So it seems that the more I hunt, the more my wife tasks me to do things and go places. I usually hunt Saturday's because that's the only real day I can devote to getting in the woods and relaxing with what I enjoy. This past Saturday (04Nov2017) I was out in the morning with my brother-in-law and I saw 3 buck walk in a line about 4-5 minutes apart from each other. A doe followed after the last one passed about 5-10 after. Too far for a shot so I hoped they would turn back around. Gave them a spray or urine in the air, bleated on the call hoping they would show some interest but nothing. I was irked because I knew I only had the morning that day. Night time was a light lantern festival which was nice with the family but it didn't give me meat in the freezer. My little brother-in-law stayed by the house to hunt the evening and I got a call that he saw a few buck close to the stand but didn't get an opportunity to take a shot on them. Long story or question short. How much more time to I have this week/month until the rut ends and the bucks get some sense in their skulls? I like that I see a lot of buck in the woods by me but I know that once the hormones level out, they will stay hiding in the woods until well after nightfall which lowers my chances of getting one.
In my area i see way more activity the last week of archery than the second to last. To me the end of the week look prime with cold coming through, Wet, Damp, Cold says to me rutting bucks like crazy. I think the statistics say most doe are bread from he 4th-9th of November give or take a few days. Around 28 days after the does first cycle they come back in heat if they arent bread, so the middle of riffle there is a "second rut".
Lots of doe's down in our corner of state, the bucks might try, but they cant breed em all. Not even close to what I've seen. I've seen Rut activity in January close to what its like in November. It's the doe's that control when the bucks hormones level out lol.. Lot's of Saturdays left to get out.
I see seeking and chasing activity start to die down and bucks getting back resting and feeding around the week of Thanksgiving. That said, doe fawns especially are often bred in December and that can make things nuts locally if you luck into a hot one. What I wouldn't give for our archery season to last two more weeks. Whereas the young bucks get excited early, mature bucks seem to really kick it into high gear just as our season goes out.
The rut ends when the last bucks and does stop getting the urge. There is no date or set time. Nature decides. I have read reports where people have observed deer mating as late as January. I have seen small spotted fawns in August so I can only assume they were conceived much later than expected.