Across much of the country, the 2015 rut seemed to progress in fits and starts. Again warm weather was a big part of it, but I’m rarely content blaming just one thing for a poor rut. Another factor to consider is reduced deer numbers in many areas, as a result of planned herd reductions, EHD, and loss of habitat. When I think about the rocking ruts I’ve experienced in the past, most often I was in an area packed with deer. Now there are simply fewer deer, so the chance of seeing, for example, multiple bucks dogging a single doe, is diminished.