A post on the National Deer Association website starts out like this: One thing researchers have deciphered in recent years using GPS technology is a somewhat new behavior that white-tailed deer do called an excursion, which is a brief trip or trips outside their established home range. This behavior especially occurs during the rut, and I have a personal story from the 2018 season to prove it. We have been running 2 dozen trail cameras for a decade on a 1,000-acre farm in the Virginia Piedmont where I hunt. Imagine our shock and excitement when we checked a card and saw one image of this awesome buck from November 18, obviously an older deer with a ton of character. We had never seen [...]
Last November 13, I saw and heard deer crashing through the woods everywhere. The next day I sat in the same stand and saw 10 squirrels and one fork-horn. What happened? You were hunting just as “lockdown” began. That’s the mini-phase when the older bucks hook up with the older does to breed, and they all seem to go underground for three or four days. To punch your tag during that phase this fall, head for your best stand or blind deep in the timber and hunt there all day for several days. Ideally you’ll have a commanding view of several thickets on ridges and in draws, ditches and/or creek drainages. A doe might pop out of a cover; an [...]
Field report from Johnny Sorensen down in Henry County, Alabama: I harvested this 8-point (nearly 17-inch spread with broken brow tine) on December 24, 2021 at approximately 8:00 am in Henry County, Alabama. The deer acted normal in all aspects of a buck in rut. He was emaciated a bit more than you would expect of a rutting buck. I did not weigh him but would guess 120 pounds. As poor as he was, he had obvious signs of fighting and rutting. Multiple bruises about the body were found. He was first observed traveling through woods on a neighboring property and responded to a doe in estrus bleat. He stayed in the wood line on our property and came to [...]
My buddy Frankie just shot this 9-point buck in Fauquier County with a muzzleloader, deer "had a swollen neck and started to stink," he said. Frankie saw several little bucks pushing does earlier in the morning. Getting multiple reports of small and medium-size bucks pushing/chasing, which indicates the peak chase for mature bucks is 7-10 days away. Trail cameras were slow until yesterday, when bigger bucks started showing up at scrapes (night mostly). Five shooter bucks showed up this week on one farm I hunt, and I expect more. Scraping phase in full swing now.
November 2 update from our favorite hunting couple: Hey Mike, Zach and Ellie here with an update on our season. Here in central Illinois it’s about to get hot! Lots of big bucks checking scrapes. Ellie had a big 8 cruising yesterday bumping does, she passed him waiting for a bigger one lol. With this cold front this week I think it’s going to trigger them for sure. Here's a pic of one we're after. Way to Ellie waiting on a bigger buck, good luck guys! Let’s update the rut from across the country! Please comment below with the rut activity in your area or email me your rut info/photos at: email@example.com