Best Communication Tactics: During this pre-rut you may start to see the first signs of rutting activity as a small percent (around 10%) of does come into estrus around the pre-rut moon, but that typically drops off quickly.

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Find the does at this time and you're more likely to find the bucks.

Younger bucks will travel the more prominent deer trails from doe area to doe area.

Look for rubs and scrapes on the edges of these areas.

Some scrapes may still be fairly faint in the earlier parts of the pre-rut.

If you're hunting an area that doesn't get a lot of pressure, you can feel free to grunt, snort-wheeze or doe bleat fairly aggressively. If you hunt a more pressured area, you'll want to use calling techniques more sparingly.

During this phase, bucks will start checking the does' scent and chase them aggressively.

The other popular theory is related to the timing of the moon phase, or "The Rutting Moon" or "Hunter's Moon", which this year falls on Saturday, November 4th, 2017.

This Rutting Moon is the second full moon after the Autumnal Equinox, and the day moon phase hunting theorists claim triggers the "seeking" phase of the rut and the beginning of breeding activity.

Phase: SEEKING AND CHASING Average Dates: November 3-12 Scouting Tactics: Look for fresh rubs and rub lines.