Mark Kenyon of Wired to Hunt provides a whitetail rut update for Michigan.
Location: central Michigan
Rut stage: pre-rut
Current buck movement: 6/10
Projected buck movement: 8/10
The recent warm weather has suppressed buck movement during my hunts, and my trail cameras agree. A lot of deer are still moving outside of shooting hours in Michigan, but that will definitely change as we get closer to Halloween.
I've seen a little bit of chasing, and have had a few younger bucks respond to rattling. In a pressured state like Michigan, any kind of response to calling is a good sign.
I'll start hunting mornings soon and getting more aggressive as the weather dictates. I'm still staying out of my best spots and waiting on the rut to really kick in, though. Either way, it's a great time to be in the woods.