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THE RUT IS ON! November 5th, 2022 - Rut Update #1

Updated: Nov 9

Yesterday morning into the early afternoon, a considerable rain storm pushed through Iowa bringing some instant cooling effects into the area with some 20-35mph winds. The week prior was extremely hot, like record-book hot. This rain and wind cooled it, finally, and things were shaping up to change... I was thinking, "is the switch going to flip to 'ON'?" We will see... When there was still cloud cover, deer were out moving well as I saw a few bucks with does in the middle of cut fields around noon, then the sun came out full bore which seemed to deter such. It was not long thereafter in the afternoon when the deer started appearing, 3:00-4:30PM. Bucks were pushing does with intent, and mature bucks at that. This is the first time I've seen it this year that early in the day. The does were not dead sprint running, nor were the bucks. The rut has started, and it will only increase in intensity.


Here is a text from about 30 minutes ago with one of my hunters...


This above hunter is part of a group of guys just getting in to hunt, and his buddy had an encounter with an absolute stud at 40yds but no good shot. It was his first sit and only a couple of hours in. He didn't want to piss on the fire just yet, but he's hopeful that wasn't his only chance. That's a guess that is as good as mine. No idea! Keep hunting and putting in the time. I'm estimating that deer 155-165 that he saw.


Also, yesterday, I had only one hunter not want to hunt because he said the wind was too strong. I disagreed, respectfully, but it is his choice. I decided to drive over to the farm entrance to see what I could witness from the road. As I turn around in our field entrance to head back toward other farms, I see a nice 4yr old pushing three different does in the middle of my neighbor's cut corn field next to stalk bales heading right up to our farm. I knew the wind was not an issue, but I can't make a hunter hunt if he doesn't want to. I have the video of the encounter on the road, but I won't post it due to some choice words I used while filming... whoops. I met with him at his hotel, and I assured him the rut was on, and he needs to be hunting...


Low and behold, my cell camera by my blind that the above hunter (not hunting) has been using showed me a stud while I was on the drive home before midnight last night, Nov. 5th.


Absolute hammer of a buck...



Another buck showed up later, one we actually know... the busted G3 10pt...