sometimes over 200 miles a day !Does anyone know when whitetail rut will be this year? I'm in Southern Ohio. Looking to get out on the weekend of November 3 and 4 and hoping that will be during rut.
You will always have some early and late breeders, but mid November has been proven to be the peak of the rut in PA I would think Ohio would be about the same ! The PA game Commission by checking a number of fawns determined the majority were conceived in a two week period with mid November being the peak time ! EVERY YEAR ! I think as you Halloween forward you should see some chasing does they may not be able to breed yet but the bucks should be out giving their nostrils a work out ! The bucks have been proven to be ready before the does ! Sound familiar ?I am on the fence about the moon phase, I have seen him nail it and miss it. I believe it depends on the doe numbers. If you have a high doe numbers then some may come in to estrus earlier than others, especially older doe. The majority of doe will come into estrus roughly the same time every year. Each property is different, by maybe a week or so. And we all know someone maybe seeing bucks seeking and another be watching nothing but squirrels. Halloween is always the first day I will hunt the morning, but I will hunt evenings as much as possible till then.