Welll, if you are hunting around here this fall the 1st week of Nov is typically the best for cruising activity but this fall I think there will likely be really good movement the second week yet with the rutting moon falling on Nov 14, that will enhance cruising and chasing through that point. I can't stress enough in northern Iowa the 2nd week you typically see more lock down behavior, southern Iowa is where guys see more rutting activity the second week. Regardless good to hear you got some vacation. You need any help with anything, drop me a line Dewey.
Still, for a person who understands buck bedding and how the rut tempo works I recommend the late prerut here for the best combination of low hunting pressure and great odds. The first two weeks of November have by far the most hunting pressure both public and private....yea the third week can be good too, focusing bucks hanging around major doe groups for the last hot doe. Most rut hunters are tagged out, burnt out, or back to work by then.