“The rut for me has been strange to say the least. I hunt two really rugged high mountain areas in Floyd county. There has been no rutting activity at either place that I can see. Very few scrapes and rubs. These two areas I have hunted for years and killed some great bucks there. Don’t have a clue.
On the other hand I hunt a farm in Pittsylvania county and a small tract on top of Smith Mountain near Huddleston. At both places the rut has been great, with lots of chasing and lots of buck movement in the middle of the day.
My two best bucks this year have come between 12 and 2 pm. The people who come out for lunch need to keep doing it. It keeps more big bucks around for us!
The first picture is of my good friend Terry Synan from Hardy and the other of one I killed yesterday in Bedford county. Mine has four brow tines with two of them coming straight out of the back. Very unusual.”