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    Charles Alsheimer's 2012 Rut Predictions - Ohio Edition

    If you guys have not seen it already, the September issue of Deer & Deer Hunting featured Charles Alsheimer's 2012 Rut Forecast. We have been talking a good bit about the moon here lately and Charlie uses the "rutting moon" to base his rut predictions each year. What he terms the rutting moon is the second full moon after the autumn equinox, which occurred on September 22nd this year and this was the first time since 2004 that the equinox has happened in September. So that places the rutting moon for 2012 on October 29th, making it only the 4th time since 1995 that we have had the "kickoff to the rut" occur in October.

    Mr. Alsheimer's predictions for the 2012 season are as follows:

    Seeking - October 29th through November 5th
    Chasing - November 2nd through November 9th
    Breeding - November 9th through November 16th

    Alsheimer put his finger on the "sweet spot" being November 3rd through the 12th this year and the sweet spot is that time when deer activity is the best it will be all year. The thing I find most important based on the past few ruts is that he considers this year's rut to be a synchronized rut. By having a synchronized rut, it will be an intense rut with peak breeding taking place before the 15th or 16th. My observations over the past few seasons have been that we are not experiencing the stereotypical "peak rut" type of activity and it has really killed the rut hunting in my area. Couple that with warmer weather and a full moon, and forget it being a great rut to hunt.

    The first new moon after the rutting moon will fall on November 13th and it always occurs during peak breeding. Like we have been discussing in the moon thread, the moon will rise and set with sun that day, remaining overhead all day, meaning it could very well be the best day of the season if the weather cooperates.

    So as we inch closer to this magical time of the year, let's keep tabs on what we are seeing here in this thread. And for the time being, I would be interested to hear from those of you that pay attention to Charlie's predictions and how they have proven themselves, or not, over the years.
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    i hope hes right i took the 5th thru the 9th off

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    I never ended up reading the full blown report until now. I just based my leave off kinda when I could take it and that he predicted a "usual" rut this year So the 29-7th it was...
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    Charles Alsheimer's 2012 Rut Predictions - Ohio Edition

    Im out of town working from the 28th to the 19th. Perfect haha

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    Re: Charles Alsheimer's 2012 Rut Predictions - Ohio Edition

    Due to a few mishaps this year I only have 1 day of vacation left.. I guess I got to sit down and figure out what day to take it.. Any suggestions?
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    Charles Alsheimer's 2012 Rut Predictions - Ohio Edition

    Read the same article Jesse. It is all starting to jive.

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    Charles Alsheimer's 2012 Rut Predictions - Ohio Edition

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyw333 View Post
    Due to a few mishaps this year I only have 1 day of vacation left.. I guess I got to sit down and figure out what day to take it.. Any suggestions?
    November 13th. Unless you don't have to put it in ahead of time, then play the weather on the 3-4-5 or the 12-13-14.
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    Charles Alsheimer's 2012 Rut Predictions - Ohio Edition

    Definitely wait and see the weather forecast.
    Let's say it's perfect... I'm taking 2 personal days on Veterans day and the 13th.

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    I am off from November 1st to the 16th so sounds like I should see some action at Strouds....unless you guys kill them all before then..

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    I'm hoping to knock down a big old Halloween buck this year...

    Only because I won't be in Ohio when the deer start going ape shit.
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    Charles Alsheimer's 2012 Rut Predictions - Ohio Edition

    I have 11 days left and need one for next Friday, leaving me with 10. I have to save at least one for opening day of gun, leaving me at 9, and I need 3 for the baby. So I effectively have 6 days to use. Still not sure how I want to go about it just yet...
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    I've still got four days of vacation left. I have them scheduled for my four day turns before long break, which would give me the 9th-23rd off. Depending on what I see during the week leading up to Halloween, I may switch my vacation to my three days, which would give me the 30th-11th off.
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    Re: Charles Alsheimer's 2012 Rut Predictions - Ohio Edition

    I have 5 days left, but got drawn for a state hunt so that leaves me with 4.. Might take 2 4 day weekends...

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    I am burning 1/2 day next Friday to get to Strouds Run. Then I am taking 10/26 but that will be more of a family day...hoping to get a morning or evening sit in. Finally, I have 11/6-11/9 off so I am hoping for great weather and action sometime between 11/6 and 11/11...

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    Its the same every year...

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    Cough cough cough, this cold might start getting worse in 3 weeks! Rotf

    J/k, I've got more than enough vacation to have ample time to hunt, now whether a shooter walks by my tree is another question. Lol
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    I took the 1st - 11th. Took my buck on the 5th the last too years.

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    The boss man already knows I'm worthless around that time of year and usually does a pretty good job accepting it.

    A Halloween buck would b awesome....

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