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Rutting: Game Camera
Grant Woods

When to Schedule Vacation, Part II


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Last week I shared how a ruthless gang of researchers murdered the theory that moon phases determine when deer breed. There’s no reason to schedule vacation days to hunt based on certain phases of the moon if you wish to hunt the peak of the rut. You’ll be much better off calling the state wildlife […]

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2014-Oct
Grant Woods

When to Schedule Vacation Time During Deer Season


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I get LOTS of email from folks wondering when they should schedule their vacation so they can hunt the peak of the rut. I define “the peak of the rut” as when the biggest percentage of does are being bred. Using that definition it is easy to schedule vacation years in advance! Does at the […]

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Grant Woods

The Pre Rut


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The Pre Rut occurs during late July in south Florida, September in the South Carolina coastal counties, late October/early November during most of the whitetail’s range, and late December in south Texas. No matter when it occurs, where you hunt the pre rut is a great time to deer hunt! The pre rut occurs when […]

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Buck chasing doe
Grant Woods

Timing of the Rut


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I’ve heard many theories about what determines the timing of the rut. Most of these theories are based on assumptions that whitetail breeding is triggered by a specific phase or characteristic of the moon’s orbit. However, the “timing of whitetail breeding is related to a phase of the moon” theory was brutally murdered by a […]

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buck chasing doe
Grant Woods

The Rut


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Just the mention of November causes excitement throughout most of the whitetail’s range! This is probably because the peak of the whitetail’s rut occurs in November where most folks hunt deer. Hunting during the rut can be extremely exciting! This is a time when hunters are likely to see bucks chasing does, bucks fighting, and/or […]

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Deer pre-rut
Grant Woods

Pre-rut


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Throughout most of the whitetails’ range, the last week of October is the pre rut. This is a period during the breeding cycle of whitetails when bucks testosterone levels are high but, most does aren’t feeling the urge to dance. This results in bucks being very active, probably frustrated, and easily aggravated. Most men and […]

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