Think the runting is still active, muzzleloader still hunting Sunday the 3rd, came across a big scrape, the dirt was kicked up on Top of the snow, Jackson County, Black river falls area, didn't get to meet him though, was trying, lots of places for them to hide in the big ole swamps......
Take my dogs for a run every night at about same time, haven’t seen any bucks in 3 weeks, tonight I saw 3, a big 8 making a scrape, a big 10 pushing some doe‘s around and another 8 cruising. Oshkosh area
I don't think the rut ever actually stops, until all the does are bred. I see strong breeding activity start in late October and last through February. Probably why you still see bucks with antlers in April, and Fawns with spots in September. This is mostly true in Southern WI.
Agree with the early fawns coming in to heat (3rd rut) at that time frame... Per the links below, there are several does that come into estrus during the first rut that are not able to get pregnant at that time. Those does along with some of the early fawns will return to their estrus a second time during the early part of December. And that 2nd rut which should be beginning here in a day or two as well... At least keep your eyes open to see if it might be happening in your area...
Early born fawns will go into heat around end of Dec - start of Jan. I've sat multiple years on New Years Eve and had bucks pushing fawns. Last year my dad had big 10 push a doe fawn past his stand. Definitely going to be dependent on the fawns in your area, if they do go into heat or not. But yes it does happen.
Probably won't get a ton of info from people on this because most guys hang it up by then.
So a quick google search revealed this: in trying to answer your question about a second Rut.... A whitetail doe of reproductive age comes into heat for a 24-36 hour period each fall. If she is not bred in that time frame, she regresses and will come back into heat 28 days later. If she isn't bred at that time, the cycle starts again. More than 98 percent of all mature does are bred successfully each year.