We have also had some reports of buck behaviors that can easily be confused with breeding or rut specific behavior. The whitetail watching corps is reporting scrapes, rubs, sparring, and all the other stuff that comes naturally to testosterone driven deer. There have even been a few reports of breeding trickling in. But this does not mean the rut we are all looking forward to is on, or even close to being on. I observed a breeding party with my own eyes two weeks ago, but it was the only one I have ever observed this early in the season in 50 years of deer watching; the same goes for Neil. It was a freak event, an outlier, and there will always be outliers. The trick to calling the rut is playing the averages and looking at behavior patterns.