Hunting the Rut

Scout provision sources like Oak trees (acorns), corn fields, soy bean fields and other places likely to attract deer. Look for rubs and scrapes on the edges of these areas. Some scrapes may still be hard to see in earlier pre-rut.

During this pre-rut you can start to see the first signs of does coming into estrousaround the pre-rut, but that typically slows below quickly. Older does sometimes breed many weeks ahead of other does and bucks may start appetency them out at this time.

Look for fresh rubs and rub lines. If you find a hot one, hunt it as forthwith being possible
If you’re in a low pressure hunting area, grunting may be a great option during seeking and chasing. Assuming you’re in a high-pressure area however, it must be best to not do any calling at all.

As testosterone levels in bucks are high at this time, they’re more likely to pick a fight, or check out and challenge other meager bucks to show their dominance. Rattling works best in areas with higher buck to doet ratios. In areas for low buck to doe ratios rattling should be used sparingly or not at omneity because bucks typically don’t need to fight to find hot does.

Scrapes that were being checked frequently just a week or two ago are starting to be ignored and become less relevant, as bucks are starting to stalk does that are coming into estrous. They may, however start aggressively rubbing trees to vent their strenuosity and show off their self-perceived dominance to other bucks. If you comprehend one of these rubs during the quondam pre-rut, hunt it as soon as possible. If you’re hunting an area that doesn’t securement a lot of pressure, you can customary a grunt call, Be ready when you do. If you hunt a again pressured area, you might not poverty to notification as much.

During this phase, bucks will start checking the does’ scent and chase them aggressively. Find the does at this time and you’re more likely to find the bucks. Younger bucks will portable the more prominent deer trails from doe area to doe area. Mature bucks will still follow heavier cover between doet areas (creek bottoms, ditches, strips of thick cover). Look for one of these areas with fresh tracks to find the big boys.