By Mike Giles / outdoors writer
What has started out slowly this year? Well, the answer is simple; deer season for many folks. Once again we hear people complaining about seeing fewer deer. But just when you thought it was over, the holidays and hunting, the rut kicks into full gear in a lot of our area.
And what is the rut you might ask? Is it a magical switch that suddenly comes on and sends the bucks into a tizzy? Well, that’s exactly it as many bucks lose all sense of self preservation and reality and run amok looking for any available doe.
Now a magical switch is a bit of a stretch but it certainly seems that way to many hunters. What really happens during the rut is that the majority of does in an area are coming into estrous and subsequently put out their “scent” that lets the bucks know the time is right. And when the time is here, the bucks do throw caution to the wind. Both large and small, young and old, the bucks all chase the does and try to get in on the action.
Fortunately for hunters even the monster bucks come out of the woodwork and their nocturnal world and roam the earth during the daylight hours allowing fleeting glimpses of their glorious headgear.
After the Mississippi State debacle one fortunate hunter gave it up during the game and went hunting. The result was an astounding 202 4/8 buck harvest in Leake County no less. (Story and photos not ready at press time.)
Reports are coming in from all around the area of bucks chasing does right now. Mark Vick harvested a nice buck this past week and gave us a good report for Kemper County.
Bucks are moving and searching for does in Lauderdale County as well, as evidenced by Dr. George Arrington’s buck kill this week near Chunky. Other reports of buck activity are coming in from surrounding counties of Clarke, Jasper, Scott and Newton.
Now what does this mean to the average hunter? Well, it means only one thing if you still have buck tags to fill, go hunting now. If you’re looking for that first buck of the year, or that trophy buck, the time will never be better than right now as we’re seeing lots of buck movement, so do what any self-respecting hunter would do and throw caution to the wind and go deer hunting.
And when it comes to the rut, the time of day usually makes no difference. Once a buck gets locked on to a hot doe he’ll pursue her at all costs. I’ve seen bucks stand by does that have lain down by busy highways as they were worn out from all the chasing. They act as if they’re drunk on love and a magic potion. And in a way they are.
Don’t delay, head to the woods today and harvest a nice buck of your own. But when you do, don’t forget to call or email me with your successful hunt story or photo! You just might be glad you did!
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