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Posted: 06 October 2014 11:32 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Don’t know if anyone else has ever ran into this but I harvested a Doe on the 4th. Low and behold she was in heat! On Oct 4th? That makes even me think I am crazy but absolutely no doubt about it. I saw her being chased the day before by a 4 pointer. I just figured the little buck was being goofy. Upon harvesting her there was no doubt about it she was in estrous. I hunt White county.

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Posted: 06 October 2014 12:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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the doe i harvested yesterday had an awful strong scent to her as well, when i was putting the leg tag on i noticed her gland was dark brown and smelled extremely strong….she wasnt being chased though. I have scrapes and rubs at my property already, i watched a buck make a scrape on sat morning.

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Posted: 06 October 2014 01:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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The farm the wife is hunting has scrapes all over it…..

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Posted: 06 October 2014 09:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Found a scrape line Sunday before lunch too. That was Grundy County

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Posted: 08 October 2014 11:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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The rut is on!!

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Posted: 09 October 2014 07:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Some deer breeding occurs as early as September in Illinois.  The majority of breeding, however, occurs in November.   

Deer & Deer Hunting, Nov ‘14 issue, in John Ozoga’s article on “The Rut” you will find reference (p. 24) to a “quiet heat” or “silent estrus.”  From his article:
“[A] female shows all the physiological signs of estrus, including ovulation, but not the mating response, or psychological heat.  Some ... speculate that this silent estrus is accompanied by the secretion of female-priming pheromones that excite males, and possibly females, too.”

Perhaps this is what you’ve observed.

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Posted: 10 October 2014 12:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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^^^Interesting to say the least

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Posted: 10 October 2014 06:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Really if you think about in the scope of a three month hunting season, yes October seems far away from November from a hunters standpoint. But if you look in broader terms like the whole calender year, from a deer perspective we are VERY close to the rut. Not crazy to think that a random doe could have come into estrous a month early either is it?

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Posted: 10 October 2014 07:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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IBB - correct.

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