The farm I've been hunting is showing some serious signs of the rut already. It's been very dry here and I wonder if that has anything to do with it. I've been hunting a corner where the hay field goes up the mountain on the left edge of the property, with planted pines on right and hardwoods above and to the left. In the corner of the hardwoods there are 1/2 dozen scrapes along a 50 yard area at the edge of the field. There are saplings 1-1 1/2 inches that have been broken in half or completely uprooted. I don't think I've ever seen this much rut sign this early in the year. I hope it turns out to be a good indicator of what's to come.