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Was The Rut Different this Year?

December 24, 2013

This year we’ve received numerous reports about the unusual rut of 2013. It’s not that our network of whitetail watchers haven’t killed deer, it’s just that buck’s seemingly behaved a bit differently this year. 

“The rut never really happened this year,” read one report. “I saw one chase all season and it was hit and miss all season.” 

If you boil the comments down, most of the fuss seems to center around the lack of stereotypical rut behavior. 

Now we all know better than to even remotely believe that whitetails took the year off as far as reproduction is concerned. We’re sure that when the biologists get their data together, we’ll see what we see every year—whitetails are reproducing and doing a darn good job of it. And, for the most part, the majority of the breeding will have occurred sometime in November. 

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