Heating Up the Rut

It's pretty frickin' warm here on the East Coast. Don't get me wrong, nobody is sweating out this way, but the cold weather we're normally feeling on these classic November mornings just doesn't seem to be in the cards.

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The average high for this time of year around my lease property in Maryland is 48 degrees, and it'll be 58 degrees when I hit the stand tomorrow morning. The question we've got to answer: How will this affect the rut?

So far, reports from my crew and other web pontificators is that chasing is in full swing, and it should be. I've seen at least five small bucks chasing does this week and, for what it's worth, I filmed a few bucks in Saskatchewan last week sniffing out the nearest eligible ladies. The warm weather might just keep the deer closer to home in the afternoon, but you should be on the look-out for a true peak in activity should a cold front suddenly sweep in.

What's the weather like in your neck of the woods? For that matter, what's your ideal hunting conditions for the high-pressure days of the rut?

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