Rut Reporter Mike Bleech has been hunting whitetails in his native Pennsylvania and throughout the Northeast for more than four decades. A Vietnam veteran and full-time freelance outdoor writer, Bleech has had more than 5000 of his articles published. States covered: ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, NJ, PA OH, MD, DE.

With the Northeast rut report series winding down it is time to look at lessons learned. I want to thank everyone who read, of course, and especially hunters who sent responses. Every one was appreciated. Hopefully everyone who read my posts also read the responses. This has been a sharing process.

Everyone who shared information with this blog added to our information stockpile. One point in particular is worthy of continued observation–that being the relationship of the moon and the rut. Science can accurately predict the peak of the rut. Nonetheless, the fill moon, notably the Hunters Moon, appears to accelerate breeding activity. Maybe it only appears this way because daytime deer activity increases on the full moon when ambient conditions are agreeable.

Like cultural myths, old hunter tales often are rooted in facts.

Based on what we have learned in this blog we should be able to make pretty good predictions for the best hunting dates next year. Practical application is reserving vacation dates before other hunters in our workplaces.

With my home buried in deep snow, hunting is very difficult for the simple reason that pulling off roads to park is impractical because of the icy ridges left by snow plows. Hunting season is not finished, though. Neither is enthusiasm for the hunt. Then when deer seasons finally are finished there is always coyote hunting.

Bonne chance…