Has it finally arrived? Is the rut finally starting to crank?
Honest answer: I have no idea.
I'm not one who puts a whole lot of faith in the moon phase predictions and all that. I have felt for a long time that the second week of November is usually "the" time to be in the woods. But this season has me wondering if maybe there isn't something to this whole moon thing.
The second full moon after the autumnal equinox is believed by some to be the "trigger" that kicks the rut into high gear. This year, that full moon hit on November 17. Which, according to guys like Adam Hays and Charlie Alsheimer, means peak breeding should occur 10-12 days later. And that means? The biggest bucks in the woods are about to get real stupid.
And I sort of believe it. I have not seen any truly solid rutting behavior as of yet. I have seen bits and pieces, but nothing sustained and nothing to really tell me things are cranking.
Take a look at the video above. This hunt occurs in late October and the buck featured is showing pretty classic seeking behavior. The type of behavior that I'm hoping to see over the next few days, in fact.
What do you think? Is there something to this whole "second full moon" deal? Or is it all just a bunch of hooey?