Well, I managed to get myself out and about early this morning, and witnessed full on chasing for about 10 minutes. The buck was literally following in the footsteps of the doe, about 5 feet behind, and most of the chasing was at full gallop. I heard the doe squeaking once or twice, encouraging the buck whenever the chasing stopped. This is the earliest that I have seen this behaviour. This was near Bridport, South Dorset. Anyone else seen any rutting activity yet?