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While some hunters swear by the reliability of the rutting moon and other aspects of moon phase hunting at helping them predict deer behavior, other hunters think it is a sharp drop in temperature that triggers peak breeding. This is one of those battles for the ages that hunters debate about year-after-year, decade-after-decade. Adding to the confusion is the fact that average peak rut dates differ from state-to-state and region-to-region. For example, rut dates in the South can be significantly later than they are in the Northern and Mid-Western states.
Originally posted by butcherguy
Very interesting OP.
I don't ever remember hearing of the rut occurring in Spring (at least we are very close to it).
I have seen the rut come early and late, but only by a period of a few weeks, not months.. If the does are bred now, that would have them dropping fawns in November! That would not work out so good for a fawn, being born near the onset of winter.
I don't want to argue the info you have, but my experience here in Pennsylvania with whitetail deer is that mating occurs from late September through early November. Fawns are dropped from late May through early June. That indicates a gestational period of around 8 months.
As that site says, this is because the gestation period for deer is about 200 days,
Originally posted by Screwed
reply to post by getreadyalready
If this is something that has happened in times past due to whatever circumstances
it is one thing.
If it is completely unheard of then my next mission will be to get pics I suppose.
But there will be no way to PROVE that it is actually March in the pics so it is pointless.
He claims that he has them on a trail cam, antlers and all.
Definitely not unheard of, but rare.
Originally posted by iforget
From what I can read it is not unheard of for deer to carry antlers until late march with deer in good condition carrying them for longer.