To hear some hunters talk, you'd swear the rut plays out twice. We have the regular rut sometime in mid-November and a second, albeit lesser rut, sometime in December.
With the rut officially over, it's time to shift to hunting food sources and keeping your eye on the Weather Channel.
I get calls and e-mails every year from hunters who get worked up over this kind of thing. They ask us for advice, but short of suggesting they have a friendly chat with the neighbor, legally there is little they can do.
Some bucks are even beginning to tolerate other bucks again. By the end of next week, things should be pretty much back to normal across whitetail country with whitetails focusing on staying alive more than breeding. It’s time to adopt post-rut hunting tactics.
The whitetail rut is still on in full force. More and more does are being bred every day as whitetails across the country are busy ensuring the survival of the species. But the breeding phase of the rut is transitioning from crazed bucks running about chasing does to hunter-savvy bucks getting it done on the quiet.
Last week we were covered up with reports of lone fawns walking about looking lost and forlorn. This is one of the surest signs of the breeding period of the rut. If you see a lone fawn or maybe a pair of fawns, chances are momma is off with a big buck somewhere breeding. Bucks can get very aggressive with estrus does which generally results in fawns being separated from momma.
The only sure thing about hunting the rut is that it can happen at any time and you need to be there when it happens.
We’ve waited all year for this weekend and we’re making the official call: The rut is on! Reports are rolling in from whitetail watchers across the country and most are pointing to high rut activity.
On September 11, we posted a blog stating that it looks like we “dodged the epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD or HD) bullet” this year. The blog was based on reports by deer biologists who annually monitor the disease and according to the experts 2013 was shaping up to be a pretty normal year as far as HD goes. They were confident that 2013 outbreaks would pale in comparison to the serious outbreaks that shook the whitetail community in 2012.
If the weather cooperates (pun intended), this weekend could provide some very interesting whitetail hunting. I said “interesting,” mind you, not “exciting”; exciting will come next week and the weekend after that.
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