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Deer Must Eat Feverishly Before the Heat Of The Rut by Grant Woods


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Once the first doe becomes receptive in an area, bucks spend less time feeding and more time seeking out a receptive partner. Due to this behavior shift, bucks often lose up to 30% of their body weight during the rut. No wonder they feed like crazy just before the breeding season! Growing Deer together, Grant

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Grant Woods

When to Schedule Vacation, Part II


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  On the other hand, if a cold front passes where you are hunting during the peak of the rut, it can seem like there are deer moving all day long! Hunters tend to think this amount of daytime deer activity is due to the rut. It’s likely more related to the cooler than normal […]

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When to Schedule Vacation Time During Deer Season


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Lindsay did a great job of summarizing detailed scientific research and creating an easy to understand graphic that shows moon phases do not determine when deer breed. Most state agencies collect or have collected data on when deer breed in their area. If your goal is to schedule vacation days to hunt during the peak […]

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Grant Woods

The Pre Rut


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If the daytime temperature is normal or (even better) cooler than normal, bucks tend to be more active during daylight hours – or at least active in areas they are not usually active during daylight hours. These factors make the pre rut a prime time to hunt travel corridors where bucks may be traveling between […]

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Grant Woods

Timing of the Rut


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Each population had between three and 19 years of data. That’s the equivalent of these researchers being armed with several nuclear war heads. You simply don’t argue with a force who has that kind of fire power. I’ll save you all the statistical analysis and simply say they didn’t find any relationship between annual mean […]

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Grant Woods

The Rut


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During the early and late deer season the hunting strategies that tend to produce the best results are usually based around patterning deer going to food, cover, or water. Bucks tend to use the same sources of food, cover, and water daily unless the source of these items changes or they begin to associate them […]

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Grant Woods

Hunting the Pre-Rut


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  During this stage of the rut bucks will be cruising in the area or just downwind of the area where they expect does to be. When I was in high school and wanted to ask a girl out, I didn’t hang around the boys’ locker room. I strolled through the lunch room (food plots), […]

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