I hunt just north of Utopia and opening week I saw two different bucks running does.....One was a definate shooter 8 pointer and the other was a young 8 pointer......I held off and took a big axis buck later in the morning........Lots of free ranging axis on our lease.........As said in previous posts, the rut peaks around Thanksgiving........I've taken some real good bucks during that time frame, including a big 8 pointer with a 20" spread..........I'm heading back after Thanksgiving, in hopes of bagging another good one.
We are heading up to our lease in a few hours for 9 days. (3 miles behind Garner State park). Hope the rut is going strong this coming week. We haven't seen hardly anything but elk and aoudad coming to the feeders.