Yes, here where I am they are already in what some call the "pre rut" maybe. The big and mature bucks have come out of hiberation so to speak, and are following the does wherever they go.......even right up to the houses! I haven't actually seen any real true breeding yet, but I've seen the nose to tail activity and the nose in the air while rolling the head back and forth with the ears all laid back...........it's got a name, but I forgot it
Past years I've seen the actual breeding around Thanksgiving a few times, and the bucks still seem to hang with the does into December.
Interesting side note, some say that once a buck gets past their prime, they no longer breed.? Also heard tell that they actually grow their biggest antlers once they quit chasin tail. Supposedly, they waist way less energy once at that point in their lives, and they aren't caught in the trap of chasing and grow bigger racks because of that.?
Once peter get smaller, belly grow bigger...........??
Seems logical though. Hell even us horny old men loose interest at some point.......we still look, just don't have the ambition to chase it anymore!!