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
Great update this morning from our friend Dean Weimer. Things are looking good here in Indiana right now. I got reports that the south side of my buddy's farm had 2 bucks fighting over a presumed hot doe Saturday a.m. by goose hunters that were out in the corn stubble on the farm. Then a buddy of mine who lives out in that same area saw a big mature "8 or 10 pointer" crossing into my buddy's land at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The buck was alone and didn't seem to be spooked. I knew I had to go check it out. Yesterday afternoon I went out and threw up a blind in the fencerow very close to the woodlot in [...]
For many years the late, great whitetail behaviorist and hunting expert Charles Alsheimer produced his annual Whitetail Calendar, with predictions on how whitetails would rut each fall based on environmental cues like the light intensity of the moon. According to Charlie, in a fall like 2021 when you have a full moon in mid-October and another one in mid-November, the pump is primed for a classic “trickle rut.” “Some does will cue off the October full moon (and come into estrous) while others will cue off the November full moon,” Alsheimer wrote in Deer and Deer Hunting magazine. “So late October you get a pop in the rut, and then Thanksgiving week you get another pop in the rut, and [...]