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Hunting the rut when the thermometer soars

Deer pursuers hope for cooler weather and more movement as November's peak breeding frenzy begins.

Updated: November 9, 2005, 11:26 AM ET
By Lynn Burkhead | ESPNOutdoors.com associate editor — Nov. 9, 2005

The heat is on … much to the chagrin of whitetail hunters across a good portion of North America's best deer country.

With the rut beginning to heat up in many locales, including the big-buck-rich American Midwest, near-record warmth is conspiring to keep daytime whitetail movement to a minimum in deer camps.

"Oh yeah, it's been slow for the last week," said veteran big buck expert Stan Potts on Tuesday as he broke for lunch in an Illinois deer camp.

"It's Nov. 8 and, right ...

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