MN...Last week of OCT to gun opener which is usually like the 7th, 9th of NOV. If we get a cold snap Oct. 25th on it gets fun. But that first week of Nov. they are just moving. I don't have an exact date but that 's the range anyways.
Back when I researched it, most guys hunt Nov 1-15 and the guys who want the biggest of the big tend to hunt from like Nov 18-Thanksgiving, won't see as much but they say some real bruisers cruising for late does.
I have the week of November 8th off this year. My birthday is November 14, and I've taken some great deer between Halloween and then. My biggest harvest came on November 13, 2016 and the biggest deer I've ever seen on hoof was November 13th of last year.
In southeast MN, I’ve always experienced the most activity during the first gun season which starts 2 weeks before Thanksgiving week. The week before can often be good too but not as dependable in my experience. Weather can get things moving faster if you get extreme cold/snow early. Deer will keep moving pretty good all through November, but I’d say that’s when I see the most.
I hunt the entire month of November in various states in the northeast to as far west as kansas.
IMO the weather means more to me than the date. That being said my best bucks have been killed from about the 7th till the 19th of november.