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Real-Time Updates From Our Rut Reporters
  • November 22, 2013

    It’s a Good Time to be a Deer Hunter in the Northeast

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    By Mike Bleech

    We know that the rut does not peak everywhere within the region at the same time, but it appears that good things are happening just about everywhere.
     
    To the south, Westley Marks, owner of Marks Sporting Goods in Cumberland, Maryland, said that the deer are starting some serious rut activity. Smaller bucks have been observed chasing does. Big bucks are starting to be seen during daylight hours. He is anticipating the rut will peak this coming weekend. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 22, 2013

    Rut Wanes in Some Areas, Waxes in Others

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    By Eric Bruce

    Overall Activity Status: Deer movement remains good across the South. Georgia, South Carolina, and Arkansas hunters continue to see movement associated with the rut with it being in varying intensity. Some areas may be on the downside of the rut, while other areas are still seeing chasing. Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Mississippi are in pre-rut, and bucks there are starting to lay down rut sign. “While most of the country is enjoying full bore rut activity, our deer are still in fall feeding mode,” says Jimmy Riley of Giles Island, Miss. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 22, 2013

    Full Moon, Bad Weather, and Lockdown Kill Deer Activity

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    By David Draper

    Overall Status: This report is going to cheat east just a bit as I'm actually hunting in Missouri, but I’m close enough to the Kansas state line to call it a Great Plains hunt. Here near Belton, just south of Kansas City, bucks have been few and far between, which I attribute to a tough combination of the full moon, bad weather, and the dreaded lockdown. Most of our hunting has been near field edges, and the deer seem to be staying deeper in the woods where high winds this past week have put plenty of acorns on the ground. I have one afternoon sit left and am hoping to finally put everything together and punch my tag. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 22, 2013

    Cold Weather and Snow Should Increase Deer Activity

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    By Scott Bestul

    Overall activity: Remember about a month ago, when we were seeing a true mixed-bag of deer-on-their-feet reports? Well, we’re right back there. In northern Missouri and southern Iowa, many of the big bucks are locked down with does and not moving well (you can toss in high winds early this week, coupled with gun season opener in MO, to add to the doldrums). Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan hunters are seeing some big ones back on their feet and looking for does. Nathan Wick (pictured above), a 14-year-old hunter from Rushford, Minn., has been putting tons of hours in a treestand this fall, between archery and shotgun seasons. Wick was finally rewarded with this great buck last weekend on the last day of the gun season. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 20, 2013

    Big Bucks Breeding as the Rut Peaks

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    By Jeff Holmes

    I'm not used to being a smut peddler, but I asked Mike Rinehart of Wind River Whitetails to capture this buck bedroom scene earlier this season after he told me he reliably gets such images. Sure enough he did it.

    Rinehart's hunters have been doing exceptionally well, based on kill photos. With two hunters left to take the field, he expects all of his clients to take mature bucks again this season. [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 20, 2013

    The Rut is On, Find the Biggest Bucks in Secluded Areas

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    By Jeff Holmes

    This very heavy, tall, and wide 5x4 is one of several bucks I got pictures of yesterday. Mike Roby spotted and stalked the buck outside of Libby, Montana, just before the rut. He then spent the last few days in the field watching friends and family members take nice bucks as the rut started in earnest in Northwestern Montana—and across the rest of the West.

    Typically after I speak with a bunch of contacts around the map, I'll get differing opinions about rut status. But right now, everyone is saying the same thing: It's on.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • In the Heat of the Rut, Patience is Key

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    By Scott Bestul

    We're in the heat of the rut now and the stories and photos that appeared in this week's reports serve as proof. Some fantastic bucks have been taken, and they should motivate all of us to devote as much time to stands and blinds, tracks and trails, as possible.

    That said, even when the rut is popping and every sign points to "go-time," the deer activity seen by individual hunters can vary widely. And let's face facts: Sometimes that action can be downright disappointing. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 19, 2013

    Daylight Buck Activity Stalled by Warm Weather, Peak Breeding

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    By Will Brantley

    Overall Activity Status: Weather changes fast around here this time of year. After several days of outstanding deer weather in early November, Mid-South hunters were hit with a spell of abnormally warm air, high winds, and severe thunderstorms that put a major damper on daylight deer sightings. Still, with peak breeding underway, some big bucks fell over the weekend.  

    Fighting: The buck my wife killed early last week had an obvious tine gouge in his side from another buck. Bucks are definitely more concerned with breeding than fighting right now, but fights that do occur will be serious brawls. 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 19, 2013

    In Parts of the Northeast, a Drawn-Out Rut Peak

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    By Mike Bleech

    You may have noticed that reports this fall have sometimes been conflicting and confusing. Welcome to deer hunting 2013.

    Overall Activity Status: Deer activity is high in most of our Northeast Region. A big increase in highway mortality is clear evidence of this. However, in some areas at least, few of the bigger bucks have been among the road kills.

    Fighting: There have been some reports of bucks fighting still.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 19, 2013

    Big Southern Bucks Are Vulnerable Now—Just Ask These Two Hunters

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    By Eric Bruce

    Gun seasons are now open in most areas, and it is the rut or pre-rut across the South, and hunters are tagging some very big bucks. Here are the stories of two, one of which might be a new state record:

    Darron Whitman hunts in Talbot County, Georgia, where the rut is on. Darron reports that "the past three days has been a "small buck parade. Activity seems to be after 10 a.m. and afternoon now. Still seeing fresh rubs and scrapes, so I don't think they are locked down yet, but I do think it is soon."

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 19, 2013

    In the North, Bucks Are Covering a Lot of Ground

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    By Brandon Ray

    Overall Activity Status: Good movement is being reported in the northern half of the region despite the full moon on November 17. I've watched bucks on the prowl until 8:30 in the morning and seen afternoon action as early as 4:00 p.m. In the last week, I saw two mature bucks I hadn't seen on the hoof before. One, a mature 8-point about 125 inches, was on trail camera back in August. The other one, a typical 11-point about 140 inches, I've never seen before. He was pushing does and chasing around a familiar stand of cottonwood trees on a Panhandle river. There are always 5 to 8 does around that bend of the river, and this time of year those girls pull in a big buck or two from the neighbors.

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  • November 19, 2013

    Sheer Luck Bucks Are A Sure Sign Of The Rut

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    By Jeff Holmes

    The rut is breaking loose across the West. Not only are deer getting more active, so are big numbers of hunters who spent most of the fall fishing, watching sports, and hunting other western species. Where seasons allows, most western whitetail hunters focus solely on the middle of November. Many deer tag holders spent large portions of open seasons away from the whitetail woods this fall, but that's changing, and so are the results from the field. Hunters are seeking bucks right now, and bucks are reportedly seeking does with purpose, all over.

    Not only are more bucks being reported on their feet during daylight, but the annual reports of sheer-luck big bucks are starting to come in, a sure sign of the rut. I've confirmed a bunch of nice whitetails taken over the past several days from Montana, Idaho, and Washington—some by pure luck—and I'm on the trail of reports from Wyoming and Oregon. Colorado will open up again for whitetails at the end of the month for their late season.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 18, 2013

    With Lockdown Looming Kansas Hunter Finds Success

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    By David Draper

    As of last week, true lock down was still days away, at least in south Kansas where one of Jerick Henley's Chain Ranch clients tagged this nice buck. Henley reports the buck came charging into a grunt call about 30 minutes prior to the end of shooting light on the last day of his client's hunt.

    "Mike hunted six hard days and passed a bunch of quality deer but it all paid off when this great Kansas buck stepped out at last light on the last evening of Mike's hunt," said Henley. "I had been watching the deer almost a half mile away from where Mike was hunting and figured there was no way the deer would make it to him before time ran out. But the deer was on a mission looking for a hot doe and he covered the half mile in a few minutes, giving Mike the last chance opportunity. He made a 20-yard shot with his Mathews and the deer traveled less than 15 yards. Even with a broken main beam and some missing stickers the deer grossed 158." 

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • November 15, 2013

    Don’t Skip That Hour-Long Hunt!

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    By Will Brantley

    You know those afternoons when you think, “I’ve only got an hour to hunt. Might as well stay home.”

    If you’re skipping those hours this time of year, you might be missing out.

    Michelle — that’s my wife, I’ve written about her a bunch — is a school teacher. During the early bow season, she’s able to hunt a full sit virtually every day if she wants. But after the time switch, her daylight is fading fast when the end-of-day bell rings. She had a west wind Monday evening, though — the first one since Kentucky’s gun season had been open — and she had a stand where she wanted to sit. We’d gotten trail camera photos of a good buck in there on several consecutive days last week, but it’s a touchy, west-wind-or-nothing spot. [ Read Full Post ]

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