Hot off the press, the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State reports:
Based on bucks wearing GPS radio collars during the 2013 rut, buck movements declined through the early morning. From 8AM to 11AM, bucks moved the least during that period of the day. But you better be in the woods and ready by 11:00 as buck movements increased to some of their highest levels from 11AM to 2PM.
The (chart) above shows movements of bucks wearing GPS radio-collars from November 1st to 10th (early November) and November 11th to 20th (mid-November). The distances bucks moved are in 3-hour periods. Peak buck movements were from 2 to 5AM and from 11AM to 2PM.
This further confirms what I have been writing and blogging about for years. When you take your week’s vacation anytime from November 1-20, hunt all day and especially during the middle of the day. You might shoot a giant like the one below. Canada a few years ago, the 170-incher stepped out at 1:03 PM.