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  • November 4, 2011

    Best Days of the Rut 2011: November 7

    By Scott Bestul

    If you didn’t cash in that get-out-of-work pass on Friday, do it today—or extend it to give yourself a four-day weekend to fill your tag with a tank whitetail.

    The chase phase is a period of frenetic activity for whitetail bucks, and today will be especially busy. Local bucks will be in a lather from the first does that have entered estrus. They have smelled the scent of a hot female in the air and might have pursued or even fought for her. Those on the losing end of such a skirmish are not content to skulk about. Instead, they turn into heat-seeking missiles, intent on finding the next doe with an open dance card.

  • November 8, 2010

    Why Today (November 8th) is the Best Day for Deer Hunting in 2010

    By Dave Hurteau

    Today, November 8th, is Field & Stream’s “2010 Best Day of the Year,” as chosen by Whitetails columnist Scott Bestul and detailed in our November issue’s “Sixth Annual Best Days of the Rut” (you can also read why he thinks this is the best day for deer hunting on our special Rut Reporters whitetail deer rut tracking page).