I remember when I hunted down there, they can rut anytime. And many bucks we saw were without antlers in November. So, I started hunting ****her north in Osceola County, Bull Creek. Used to be called Jan Green.
I believe that...did alot of survey work in Okeechobee County and would see bucks doggin does in July/August. Kind of weird when you have hunted in North Central Florida, Georgia and South Carolina most of your life and see a hood size scrape in late June and bucks chasing does in 98 degree heat.
I keep telling folks that the rut down there is not timed by the amount of daylight hours or a certain moon phase but is dictated so the does can drop their fawns during the dry season.
In Highlands County just South of Sebring on a big ranch I have seen the rut wide open around July 4th with mature bucks running around at high noon in 90+ degree temperatures. Come to think of it I have done the same thing. Just wasn't a mature buck back then.
That is the reason that this year the south zone will open for archery on July 31. They did a study that found the deer down there start rutting very early so they bumped up the start of archery season. I live only a few miles from the northern border of the south zone so I'm going to see if I can find some place to get in some August hunting time.
I saw a decent buck chasing a doe while scouting a local wma last weekend. He didn't care one bit that we were there and kept right on doggin her. This was in a very open pasture, middle of the day, high 90's, northeast of immokalee.
The wma's in this area do not open archery until September, so it will most likely be all over by the time anyone can get in the woods.
I am northeast of 951 and 41. Not really worried about giving up the location, aint to many people getting around out here when the water is up. Went scouting and seen 2 big rattle snakes swimming in the water yesterday....the rain is comin cause they be headin north... got to love huntin the water boy
6L Farms , Out at Picanuye strand and Collier Semanole State Park.Scouted Deep Lake last weekend , no rubs to Speak of. Water was way down , but thats fixin to change. I love Hearin them slip thru that Water!