I'll keep this short and sweet ...
I received an e-mail from my uncle this morning, in which he pointed out the most absurdly obvious, yet brilliant observation. For me, it was yet another one of those, "Oh, duh!" moments.
It's simple: Facebook is the ultimate tool for tracking real-time rut activity. With everyone posting photos and short stories about hunts on their Facebook pages, the collective knowledge of thousands of hunters is at our fingertips. It makes it pretty easy to detect when things are heating up in the woods. Mature whitetails, including many serious bruiser bucks, have been hitting Facebook pages and news feeds like wildfire during the past few weeks. There have been some real beauties showing up on the North American Hunting Club's Facebook page, too.
I think that's a pretty clear sign that the big boys are in stupid mode, and I should probably be in my treestand—not my cubicle—right now. Thankfully, firearm season opens in Wisconsin tomorrow morning, and I've got a $160 non-resident tag munching at my wallet.