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Theories abound on peak rut dates November 13, 2011 Maine

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Theories abound on peak rut dates November 13, 2011 Maine, Press Herald

According to research from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, peak Maine breeding dates are Nov. 17-23 for mature does, followed a week later by yearling does... One way to calculate peak breeding is to observe when fawns are born, then back-date the average 200-day gestation period to determine conception date... "When numbers get below 100,000, we seem to drop later into a rut that runs the last two weeks of November and the first week of December." [biologist Rod Cumberland]

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