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    2013 Rut prediction

    I've been out of the picture for a few months now. No excuses, just been working to much. I have tried to keep up to date by reading new posts. I hope I have more time to contribute.
    I recieved the Oct issue of Deer and Deer Hunting a few days ago and Charles Alsheimer has his peak rut dates as follows: Seeking Phase: Nov 12 to Nov 17, Chasing phase: Nov 15 to Nov 22, and Breeding phase: Nov 20 to Nov 30. I guess that means its going to be a late rut!! Last year I came down to Ohio on the 2nd wk . ( some rut activity, but not alot) This yr I rented the cabin for the 1st week in Nov. Maybe I'm going to be to early? What do you guys think?
    what goes around, comes around. (I sure do hope so)!!

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    couldn't really tell ya last years rut was different in my area i actually saw more rutting activity during October but with the early muzzle loader season I wouldn't know i took 2nd week of November off

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    If I could hunt only one week of bow season I would hunt from Nov. 10-17. By then most if not all the leaves have fallen and the weather should be cold enough to have bucks moving.
    I may be opinionated...but, my opinion is the only one that matters anyway.

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    well I always took like the third week on Nov to hunt SE ohio,(the week after PA season would close, what ever the dates would fall on)
    and always did good, ,biggest deal maker or breaker for me was weather, in yrs thngs were hot, it sucked, in cold weather yrs, Much better
    I worry more about temps than anything else once Nov comes about
    big fat bucks don't like warm temps, they tend to move more at night then, making slower days on stands, pray for cold and you should be fine!

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    You should be fine. Cold weather helps But still a good time of year. The rut can be different for different parts of Ohio. I expericed that last year. I have 2 hunting areas far apart and rut happened about a week difference between the properties.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strother23 View Post
    You should be fine. Cold weather helps But still a good time of year. The rut can be different for different parts of Ohio. I expericed that last year. I have 2 hunting areas far apart and rut happened about a week difference between the properties.
    Good point. I think the rut happens at different times depending on locations too. Some of my best sightings have been a few days either way of Halloween.
    I may be opinionated...but, my opinion is the only one that matters anyway.

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    Thanks for all the input. I'm praying for cold weather.
    what goes around, comes around. (I sure do hope so)!!

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    It's hard to say around here...all depends on the weather. And here in Ohio if you don't like the weather, just stick around for a little bit and it'll change! But I would agree, anytime in the middle of Nov should be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hortontoter View Post
    If I could hunt only one week of bow season I would hunt from Nov. 10-17. By then most if not all the leaves have fallen and the weather should be cold enough to have bucks moving.
    I have found the same thing, at least in stark and carroll counties for me i have enjoyed the greatest amount of rut activity around the 10th of November.

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    Really hard to say. I have a few dates I keep in the back of my mind when planning my hunts in Ohio. Nov. 5, 6 & 9 have always been good days for me. Years ago the biggest buck I have ever had within 20 yards showed up....the evening of the 5th. after I filled my buck tag that morning!! Last year our biggest buck was killed by a neighbor the week before we came down so I always hate being behind the 8-ball. I also look at it this way, if I am early then I have an excuse to go back the following weekend LOL. Also plan to take the kids down some in November, perhaps youth weekend as well so it keeps the door open for that.
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