Bucks are rutting and many are being tagged by hunters in South Carolina, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Georgia. From all accounts, it is prime rut time in these states and the bucks are on the move. Hunters who are in the woods have an excellent chance of seeing a good buck now.

If a buck is in the area but not in range, a few grunts on a grunt call may bring him close. Rhonda Compton, left, of Lexington, South Carolina did just that on her low country hunting property.

Bruce Compton reports on Rhonda’s hunt: “With low temperatures on a crisp morning, she got settled in and started with low grunts and got an answer back. An 8-point buck came out to see if there was another buck moving in on his territory. Coming in to investigate from downwind, he stepped out at 100 yards broadside and offered a good shot. Rhonda ‘ground-checked’ him with her Savage 270. The buck weighed in at 130 pounds with a 15 ½ inch inside spread.”

Compton notes the bucks in his area of South Carolina are in rut. “Using a grunt call on early morning hunts in mid-November when bucks are still in rut can still bring them in!”

Farther to the west, Arkansas hunters are also enjoying good hunting for rutting bucks. Matt Horton reports that “the rut is in full swing, with the morning and mid-day hunts being the most successful. Bucks are chasing and tending does 24/7!” Horton reported several nice rut bucks taken, including one shot by Pappy Edge, who was hunting in Arkansas’ Van Buren County on opening weekend of rifle season. The handsome 14-pointer, shown here, scored 128 typical and 142 non-typical.


Here in Georgia, my son returned from his college traveling science team and on his first hunt of the year, grunted in and killed a stocky 6-pointer with his bow. Bucks are rutting and grunting in the south and it is prime time to get in on the action.