hey, I can walk north to the border. I start to see rutting behavior about thanksgiving time. By end of January, the bucks are pretty emaciated and looking to recouperate. Dec 6- new years I see a lot of bucks chasing does. Pre rut, full rut or secondary, I do not know, but thanksgiving-new years is you buck high activity time for me. I realy do not know too specific of dates. I just hunt the first new moon of december HARD!