I know it's early in the season. But, I was wandering if anyone has been seeing signs of an early rut. Before season opened I scouted and found a few areas with some buck sign. A few rubs, and some scrapes. The early rubs are normal, they use them to rub off the velvet. But, I've been finding (in isolated areas) trees that are rubbed white and some are either broke in half, or ripped out of the ground. The scrapes I found were used regular and had tons of activity in them. Also I had a few does walk by me, and a few minutes later a small 6 point buck followed them. The little buck was clicking. That's a long drawn out grunt that actually sounds like a clicking noise. I've only seen this with bucks following hot does. Today was the coldest day of the year so far. It's been really warm. So, cool weather has'nt been a factor in triggering them. I've never seen so many signs of pre-rut in the beginning of the season. around here it usually starts about the middle to end of october, with the height of the rut taking place in mid november. From what I'm seeing. The rut looks like it's gonna be in full swing by the first of november. I've been deer hunting for 20 years, and I've never seen the rut progress like it has this year. Has anyone else been seeing early sign???