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.Older does sometimes breed several weeks ahead of other does and bucks may start seeking them out at this time.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 find a hot one, hunt it as soon as possible.
The theory is based on the fact that measurments taken of fetal fawns have consistently and accurately shown that breeding occured just around the middle of November.
So whether or not you believe that daytime activity, or observable rutting behavior is at it's peak in mid-November, there's a good deal of data to show that's the time when successful breeding occurs most often.
You need to be in the field, or at least be in touch with buddies who are, to accurately determine when the initial rut phases begin in your area.
Also, make sure to keep notes of what you see in your Pro Hunters online hunting Journal.