I know this is a little early but lets try to "rate the rut " in our areas. How are the Deer behaving in your neck of the woods. Lets try to keep guys abreast of the Deer activity as it happens could really help those guys with only a few days a season.
Saw a real big buck chasing a doe last weekend in the fading light. Probably wont see that deer ever again for its whole life. Rut wont occur for a while yet (a month or more) but they tend to chase a little "just for fun" it seems during september and october.
There is the odd doe that will come into estrous early, usually dry does... Seen full out chasing as early as the first week of October... I would say the peak of the rut in southern MB is probably six weeks away... northern areas probably will be about one or two weeks earlier in my experience...
I hunt southern mb and usually early to mid November is peak of the rut. And a word of caution if there is anyone using estorus scents for the first time keep that stuff at least 20 or 30 yards from your blind. I learnt last season that those buck will try to join you in your blind if it's within 10 feet of it