It's time to use up your remaining sick and vacation days—it's officially game time for the rut. Reports are flooding in from all over the country—bucks are chasing does, bucks are battling for breeding rights and does are leaving food sources and heading for the thick stuff to hunker down. Even though we have received some actual reports of bucks breeding does (camera shots, or witnessed in the field) most of the actual breeding lies ahead. Actual breeding follows a more or less normal curve and we are just entering the initial part of the curve. We are in what we call the hunter's rut period now which is characterized by all kinds of buck movement and activity. The bucks are crazy with testosterone and most of the does are still playing hard to get.