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Author Topic: Effect of drought and heat on this years rut.  (Read 749 times)

Offline 5114TX

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Effect of drought and heat on this years rut.
« on: September 23, 2011, 09:37:08 AM »
After the hottest and driest summer on record, I'm wondering how that will affect this years rut.   Will it be sooner, same as usual, or later?    If past experience tells me anything, it will be sooner around here.    We have finally seen some relief from the heat, but it's still very dry.   We are about 10" to 12"  behind for the year on rainfall and most predictions are calling for a drier than normal winter also.    Different areas of the country will have some different factors to consider this year as far as when the rut will hit in that area.   The NE has been very wet, the south very dry and hot.    The midwest has seen some pretty cold temps already.    I think the rut will come in early here.   Any predictions on how your summer weather will affect the rut in your area?
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Re: Effect of drought and heat on this years rut.
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2011, 10:24:47 AM »


we had some dry times during the summer it will be intersting to see what happin come the rut  will let youknow if we see any change to the pattern or timing of it around us !
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Re: Effect of drought and heat on this years rut.
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2011, 02:31:37 PM »
After the hottest and driest summer on record, I'm wondering how that will affect this years rut.   Will it be sooner, same as usual, or later?    If past experience tells me anything, it will be sooner around here.    We have finally seen some relief from the heat, but it's still very dry.   We are about 10" to 12"  behind for the year on rainfall and most predictions are calling for a drier than normal winter also.    Different areas of the country will have some different factors to consider this year as far as when the rut will hit in that area.   The NE has been very wet, the south very dry and hot.    The midwest has seen some pretty cold temps already.    I think the rut will come in early here.   Any predictions on how your summer weather will affect the rut in your area?

I just posted 3 trail cam pics of a pair of young bucks fighting in trail cam still heading. I also found a big boys fighting ring about 50 yards behind trail cam. I thnik we are going to have an early rut, LIKE STARTING NOW. I think some of the early spring fawn dropping does could be coming into season.
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Re: Effect of drought and heat on this years rut.
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2011, 02:33:54 PM »
I dont know how it effects the rut, but on dry years a buck will not reach his full rack potential.
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Re: Effect of drought and heat on this years rut.
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2011, 04:19:50 PM »
I don't believe it effects the rut as much as the size of the racks as there is normally going to be less high qualify food during a drought year
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Re: Effect of drought and heat on this years rut.
« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2011, 07:18:05 AM »
most deer we see on our trail cameras are looking mighty thin this year. hoping our food plots will be there for them.
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Re: Effect of drought and heat on this years rut.
« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2011, 09:55:36 AM »
I don't believe it effects the rut as much as the size of the racks as there is normally going to be less high qualify food during a drought year
Yep, and that's when supplemental feeding is A MUST!!!   That's the advantage of a year'round feeding program.   If you have food plots, feeders,(with more than just corn in them) and some high protein and fat suppliments, they'll do good.   If not, don't look for any big racks.    Hunters with any kind of food source are gonna have a definite advantage this year.
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Re: Effect of drought and heat on this years rut.
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2011, 11:25:26 AM »
I don't believe it effects the rut as much as the size of the racks as there is normally going to be less high qualify food during a drought year
Yep, and that's when supplemental feeding is A MUST!!!   That's the advantage of a year'round feeding program.   If you have food plots, feeders,(with more than just corn in them) and some high protein and fat suppliments, they'll do good.   If not, don't look for any big racks.    Hunters with any kind of food source are gonna have a definite advantage this year.
Here in NY we can not feed at any time or use any type of supplements
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Re: Effect of drought and heat on this years rut.
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2011, 04:32:18 PM »
I don't believe it effects the rut as much as the size of the racks as there is normally going to be less high qualify food during a drought year
Yep, and that's when supplemental feeding is A MUST!!!   That's the advantage of a year'round feeding program.   If you have food plots, feeders,(with more than just corn in them) and some high protein and fat suppliments, they'll do good.   If not, don't look for any big racks.    Hunters with any kind of food source are gonna have a definite advantage this year.
Here in NY we can not feed at any time or use any type of supplements
Sorry to hear it.   No food plots either?
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