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. 9--Overall Activity Status:** Depending on where you hunt, breeding activity is on a teeter-totter; in some areas, many does are in estrus and are being tended by mature bucks. In others, this phase is a mere days away, which results in great hunting (meaning lots of buck sightings).