We should be seeing a tertiary rut right about now where does born last spring are mature enough to breed as the enter estrous for the first time...This is another indication our doe herd and herd in general in much of the state is out of balance.
Wouldn't this actually be indicative of a very healthy herd, since the doe fawns are reaching breeding weight the first Fall? Meaning they were born on time and are being provided with adequate nutrition.
Unless you meant the drawn out rut or meant you aren't seeing the third "peak".
Which I kind of thought I saw too (the drawn out rut), but maybe not as bad as I first thought. I do think it was slightly earlier than usual. I saw a pretty defined peak around Oct. 25-28th, as opposed to usually seeing that around Nov. 6-9th or so. I also saw another pretty well defined peak around the end of November, beginning of December, which is also a tad early from what I usually see.
Edited by Matty, 01/05/14 - 01:09 PM.
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