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If any of you hunt in Alabama I have a question for you. I've lived and hunted in Bama my whole life and have made an interesting observation. The Whitetail population here seems to be a bit late on the rutting activity, and by a bit late I mean I haven't noticed any rut sign yet and it's almost December. Why are the deer so slow to begin the rut. Last year I noticed a bachelor group on December 23! I've never been able to take advantage of the "rut" and I've tried everything from rattling to scents and mock scrapes. It seems that I'm just able to catch some activity during the tail end of the season, in January? Any biologists out there that have an explanation?

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from BamaCreekBum wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I rarely hunt deer since duck hunting is my favorite, but the rut has started in nothern Alabama. I have noticed bucks chasing within the last week or so. Last year I remember it started around the same time as this year maybe a week earlier. But of course it varies from place to place. I'm in Limestone county, which borders Tennessee, so it could be a big difference if your in southern Alabama.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

This is a great question and came up a few weeks ago:
http://www.fieldandstream.com/answers/rut-report/south/do-any-yall-know-...

BamaCreekBum has it right; the rut in Alabama varies depending upon where the deer were stocked from during the rebuilding years. There's an excellent article on the Outdoor Alabama site:
http://www.outdooralabama.com/watchable-wildlife/what/Mammals/Ungulates/...

"Research has documented average conception dates in Alabama occurring around Thanksgiving, mid-December, early January, and even into early February. For most of Alabama, the peak of breeding season, or the rut, occurs around mid- to late January."

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from country road wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Down here in southwest AL I never expect much in the way of a rut until January and that's the way it's been since I killed my first deer here in '57. I don't know why, bu that's the way it is. I've seen spotted fawns that were born so late in the summer that they had to have been conceived in March---I have seen mature bucks still with their antlers during early March.
A buddy and I each killed nice bucks last week and their tarsals were completely scentless and their necks showed no sign of swelling yet.
On occasion, I've seen scrapes and a few other indications of the rut in mid-December, but not a lot.

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from Lucas Paul wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Me and my buddy saw 36 does monday and not one buck

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I used to travel from WV to Alabama and hunt with the late race car driver Davey Allison near Selma and it seemed to me like the rut there was always near the last of the season in January. That was in the 90's up to 2004.

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from BamaCreekBum wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I rarely hunt deer since duck hunting is my favorite, but the rut has started in nothern Alabama. I have noticed bucks chasing within the last week or so. Last year I remember it started around the same time as this year maybe a week earlier. But of course it varies from place to place. I'm in Limestone county, which borders Tennessee, so it could be a big difference if your in southern Alabama.

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from PigHunter wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

This is a great question and came up a few weeks ago:
http://www.fieldandstream.com/answers/rut-report/south/do-any-yall-know-...

BamaCreekBum has it right; the rut in Alabama varies depending upon where the deer were stocked from during the rebuilding years. There's an excellent article on the Outdoor Alabama site:
http://www.outdooralabama.com/watchable-wildlife/what/Mammals/Ungulates/...

"Research has documented average conception dates in Alabama occurring around Thanksgiving, mid-December, early January, and even into early February. For most of Alabama, the peak of breeding season, or the rut, occurs around mid- to late January."

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from country road wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Down here in southwest AL I never expect much in the way of a rut until January and that's the way it's been since I killed my first deer here in '57. I don't know why, bu that's the way it is. I've seen spotted fawns that were born so late in the summer that they had to have been conceived in March---I have seen mature bucks still with their antlers during early March.
A buddy and I each killed nice bucks last week and their tarsals were completely scentless and their necks showed no sign of swelling yet.
On occasion, I've seen scrapes and a few other indications of the rut in mid-December, but not a lot.

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from Lucas Paul wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

Me and my buddy saw 36 does monday and not one buck

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from Sarge01 wrote 3 years 19 weeks ago

I used to travel from WV to Alabama and hunt with the late race car driver Davey Allison near Selma and it seemed to me like the rut there was always near the last of the season in January. That was in the 90's up to 2004.

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