Bruce: Bucks Before the Rut

Rut Reporter Eric Bruce has been writing about hunting and fishing for newspapers and magazines for 25 years and hunts deer all over the South, including near his Georgia home. States covered: AR, LA, MS, AL, GA, SC, FL.

All across the south, hunters are out in force pursuing whitetails. All southern states deer seasons are open. Bucks in South Carolina, Georgia, and parts of Arkansas and Louisiana are the closest to the rut, while Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi have a while to wait for hot rutting action.

The woods in South Carolina, Georgia, Arkansas, and Louisiana are full of buck rubs and scrapes and hunters need to read this sign and hunt accordingly. Bucks should be about ready to cruise for does. Scrape hunting and possibly rattling may produce a buck sighting.

Britt Pitre was hunting some family land in Louisiana last Saturday and though it was only her second season, she was eagerly awaiting daylight in the stand by herself. She saw what she thought was a small 8 pointer and nervously got her gun up and fired. Her husband heard the shot and made his way over to help look for the buck.

After some searching, they found the deer and were surprised that it was larger than she thought. Her buck was a 175-pound ten-pointer and a very handsome one at that. For only her second deer, this lady hunter now has a bragging-size trophy.

Louisiana also has an early youth hunt and Kristina LaTour took advantage of it. In early October she bagged a 110 pound six-pointer and the smile on her face showed how excited she was. A week later the young lady scored again with a 130 pound eight-pointer. (My contact, Scott Perrodin, said that her bucks will taste mighty fine with his Camp Dog Cajun Seasoning!)