I was out this weekend. Your right about the rut firing up, I think next weekend is GO time. I watched some chasing and challenging yesterday, as well as some bucks that had does pinned against water holes and fence lines. I snuck into a prime pasture yesterday and passed on several smallish bucks...no bigger than 10". Was waiting for the pig I found on a previous hunt. Had him come w/in 40 yards but he was running Mach 4 herding a doe back to the corner of the pasture.
No shots fired but I think next weekend the decoy should be golden. I held off on trying the decoy after watching a pair of guys through the spotting scope freak out 3 groups of antelope with it saturday. Plus I was hunting several miles from the road and it's a pain in the ars to carry when you don't need it.
Imin, I saw a group of lope w/ a decent (13") buck right next to interstate in a stubble field west of the Glen Ullin exit. He had them stacked into the corner of the fenceline like cattle in the chute.
I will be back out next weekend. Revenge will be mine!