Rut Reporter Scott Bestul is a Field & Stream's Whitetails columnist and writes for the website's Whitetail365 blog. The Minnesotan has taken 13 Pope & Young-class whitetails and has hunted, guided for, and studied deer in the north-central region all his life. States covered: IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, WI.
Nov. 10:** If you need additional proof of the craziness that is the whitetail rut, look no further than Michigan. That's where a pair of fishermen--after steelhead in the St. Joe River--saw a pair of giant bucks engaged in a knock-down fight on the river bank. The fight carried the bucks into the river, where they both eventually drowned. According to reports at this time, the DNR issued tags allowing the fishermen to keep the carcasses.