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- The whitetail rut is more of a marathon than a sprint; breeding activity may start as early as mid-October and then builds slowly and steadily. Even after the peak, actual breeding and ramped-up buck behavior stretches on for weeks. But throughout the course of this prolonged stretch, there will be certain days when the action will be off the charts. Days when you need to be in the woods.
- Insects suck. They also bite and sting. Some inject venom that can kill outright or produce a deadly allergic reaction. Others, like mosquitoes, spread parasites that are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people annually. Here is a deadly dozen—a rundown of the 12 most lethal insects and arachnids in the world.
- If most states’ gun seasons opened in September instead of November, you’d see more giant deer go down in the early season than you would during the rut. This is a time of year, when even the biggest bucks can be very predictable. Of course, most September deer hunters are limited to archery tackle now, but that didn’t stop them—plus a handful of muzzleloader and rifle hunters in a few outlier states—from putting some incredible bucks on the ground. Here are top trophies we’ve tracked down.