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The Whitetail Deer Season has Begun

10/16/2017 Craig Joyner

Deer BuckExcept for the deer population residing in the State of Alabama, which is a special circumstance we will get to another day, the ‘Rut’ has or will begin soon for most of the country. Some areas will notice such activity well into December, but for the average deer hunter, it’s late October through late November. So, what are we talking about here? It’s the mating period for the Whitetail Deer, the number one game animal in North America. North American population now is about 39,000,000.

The beginning of the estrus cycle in the female and the elevated testosterone in the male is determined by the declining number of hours and minutes of daylight as the earth tilts in its route around the Sun. We can say with great certainty that the number of minutes of daylight on a given date, say November 7th, 1950 is exactly the same for November 7th, 2017. That’s a fact. You can look it up. So, the quick answer to the question, no matter where you hunt, as to the dates of the rut is, “same time as last year”.

For the deer hunter, the opportunity to see and harvest the herd buck for trophy or tender venison from a doe is the greatest during this period? Why? Both genders are not as concerned with staying alive and being, therefore, as secretive as is usual, all attention is focused on reproduction. The Buck rarely sleeps, rarely eats, is always on the prowl 24 hours a day and, therefore, gives you your best opportunity to, if that is your purpose, to harvest a prize.

Now that we have that out of the way, listing quickly, there are several things for the hunter to do to increase his chances even further.

  •  Stay in the stand all day.
  • Cover your scent and keep the wind in your face.
  • Get to the stand early and stay late, very late.
  • Hunt high in the morning and low in the afternoon to have the air currents rising and falling toward you.
  •  Take it seriously

Lastly, to make it more fun than ever, take a child or first-time hunter and enjoy.

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