I've noticed spotty rutting activity. If you look at biologist reports on conception there are quite a few does bred during the season. You can get into all the speculation on rut timing you want but it's pretty difficult to argue the scientific data. After that bell curve when the vast majority of does are bred over 10 days centered around Nov 15ish every single year independent of weather, moon, or whatever other voodoo speculation you have, there is a second bump that occurs around first week in December. My understanding is that second spike is caused by fawns coming into heat. From personal experience however the bucks don't seem as rutty. They don't roam far and wide looking for poontang as much as they get it in opportunistically if the chance arises. I've seen bucks bumping does around during rifle but nothing like the first three weeks of November. I've heard of some crazy chases but I've also heard of those in early October and all the way into February, there are outliers to all the statistics and they can breed anytime once they shed their velvet.
Personally I think all the crazy rut activity we get to bowhunt in November is mostly the buildup to the breeding. I think rut is a misconstrued term because really, bucks "rut" as soon as they shed their velvet. The whole process of establishing their dominance then beginning the search for hot does is the rut. The rut is the process of breeding, if you will, and that process begins far before the first doe comes into heat. Logically you can understand how that buildup is much more frenzied than the activity just on the other side of peak breeding. The actual breeding period is mostly going on this week, the week after our season typically goes out. Then it crescendos and the bucks are just too spent to invest much energy into finding the stragglers, but if they run into one they certainly know what to do her.