Rut Reporter David Draper grew up hunting deer and small game throughout this region and presently lives on a family farm in Nebraska. Draper, former communications specialist for Cabela’s and an authority on the Great Plains, subsists on a diet of duck breast and venison. States covered: ND, SD, NE and KS.

Nov. 10: I’ve been relying on John Lubeck of Sioux Falls, S.D., to keep me up to date on what’s been going on in his neck of the deer woods. And while Lubeck hasn’t had a chance to connect with a South Dakota buck, a few of friends have, including Jamie Schmiedt.


Last Saturday night, Nov. 6, Schmiedt climbed into his stand near Artesian, S.D., and soon shared that piece of the woods with two fawns. Suddenly, eight deer came running into his stand, six does and two bucks. Schmiedt didn’t waste any time, picking the largest buck and putting an arrow through it at 18 yards. Amazingly, the rest of the deer didn’t spook, so, with a doe tag in his pocket, Schmiedt arrowed a second deer.

The really cool part of the story? The buck and doe were the first and second deer Schmiedt has ever killed with bow–proving all kinds of crazy things can happen during the rut.