Based on recent observations and just in general we are entering the lockdown phase. Yes it starts earlier or later depending on a lot of things. If you’ve never tried it, now is the time to try spot and stalk hunting. If you can get a 2 D decoy or heck even wear a light brown shirt (worked for me last year) you can take advantage of the whitetail bucks most vulnerable time of year. When lock down is fully on in my opinion you not only see breeding but it often occurs out in the wide open where bucks push does so they can monitor for other bucks trying to sneak in and take the doe. They also are notorious for getting into little isolated clumps of cover like clockwork. Us Ohio Whitetail hunters love our tree stands and they can continue to be effective but if you see the biggest buck of your life in the distance, especially with a doe, GO after him!! Get downwind and just go. If your a public land hunter I️ can’t recommend enough burning some gas driving the roads around public and glassing. If you do some research there are plenty of open areas in just about every Ohio county you can find this breeding activity happening in. If your not confident in your glassing abilities or just don’t do it often, again now is the time to try. You CANT miss a big racked buck bedded in a field or clump of grass, or carelessly out in the middle of a field with a doe. He’s not in his usual beds when he’s with the doe, he’s where they end up and it’s usually in a highly vulnerable spot. Last night on one road I️ watched a buck breeding a doe on a soccer field, and directly across the road another buck trying to mount a doe out on a island of a couple trees. I️ gave my lady a wink to see if something was in the air but that was a bust! Good luck and be safe around those big rutty whitetails.. they might try to come kill you so be prepared!