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Hunting the 'trickle rut'

Updated: May 2, 2005, 8:14 PM ET
By Lynn Burkhead | ESPNOutdoors.com associate editor — Nov. 18, 2004

Thanks primarily to mild weather conditions gripping much of North America's prime whitetail country, the annual rutting frenzy is, well, just a trickle of normal activities in many places.

Take the phone call I received earlier this week from my deer-hunting pal Steve Lewandowski, who hunts a big piece of whitetail rich ground in Missouri.

"Lynn, I don't know what's up," Lewey confessed. "Normally, we'd be seeing tons of deer on the move right now, but I'm not seeing anything."

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