June might be only a few hours old, but that doesn’t keep us from daydreaming about huge deer and the whitetail rut.
Fresh from my daily email inbox comes this note from longtime Deer & Deer Hunting subscriber Tom Fry:
"I have only been hunting for 3 years now (took this up late in life at 58). With that said I subscribed to D&DH for 3 years and look forward to and enjoy every issue. I have reviewed other hunting magazines and, from my perspective, D&DH is absolutely best. This year when I renewed my subscription, I was fortunate to also receive the "2011 Whitetail Rut Calendar." The pictures are terrific and the rut predictor is fantastic. The rut predictor will be extremely helpful to me during deer season.
"I live in Jacksonville, and you probably already know that deer season in Florida runs through the end of January. Needless to say after reviewing all the great rut information in the calendar from October 9 through December 31, I was disappointed that the month of January was not included in the predictions. Is there any were on the D&DH web site that I might be able to find what the predictions are for January 2012? I think it would be a great help to all those who subscribe to D&DH and hunt in Florida."
We’re on it, Tom. For other readers who might have been wondering the same thing about how the moon affects the rut in their area of the South, here are some more insights for this coming year’s rut from Charlie Alsheimer:
"The key for Tom, and anyone else who hunts this Southern rut, is knowing when does breed in his part of Florida," Alsheimer said. "You can find this out by contacting a deer biologist near where you hunt, because, for example, in some parts of Florida peak breeding is in December an, in some parts, January. I’ve even heard of areas where the breeding is in November. Once the breeding month is known, you can plan on seeing chasing ramp up 2-3 days after the full moon, with prime breeding occurring 5-21 days after the full moon."
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