How to Hunt the Rut

The rutting season, also known as the breeding season, is a prime time for deer hunting. During this time, male deer (bucks) are actively seeking out females (does) to mate, and their behavior can be more predictable and easier for hunters to exploit. Here are a few things to consider if you’re planning on going deer hunting during the rut:


Know your deer behavior:

The rutting season can vary depending on your location, but in most areas it typically takes place in the fall. Bucks will start to rub their antlers on trees to mark their territory and lure in females, and they may also start making scrapes – shallow depressions in the ground where they urinate and leave scent to attract females. Pay attention to these signs, as they can give you a good idea of where the bucks are likely to be.


Use calls and decoys:

During the rut, bucks can be very vocal and may respond to calls or decoys. There are various deer calls on the market that mimic the sounds of a doe in heat, which can be an effective way to lure in a buck. Similarly, using a decoy – such as a fake deer head or a life-size deer decoy – can also help attract bucks. Just be sure to use caution when employing these tactics, as you don’t want to spook the deer or alert them to your presence.


Be patient:

As mentioned, the rut can be a prime time for deer hunting, but it can also be a bit of a waiting game. Bucks can be unpredictable, and you may have to sit for long periods of time before one comes into range. Be prepared to be patient and to sit tight, as a sudden movement or noise could spook the deer.


Stay scent-free:

Scent control is always important when hunting, but it’s especially critical during the rut. Bucks have a keen sense of smell and can detect even the slightest human odor, so be sure to use scent-eliminating products and avoid wearing heavily scented deodorants or perfumes.


Stay safe:

Finally, it’s important to always prioritize safety when deer hunting. Be sure to follow all local hunting regulations and always use proper safety equipment, such as a hunting vest and a tree stand harness. And never take a shot unless you are confident in your ability to make a clean, ethical kill.


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Overall, the rutting season can be a great time to go deer hunting, but it’s important to do your homework and be prepared. By understanding deer behavior, using calls and decoys, being patient, staying scent-free, and staying safe, you can increase your chances of success and have a rewarding hunting experience. Discover the best hunting tips from experts in the field! Join the Big Buck Bounty newsletter and take a look at some prize-winning bucks found on private and public lands over the years. Browse public hunting lands in Mississippi and Alabama and see if your buck lands in the trophy room!