All rutting is local

Breeding behavior intensity dependent upon several factors and vary from one farm to the next

Updated: December 10, 2010, 11:22 AM ET
By Don Mulligan | ESPNOutdoors.com

I recently received a survey from a nationally recognized deer biologist asking about this year's rut activity in my state. I answered the questionnaire as accurately as possible, but ultimately thought the questions were too broad.

Like many hunters, the biologist seemed to imply the rut runs according to a defined schedule and can be tracked simultaneously across entire states.

I believe that supposition is too simplistic.

After 35 years of living with and hunting ...

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