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Ive searched this forum and Google and can't seem to find a decent rut map anywhere. Where would it be hiding at??
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Here is Ga from the Mathews website.
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do u have any idea how they came up with this map....does anyone think its right?? (or close)
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http://mathewsinc.com/as-reliable-as...country-21443/

The site says from state biologist. I know Ms is spot on on the map.
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We were just discussing this today. here in the Northwest mountains they have it all wrong...I went through all my data and the "Rut" is always the week of Christmas. See the big bucks and shot my best bucks the week of Christmas along with a lot of my buddys.... Additionally, I have Does on camera who were still pregnant the last week of August...Figure it out....Our Rut is not in November...
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Old 09-12-2011, 08:28 PM
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My county is pretty clos. Its hard to pin point it cause to much comes in to factor. Usualy always have my best luck a week or 2 before thanksgiving...always have.
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My county is close, Jenkins. But it kicks in from opening week and lasts until first week of nov. for me, last year they had shut off by the second week
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I hunt in Harris co. and I checked the link to see when the rut was in alabama just across the river and it said it was Jan 15. I have never been able to figure that out, just a few miles from where I hunt.
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My part of Clay is off by a few weeks
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Field and stream has a great map,...kept current in real time by in the field reporting
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Its never that accurate. We i hunt it was in late november 2 years ago. Last year it was over by the first week of november. It just varies. The deer dont read books telling them when they are supposed to breed.
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Ive searched this forum and Google and can't seem to find a decent rut map anywhere. Where would it be hiding at??
Here's another one from the forum by Catfish369:


http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=567785

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Here's another one on the forum from 2005 from HighCotton:


http://forum.gon.com/showthread.php?t=424700

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My part of Clay is off by a few weeks
I thought the same thing.
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my 2 counties are dead on!
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I can tell you from the research that Auburn University has done on Blanton Creek WMA in Harris county from the does brought in they have determined that the peak of the rut on that tract of land was Nov. 15.This research was done several times in different years and they came up with the same results.Not sure where the map came up with the 21st.
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We were just discussing this today. here in the Northwest mountains they have it all wrong...I went through all my data and the "Rut" is always the week of Christmas. See the big bucks and shot my best bucks the week of Christmas along with a lot of my buddys.... Additionally, I have Does on camera who were still pregnant the last week of August...Figure it out....Our Rut is not in November...
I agree . All the maps are off for the MW mtns. i saw more rutting last year jan1-12 then anytime in nov-dec.
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I hunt in Harris co. and I checked the link to see when the rut was in alabama just across the river and it said it was Jan 15. I have never been able to figure that out, just a few miles from where I hunt.
It has to do with where the deer were stocked from, some of Harris was stocked with Wisconsin deer and have a solid mid Nov. rut, Alabama I believe stocked Louisanna and Mississippi deer that have evolved to a late rut to give birth after spring flooding.Other parts of Harris and Troup recieved deer from other states and rut a week or 2 later.
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[quote=childers;6298809]stocked deer?

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It's on the money for our part of Burke County the past two years.
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It has to do with where the deer were stocked from, some of Harris was stocked with Wisconsin deer and have a solid mid Nov. rut, Alabama I believe stocked Louisanna and Mississippi deer that have evolved to a late rut to give birth after spring flooding.Other parts of Harris and Troup recieved deer from other states and rut a week or 2 later.
Would some of these Deer cross the Chattahoochee after all these yrs? I know Cobb is full of Deer and they were not stocked in Cobb. All I am saying is there is a big difference across the river into Ala. and and I know Deer cross that river a lot over the yrs.
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Cobbs deer came from stockings in Paulding Cherokee. Keep in mind there were no deer in Harris/ Troup or a lot of other countys till stockings in the 60s and 70s. These are not my theories, but the explanations of biologists, I'm just a deer hunter who knows to be in the woods 2-3 days either side of Nov 10th where I hunt in Harris and Troup.
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I'm gambling that the Mathews map is off a week or so in my area, but I could be wrong (has happened before and will again I'm sure) as last year I heard a buck chasing a doe and grunting heavy as he was on her trail and that was the day before Thanksgiving last year. I have a feeling that the weather and other factors will play a role again this year, though.
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Killdee may be "no biologist", but he is dead on in his explanation. Deer in Ga rut when they are genetically programmed to in the areas from whence they originally were stocked. There is a minor influence from the weather on MOVEMENT, which affects when you see more activity, but what triggers the rut is increasing night length affecting the pineal gland & melatonin release from it. Buck:doe ratios & population dynamics also affect how many successfully breed on the first estrus cycle & over time this can mess up a system designed to run like a clock.

As far as the counties where I've done a lot of hunting over the years (Macon, Dooly, Crawford, Houston, Wilcox, Jones, & a few others, those maps look pretty accurate).
If you'll follow the link posted above, and the other links in that thread, there is quite a bit of info on here as to where the Game & Fish Commission (what is now called DNR) stocked deer & from where. There were also private stockings: in Wilcox, for example, some of the farmers got tired of waiting for the state to "get around to them" & drove to Wisconsin & bought some deer they released along the river, in advance of the state doing the same. People in some of the linked threads report similar events in Worth county & other spots.

Texas deer did not survive well in Ga, likely due to rutting too late, but some of their genes are still influencing certain spots; there the rut is later, & the deer tend to be short but have big headgear; not TX "clones", but kind of like a hybrid of 2 or more subspecies.
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could not get the link to work ... where did the worth county deer come from ,and is the map accurate for the worth county/turner county area ....
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i think it's very close to being right I hunt stephens & rabun-most of the time i see north end of stephens hot rut nov.15 and about same for rabun. best rut map I've seen
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Does anybody notice on the maps, that the southeastern region goes into rut, before the north? temperatures does have a little to do with the deer going into rut also, im just curious as how its warmer down there than the northern end, and the deer go into rut before??? hello?
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Does anybody notice on the maps, that the southeastern region goes into rut, before the north? temperatures does have a little to do with the deer going into rut also, im just curious as how its warmer down there than the northern end, and the deer go into rut before??? hello?
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Does anybody notice on the maps, that the southeastern region goes into rut, before the north? temperatures does have a little to do with the deer going into rut also, im just curious as how its warmer down there than the northern end, and the deer go into rut before??? hello?

The weather will only affect the intensity of the breeding or rut, it has nothing to do with the timing of it.
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The weather will only affect the intensity of the breeding or rut, it has nothing to do with the timing of it.
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I know the rut date here in Spalding/Thomaston, I've killin 2 nice bucks down in Thomaston and nice 8 pointer here in Spalding the last couple of years... all on the same date... Nov 12th - the 16th is the best to kill nice bucks....
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Does anybody notice on the maps, that the southeastern region goes into rut, before the north? temperatures does have a little to do with the deer going into rut also, im just curious as how its warmer down there than the northern end, and the deer go into rut before??? hello?
The SE part of the state was stocked almost exclusively with deer from the coastal islands. The early rut is an evolutionary factor based on survival.

The deer in the north are a combination of coastal deer, Texas deer, and the hybrid between the two. Berry was stocked with coastal and Texas (Christmas rut), then North Georgia was restocked with deer captured on Berry.

Weather has zero effect on the timing of the rut but does determine activity levels.
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Does anybody notice on the maps, that the southeastern region goes into rut, before the north? temperatures does have a little to do with the deer going into rut also, im just curious as how its warmer down there than the northern end, and the deer go into rut before??? hello?

Even in Carolina. It seems the deer closer to the coast rut earlier. They started running around about a week ago down here in the coastal areas.
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I'm an engineer thinking about the best way to do form a new map. I think with a lot of data points of location (GPS coordinates or state plane) with a cooresponding date, we could make a new map with a GIS system.

Problem is, getting the data points. Say if Hunter B says he killed a buck chasing a doe at x,y coordinate, this could have been pre rut or late rut. Plus or minus two weeks?

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I'm an engineer thinking about the best way to do form a new map. I think with a lot of data points of location (GPS coordinates or state plane) with a cooresponding date, we could make a new map with a GIS system.

Problem is, getting the data points. Say if Hunter B says he killed a buck chasing a doe at x,y coordinate, this could have been pre rut or late rut. Plus or minus two weeks?

Any comments on this thought?
To many people on here with cockeyed ideas about the rut IMO. For 30 + years someone on our little club has either seen and no shot, missed or killed a mature buck on the 10th 11th or 12th of November in Harris/ Troup county. We all try to be there 4-5 days either side of the 10th.
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do u have any idea how they came up with this map....does anyone think its right?? (or close)
No. I know where I hunted in Chattooga county that our rut was most likely after deer season was over. We had pregnant does in sept. Here in Dawson county we have historicly had a mid December rut where I hunt.
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do u have any idea how they came up with this map....does anyone think its right?? (or close)
Nope I think it is wrong. I have trail cam pics the last two years of bucks chasing does from October 3 - 25 or so. I killed my first deer ever with a bow during bow season a couple years back in October and he was showing off and grunting and was swollen and stinking already. I have always wondered why I missed the rut every year in Ga but the last two years I have enjoyed the rut stuff going on during the early to later part of October.Check out the pics. By the way I hunt in Jasper County Ga.
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